Geoff Hamilton garden statue stolen

A statue has been stolen from the late Geoff Hamilton's Barnsdale gardens in Rutland.

'Maurice' was a popular feature at Barnsdale Gardens, much-loved by staff and visitors alike.

Made from recycled lawn-mower and tractor parts, 'Maurice' was the centre-piece of the Reclaimed Garden, the last garden built by Barnsdale’s founder, the late Geoff Hamilton.  It was the second raid by thieves on the Rutland visitor attraction in just a few weeks.

‘We are all devastated,’ said Barnsdale’s owner, Nick Hamilton, ‘Although he’s only made of scrap metal and has no real monetary value, he’s a one-off and priceless to the people who love Barnsdale Gardens.’ Nick Hamilton has posted pictures of the statue on the Barnsdale website and Facebook page, and is hoping that someone will see Maurice and recognise him, so that he can be returned to his rightful place.

If you have any information, please call Leicestershire Constabulary on (0116) 222 2222 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111, and quote Crime Number NR/00351/11-1.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's Solutions: What is the difference between a head gardener and gardens manager? Part 2

Sargent's Solutions: What is the difference between a head gardener and gardens manager? Part 2

In the second of a two-part article, Alan Sargent looks at the functions of today's gardens manager.

Tractors - Maintenance models

Tractors - Maintenance models

The tractors chosen by professionals across the sector reflect the best features, backup and support on offer, says Sally Drury.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs
Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2017 - the winners!

Find out more about the outstanding parks, gardens and arboricultural projects and teams that became our Custodian Award 2017 winners.

Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources