The statue of Venus which has been elegantly situated in the Corner House garden for the past two years has been nicked.
Marian Temple, inspiration for the Wanstead Community Gardeners who look after the Corner House plot, writes:
I’m not particularly a lover of garden statuary especially not on a plinth so when we were offered a statue of Venus for the Corner House Garden, I wasn’t immediately enthusiastic. However, it seems churlish not to offer accommodation so Venus came along to set up home with us. She was quite a heavy girl and needed a porter’s trolley to shift her or sometimes we just mugged a chunky looking passer-by to shift our girl.
She’s been with us for a number of years and we’ve all got to love her peering out through the foliage especially of the enormous silver leaved cardoon. In winter we always moved her to the side garden as we thought she’d be too exposed when the foliage died down. Her winter quarters were a green cave in the privet. Last month with the foliage putting on a spurt, it was time for Venus to be brought out to take her place in the front bed.
Alas, that was not to be for Venus has been nicked. What a pity! We really miss her presence in the front bed. Somebody must have liked her a lot and we hope Venus and the somebody are happy with each other. Pity though that she couldn’t continue being part of the Corner House Garden and enjoyed by the many passing by.
Shoddy behaviour by someone.