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Plants stolen from QE II Park & Sir Olva Georges Plaza

- First Lady Lorna G. Smith cries shame on perpetrators
Thieves have been carting away plants purchased with taxpayers' dollars from the Queen Elizabeth II Park as construction work moves apace. Photo: VINO
This sign that sits at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth II Park seems not enough to keep the public and unwelcomed guests- thieves- out as construction work progresses. Photo: VINO
This sign that sits at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth II Park seems not enough to keep the public and unwelcomed guests- thieves- out as construction work progresses. Photo: VINO
Thieves or vandals? The decorative lights in the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park are being destroyed and some removed. Photo: VINO
Thieves or vandals? The decorative lights in the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park are being destroyed and some removed. Photo: VINO
First Lady Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE has cried shame on the responsible for removing plants from the Sir Olva Georges Plaza and Queen Elizabeth II Park. Photo: VINO/File
First Lady Mrs Lorna G. Smith OBE has cried shame on the responsible for removing plants from the Sir Olva Georges Plaza and Queen Elizabeth II Park. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Shame on you,” said First Lady of the Virgin Islands Ms Lorna G. Smith OBE, TEP as she bemoaned the unsavory reports of person stealing plants from the Queen Elizabeth II Park and the Sir Olva Georges Plaza.

The Government of the Virgin Islands is currently expending thousands of taxpayers’ dollars to develop the Queen Elizabeth II Park with the intention of making it a family friendly space for residents and tourists alike.

Much of the money being spent is dedicated to the landscaping of the park, however, and much to the disgust of the contractors, several days during the course of last week they arrived at the facility only to find a number of the plants missing.

Minines Plant is the landscaping company contracted to execute the works at the Queen Elizabeth II Park. When contacted, one of its main men, Mr Stephen Steer, confirmed the reports received by this news site. “Yes, it is true. A few days during last week we have been noticing that every time we go there plants are missing, they are rooted out,” said Mr Steer.

He also confirmed that the plants were not donated but purchased by Government and appealed to residents to be vigilant as he said it is very distasteful what is being done.

Mr Steer explained that during the times the plants were noticed missing, the gates of the park were being left opened by others doing other construction works there. “They had promised that from last Saturday they were going to close the gate.”

Up to the time of speaking with Virgin Islands News Online, Mr Steer had not gone back to the location and was unable to say if the gates were being closed at the end of the day or if more plants had been stolen.

'Shame on you'

Meanwhile, First Lady Mrs Smith posted on her Facebook page that she had received reports that plants were being removed from the Sir Olva Georges Plaza.

“My nephew Dalan V (Vanterpool) started BVI Positive which is wonderful but there is a negative I cannot ignore any longer: a few months ago the Rotary Club of Tortola took on the beautification of Sir Olva Georges Plaza. No sooner had we put in the donated plants, the solar lights and hanging baskets than the lights were all stolen as were all four of the hanging baskets of flowering plants,” said Mrs Smith on social media.

She also alluded to the situation at the Queen Elizabeth II Park. “I understand that plants are now being stolen from the Queen Elizabeth Park as well. Obviously the person or persons committing these heinous acts is selfish, dishonest and has no interest in the quality of life of this country.”

“SHAME ON YOU!” she added and implored anyone seeing this activity to report it to the police as it’s a crime of theft.

Over at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park there is also evidence of vandalism and possible theft. Sitting in the park recently it could not pass this reporter’s eyes, the many broken and missing lights.

28 Responses to “Plants stolen from QE II Park & Sir Olva Georges Plaza”

  • Scary Mary (29/10/2015, 16:54) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where the heck are the CCT cameras?
  • dj (29/10/2015, 17:11) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have no shame in this place. To think that who ever dtole the plants can sleep peacefully at nights. Men sleep but God doesn't. I hope this get a taste of Karma. Dirty rotten thieves..
  • technology (29/10/2015, 17:17) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where are the cameras?
    • what cameras ?????? (29/10/2015, 18:14) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is our pride/conscience. Bvi did not need cameras years ago. some of us tooo damn thief.
  • Well (29/10/2015, 17:32) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Hope they went with those cactus that was planted in there. Those are the only plants need to be stolen from in there.
    • ...... (30/10/2015, 09:22) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I came on here to post the same comment..... lol. What a dumb idea (Cactus in a Park).
  • eye (29/10/2015, 17:47) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    the same people who planting them
  • born here (29/10/2015, 18:15) Like (26) Dislike (35) Reply
    People hungry and no supplies in schools and she talking about some silly plants get from here lady
    • @ born here (30/10/2015, 04:10) Like (4) Dislike (19) Reply
      I second the motion
    • :/ (30/10/2015, 16:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Silly plants bought with yours (that's if you work) & my tax dollar so you should be a tad bit ticked off at the A-holes who thiefing your money
  • Reading (29/10/2015, 18:42) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    More than shame now look the location of the park, when the plants are found file charges, a big disgrace, in fact even the churches surroundings are being deprived of tea plants that are used on Sunday mornings an other activities. Can you imagine as simple as it my sound who is so vindictive, pure boldfaced ness an covetousness. Sit back and watch your neighbor.
  • qc (29/10/2015, 20:30) Like (4) Dislike (23) Reply
    We do not need no damm park we need the two line high way
    • dog (29/10/2015, 22:21) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      why? so you can drag race after hours? Or rush only to get to a bottle neck? We live on an island with limited space. Get used to it.
  • wize up (29/10/2015, 21:32) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    see what BVI has become (WOW) where is immigration when U need them!!! them plants on some boat leave the territory as we speak
    • Strups (30/10/2015, 16:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Seriously? Immigration? Lol u ppl krazy as hell. Those plants in somebody house or them yard
  • LOL (29/10/2015, 22:00) Like (2) Dislike (12) Reply

    M** did it. He going sale them to pay for toilet paper in the schools.

  • Poverty (29/10/2015, 22:12) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Damn N D P place cross
  • Lord o (30/10/2015, 02:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Their must be in a CC Camera in that area monitoring the entrance to the Governor residents which will also monitor the park. These cameras can cover a 100 yards diameter. We will see the culprit.
  • .... (30/10/2015, 04:11) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    They steal the plants to get money to buy food
  • Wrongting (30/10/2015, 08:33) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    The people stole the wrong thing. They shouldn't steal the plants; they should steal the sign that says QEII and replace it with one that says RALPH TILFORD O'NEAL PARK as his starting for things being named in the BVI after Uncle Ralphie. What QEII? If you know the history behind them people, you would remove their name off anything in the BVI.
    • :/ (30/10/2015, 16:39) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      So that mean u removing the "British" from BVI as well? While u at it come out completely from under them & go independent
  • WTF (30/10/2015, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put up cameras to see all activities that go on in the park. The person or persons who are responsible are really depraved.
  • Looking on! (30/10/2015, 19:44) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Plants and tax payers money......thief is thief!
  • Lily Ann (31/10/2015, 16:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They didnt steal no plants to get financial gain... This was a Vindictive Act ... To spite the NDP Government !!!
  • Truth (05/11/2015, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Even if they stole the plants to buy bread it is still wrong. One thing do not excuses another
    The same story with the bus stops that Rotary installed, there are in disrepear people did not appreciated the great effort made. Buttonline do not touch what does not belong to you. Stilling is a sin no matter how small and insignificant it could be. If It is not yours, do not touch it. Besides God will judge us for that either we believe there is a God or not!!!



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