Dedicated volunteers have condemned vandals who attacked a plant display in the centre of Ellon.
Scores of bulbs were strewn across Neil Ross Square during the last two weekends.
The culprits pulled out tulips and daffodils about to bloom which had been planted by Ellon Civic Pride.
The volunteer group’s co-ordinator Frances Watson said they had been left “totally disheartened” by the vandalism, which has been reported to police.
She told the Times: “Our volunteers go to a lot of trouble to give Ellon a display to be proud of but when we get mindless morons doing this, we wonder why we bother.
“It is shameful. I’m not sure of the purpose behind this or what satisfaction could possibly be gained, but needless to say it will ruin the Spring floral display this year.”
Last September, Ellon Civic Pride planted around 200 bulbs, given by Aberdeenshire Council, in planters in Neil Ross Square and at the library.
Over the last two weekends the bulbs in Neil Ross Square were targeted. Frances said: “Of course this is disappointing for all concerned.
“Hopefully the culprits may take it upon themselves to stop this senseless behaviour. The fact it has happened in consecutive weekends is slightly worrying, however.”
Local politicians also voiced their condemnation.
Councillor Gillian Owen said: “This is an appalling act of vandalism.
“Ellon Civic Pride have many volunteers who work extremely hard to make our town look beautiful and I am at a loss to understand who would want to be so destructive to mere flowers.
“I do hope the police will act on any leads that they get and would urge anyone who saw this disgraceful act to contact the police as soon as possible.”
Mrs Owen is contacting local police to discuss how the community can become involved in stopping such behaviour.
Councillor Rob Merson said: “Ellon Civic Pride does an absolutely sterling job in providing the town a vibrant and attractive environment for residents and visitors alike.
“Many of their members are long-serving volunteers who have given selflessly of their time and efforts for the benefit of the community, and they are often to be seen hard at work, when others are at play.
“It is, therefore, particularly galling that their efforts should have been destroyed by mindless individuals who clearly do not contribute to our society, and seem instead to enjoy spoiling it for others.
“It is a sneaky despicable act, and I hope that anyone having witnessed the destruction will contact the police with any information which could lead to them being apprehended.”
Police Scotland confirmed that inquiries into the vandalism were ongoing.
A spokeswoman said: “We would encourage anyone with information to contact 101.”