Estevan Community Garden was the target of some recent vandalism. 

"We have always dealt with vandalism at the gardens which is unfortunate," explained Courtney Shackleton, with the Community Garden. "What we had happen the other day was there were about six of seven garden beds that had plants pulled up out of the ground and then they just threw them on the ground, either next to it or all over."

She added that they discovered the damage soon afterwards and a few plants were able to be replanted. 

"But it was a pretty significant amount of plants. You could walk around see 15 plants or so that were pulled up. It was really sad to see that somebody would come and pull up plants for no reason."

She mentioned that there have had cases where people have come into the gardens thinking that the vegetables and plants are free for the taking. 

"I don't think that's the case here because they completely pulled up the roots and then thrown around. But we have had in the past where people will take things like watermelons and pumpkins and some of that is that they don't understand they're not supposed to take that stuff. They are for the members who have signed up and grown them all year."

As well, some of the garden beds are grown to supply the food bank. 

"Almost every year, everything they grow is donated to the food bank. It's something they like to do annually and they can never have enough there. They grow things like beans, things they can easily keep."

This latest act of vandalism won't stop the gardeners though. They vow to keep on growing. 

"We really want to get people involved. We want the gardens to be for everyone. We like the public coming to the gardens but we also expect the people to be courteous at the gardens and respectful and not take things that aren't yours."

"We want the gardens to be open, we don't want to shut it off so it's unfortunate that there are a couple bad apples that come through and make it harder for everyone else."

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