Volunteers upset by garden crash

Karen HuntManjimup-Bridgetown Times

A car allegedly driven by a Manjimup youth smashed into the Ashbil Community Garden in Bridgetown on Saturday.

Members arrived at the garden to find a post securing a shade sail on the ground and the Mazda wedged atop a wicking bed with its bonnet resting against a playground fence.

Community garden coordinator Pete Seaward said the members were disappointed to see the unnecessary damage.

“We were pretty angry that somebody had done this because we’re all volunteers and we spend a lot of time doing what we do down there,” Mr Seaward said.

While the damages bill would not be high – about several hundred dollars – the group was upset at the incident, which follows several episodes of vandalism.

“What we’ve said is we would like to see whoever’s been involved in this actually come down and make it good,” Mr Seaward said.

He said scarecrows made by artist Chris Latham and donated to the garden, had their heads broken about four weeks ago.

Earlier in the year, windows in a children’s cubby house were broken on a couple of occasions and produce was destroyed.

Manjimup police are investigating the car crash, Bridgetown officer-in-charge Sgt Phil Nation said on Monday.

Police are looking into how the driver lost control of the vehicle.

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