THUGS have wrecked a community garden created as a tribute to the biggest events of 2012.
For the second time in two months hundreds of plants were pulled up and Union Jack flags ripped off their posts at the celebratory garden at the junction of Barrachnie Road and Garrowhill Drive, Glasgow.
Created by members of the Garrowhill Garden Estate Community Group, with the help of children from Garrowhill Primary School, the garden was vandalised over the weekend.
But hardworking chairman Barrie Linning did a quick fix and planted new flowers in an attempt to make the words – 'London Olympics 2012 Queen's Jubilee' – clear again.
This is the second time the garden has been vandalised.
On June 6 vandals ripped out all the plants that made out the word 'Jubilee' and most of the word 'Queen's' as well.
Evening Times Community Champion Barrie, 67, from Garrowhill, said: "People are removing the Union Jack flags and in the Jubilee section they ripped out all the plants.
"I have tidied up, because fortunately I had some spare plants. That's the last of them in now.
"There were more than 600 plants in the words. It is really annoying considering all the time that it took me to do it.
"When I saw it, I said 'That's me finished', but once I calmed down I thought, 'I am not going to let someone do this'.
"I am absolutely devastated that someone would do this with the amount of work I have put in there.
"It really is annoying. But it is not going to keep me from doing it.
"I put up a Union Jack flag, I drilled it into the post and fixed it securely, but they ripped it off.
"So I have gone down and put another one in. I have been going down every morning just to check.
"We have put up eight hanging baskets on the poles."
More than 50 school and nursery children, some as young as four, helped create the garden, which includes 600 plants to make the words, surrounded by bright coloured flowers and featuring Union Jack and Olympic bunting hung from the railings, as well as Olympic rings.
The garden is packed with lots of different plants including petunias, marigolds and begonias.
Barrie added: "We did the London Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee because it is a one-off. We will never see both together at the same time again.
"I started sewing seeds in March and then gradually planted it up.
"Everybody said it's fantastic. The people that shout out to me from their cars when I am down there in the morning say it's unbelievable."