Gardener overwhelmed as generous businessman replaces plants stolen from him
A KEEN gardener's faith in human nature has been restored after a generous businessman replaced the plants that were stolen from him.
As reported, callous thieves targeted Jim Powers' front garden in Highgate, Cleethorpes, three times in as many weeks.
They took miniature conifers, costing about £50 each, prompting Jim to apply for planning permission to build a high wall and gate to protect his property in the future.
After being left exasperated by the thieves, Mr Powers has now been "overwhelmed" by the kindness of businessman Bob Callison, who delivered new plants to Jim's home yesterday.
Jim, who moved to the new build with his wife Julie, in March, said: "The way people have reacted since they saw my story in the Grimsby Telegraph has restored my faith in human nature.
"I couldn't believe anyone would sink so low as to steal plants. It was so annoying because I look after my garden to try and make the area better but these thieves were intent on ruining it.
"I really appreciate all the kind comments people have made and am especially grateful to Bob for the plants.
"Hopefully I'll have planning permission for the wall soon so they will be safe."
Mr Callison, who is also chairman of Cleethorpes In Bloom, presented Jim with pots full of young plants, including grasses, shrubs and chrysanthemums, which will make sure his garden looks good all year.
"The Cleethorpes In Bloom committee is grateful to residents like Jim who make their gardens beautiful," said Mr Callison. "It must have been extremely disheartening for him when the plants were stolen and we hope he will continue to try and make his garden look as good as it can.
"If the committee replaced the plants for him it would open the floodgates for people appealing for plants so I decided to pay for them out of my own pocket. They should look fabulous once they've matured."
As reported, Jim amused his neighbours after the plants were stolen by erecting a sign in his front garden which read: "The great plant take away has finished. They have been stolen so buy your own!"
The green-fingered thieves also smuggled plants from his neighbour's front garden.