Thieves target Italian specimen plants from Worcester-based Villaggio Verde

Villaggio Verde, a specialist sourcing agent for olive trees and Mediterranean plants based in Worcester, was a victim of thieves last Sunday (16 August).

More than £6,000 worth of plants were taken, including 150 citrus trees, 40 Trachleospermum jasminoides, a 60-litre specimen of Phoenix and Trachycarpus, 3m high bamboos, tree ferns up to 3m high, along with pomegranates, figs and other individual specimens.  

Managing director Jason Hales said: "I am furious that a gang has entered our premises and 'hand picked' the best plants to steal. They must have had a lorry, probably larger than 7.5 tonnes. This was not an opportunist - it was organised.  While business has been good in 2009, due to our connections with garden designers and landscapers all over the country, we have strived to save costs in order to remain efficient in all that we do. 

"To have in excess of £6,000 of stock removed overnight is a blow. I want my plants back so if anyone has any clues please help us to find these individuals by calling the police on 0845 744 4888, quoting crime number 345 S 170809."


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