Thousands of daffodils have been cut down in Bonnyrigg after locals complained that they would look “unsightly” after flowering.
Residents at Eskbank Road have previously complained that new cherry trees planted near their homes would create “unsightly blossom”.
Following what was a longer than average winter, the daffodils were just starting to bloom when a council employee used a lawn mower to chop them down.
Gillian Anderson, a classroom assistant from Lasswade, is at a loss to understand why anyone would complain about daffodils.
She said: “The council plants flowers for the enjoyment of local residents. Ninety-nine per cent of people were happy with them and so it seems a strange decision to cut them down.
“The council is talking about saving money by reducing hanging baskets, and so I don’t see the sense of getting rid of flowers that sell for a pound a bunch at the shops. It’s such a waste.”
Read full story in the May 2 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.