Kind donations after vandals ruin guerilla’s garden

Tony with councillor Brian Roberts and Stuart Campbell, a local area technician
Tony with councillor Brian Roberts and Stuart Campbell, a local area technician

A community garden which was trashed by heartless vandals is being slowly restored to its former glory after receiving more kind donations.

The beautifully tended piece of land in Highbridge Walk is the work of 84-year-old Tony Robinson, who was first dubbed as Aylesbury’s guerilla gardener back in November.

But despite his efforts raising a smile from hundreds of passers-by and members of the community, vandals tore up flowers and threw stones from the rockery into the nearby over New Year.

Local councillor Brian Roberts, who is also chairman of the Greater Aylesbury Local Area Forum, heard about Tony’s plight and visited him at the spot beside Willowbank Terrace to donate some cobbles to replace the ones stolen from the rockery.

He was also joined by Bucks County Council’s local area technician Stuart Campbell, who donated a bag of cement which Tony will use to anchor the new stones in place.

Tony, who has been spending his time brightening the canalside corner since May last year, said: “I am so grateful – their goodwill is much appreciated.

“They were all so jolly and enthusiastic, and they gave me more than 100 pansies which my daughter Gail and I planted on Sunday.”

Cllr Roberts, who represents the Mandeville and Elm Farm ward, referred to the culprits as ‘mindless morons’, saying: “Tony is an inspiration to us all. We are rallying round him and working together to support him.”

Tony, of Florey Gardens, is still taking donations of curb stones, large cobbles and broken paving slabs to secure the rockery once more.