Volunteers in Ellon are furious after plants were stolen from tubs and containers in the town centre.
A group from Ellon Civic Pride have been out and about over the last few weekends planting polyanthus and other flowers to add a splash of winter colour.
But they have been left frustrated after volunteers noticed that some of the plants had been removed.
A spokesman for Ellon Civic Pride, who take responsibility for keeping up the appearance of the town, told the Times: “It’s not vandalism, it’s somebody randomly picking a plant out of each one thinking we won’t notice.
“This happens every year. The whole idea is that it is supposed to be for everybody’s benefit.
“If they want to get polyanthus then go and buy them, they only cost a few pounds.”
The plants are provided by Aberdeenshire Council, grown at Mintlaw and planted by the group each year.
The spokesman added: “The idea is to give some colour to Ellon in the winter and the springtime, but if these people keep taking them out for their own benefit then we all lose out.
“We really want this to stop.”
The volunteers have reported the incidents to police.