They wrecked Victorian stonework, sent columns crashing into walls and hurled rare valuable artefacts into a lake during the wrecking spree at the Grade-I registered tourist attraction. The vandals systematically trashed the themed gardens, which date back to the 1840s, and even broke into a tunnel joining two gardens to steal its overhead lights. Biddulph Grange official Christine Belford said: "Anything that could break ended up being smashed." This included balustrades, urns and bells. The 60,000-visitors-a-year gardens will remain open as usual at weekends in November and December, and security is now being increased.
Handheld battery powered machines are growing in popularity with users keen to demonstrate their green credentials, Sally Drury finds.
Any request from a potential client for a 100 per cent clean and tidy job should set alarm bells ringing, Alan Sargent warns
A wide variety of options for training and finding work are available for people entering the horticulture profession from outside the sector, writes Jack Shamash.
ISS Facility Services Landscaping Arundel, West Sussex
Royal Alexandra and Albert School Surrey
Horticultural Service Technician - Stevenage, Hertfordshire
De Lacy Executive Hertfordshire
Garden Care Professional - Team Leader
The Fourth Room Contracts Ltd Ascot, Berkshire
The Chelsea Gardener Clapham Town, London (Greater)