Lincoln Cathedral says it is “deeply saddened” after £700 worth of roses planted in memory of Prince Philip have been stolen from its grounds. Around 35 rosebushes, planted on the East Green, were taken before 12am on Sunday, April 20, which has “undone months of work” undertaken by the Cathedral’s gardener.
A spokesperson from Lincoln Cathedral said: “We’re deeply saddened by this theft. The roses were planted as a memorial following the death of Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and were part of ongoing works to create an attractive, pleasant and enjoyable environment for all our visitors, and to begin creating diverse habitats for wildlife, in particular pollinators, around the cathedral.
“In total, the plants were worth around £700, but quite apart from the financial costs, there is the time, effort and care that has been put in by our gardener to plant and look after the roses as he works to enhance the green areas around the Cathedral.
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“We’re working closely with Lincolnshire Police and have shared CCTV footage with them in the hope of a positive outcome.” A post was put out Lincoln Cathedral’s Twitter at 9.40am on Thursday, April 20 that reads: “Well that’s a blooming disappointment – near midnight on Sunday, someone helped themselves to 35 rosebushes that were planted on the East Green, undoing months of care by our gardener Andy.
“We’re working with Lincolnshire Police and hope that CCTV footage might help us find the roses.” A spokesperson from Lincolnshire Police said: “We are investigating a report that an unknown number of rose bushes were taken from Lincoln Cathedral sometime overnight on Sunday 16 April into Monday 17.
“Investigations are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any information, CCTV, or any other footage to call us on 101, quoting reference 23000229058.”