Café owner vows to keep brightening lane up after planter vandalised

One of the plants removed from the planter cared for by Ali Simmons, of Paddy's.
One of the plants removed from the planter cared for by Ali Simmons, of Paddy's.

A community-minded café owner has said she plans to carry on brightening up the area outside her business after vandals ripped up flowers and left them strewn outside businesses recently.

Ali Simmons, of Paddy’s, on Dolphin Lane, in Boston, took over the planter about a month ago, and planted a number of flowers in it - but some have already been removed by vandals.

Ali Simmons, of Paddys, with the brick planter in Dolphin Lane now under her care.

Ali Simmons, of Paddys, with the brick planter in Dolphin Lane now under her care.

However, Ali says she’s had so many positive comments about the flowers and surrounding area that she doesn’t plan on letting it put her off.

She said: “There is a positive side that I have put what I’ve done on Facebook and people have made such lovely comments about it.

“People are saying I should keep on at it. The majority of the community are so encouraging so I’m going to keep doing it and keep loving it.”

Ali has even had further donations from local business Tina’s Tributes to put in the planters.

“Everybody’s been so supportive. It’s sad that occasionally there’s damage and people helping themselves.”

Ali, who’s business is only a year old, believes it’s important to be a part of the community.

She says there’s so much work that could be done in Boston, and that if everyone played there part the town could be improved.

“I was out the other day and took an outdoor brush around the area,” she said.

“The council simplic don’t have the time or resoures to do that to, maybe my standards, so I have done it.”

“It’s no big deal, in days gone by people would be out sweeping. We don’t see that anymore because people want to offload responsibility to others like the council - just get a brush and do it yourself.”

She said other problems such as dog poo should be reported and have been.

When the planter was originally set up by Ali, colour and scent was being provided by hyacinths with perfumed lavender to follow.

Ali provided and planted the area herself, customers donated plants and Tina’s Tribute florists on the corner helped.

Ali said at the time: “That’s my view from my restaurant and I want it to look clean and tidy.

“If we all do a little bit Boston can look so much better.”