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Thieves steal plants from Melton Botanical Garden

Thieves have stolen plants from the Melton Botanic Garden in the dead of night.

Three quiver trees were taken in late May from the Southern African bed near the depot in the north of the garden.

The distinctive trees had only recently been planted by volunteers.

Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden president John Bentley said it was disappointing to see the hard work of volunteers undone.

“As a group we’ve had to raise funds to acquire these plants, so it is disappointing to see the efforts of the volunteers treated this way,” Mr Bentley said.

“They’re quite valuable trees, and would have been a really good feature in the garden in a few years’ time.

“The real shame with this theft is these trees are very hard to grow in Melbourne, but we’ve created an environment for them to thrive.”

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Monday, June 10, 2019