A GROUP of community volunteers were shocked recently to see a $600 hedge of 30 plants stolen overnight.
The North Nowra Community Centre management committee had organised the hedge to help beautify the facility’s grounds.
Shoalhaven City Council supplied the plants, while the committee volunteers prepared the ground and did the planting.
Two weeks later the entire hedge had been removed.
Chairman of the management committee Tony Hunter said the treasurer Lydia Adams and her husband Les had done most of the work.
“They were the ones who discovered the theft and they were pretty upset,” he said.
“They came in to check on the plants and they were all gone.
“It’s a real shame because people love this centre, it is used by a lot of different groups. The better it looks the more pride people take in it and the more people want to use it.”
Mr Hunter said some of the residents around the centre kept an eye on the facility and phoned him when they saw suspicious activity on the grounds.
Previously a number of plants had been pulled out of another garden on the grounds.
“We have asked the council rangers to patrol this area more often and we have notified the police about the theft,” Mr Hunt said.
Last week the group replaced the stolen hedge.