Mindless vandals have sabotaged attempts by the picturesque village of Castlecaulfield to retain its Ulster in Bloom title.
Garlanded with greenery, and heady with the scent of flowers, the South Tyrone village has enjoyed remarkable success in the annual flower contest.
However, after a mysterious attacker laid waste to the village’s flower beds on Wednesday night, the village was deep in gloom.
Three sites were hit including an eye-catching floral display at the entrance to the village based on a car mocked up to resemble a ladybird.
Taking to Facebook, Harold Armstrong of the local horticultural society warned: “We won’t be put off by a handful of brainless morons. We will join forces to replant the beds better than before.
“So if any would like to show their support and give us a hand now is the time to do something in the community and show these thugs that despite their worst efforts we will still continue to make Castlecaulfield a better place to live for everyone.”
Villagers are hoping that its blooms and flowering prowess will be restored to their full glory in time for the competition, the results of which are announced in September.