A DAUGHTER has spoken of her heartache after a memorial plant paying tribute to her mum went missing.
For the last 12 years Denise Ellis has made it her ritual to leave a plant at Portchester Crematorium in memory of her mother, Lillian Page, from Buckland, who died at the age of 82.
The beautiful Poinsettia plant was left in the spot where Denise’s family had laid her ashes more than a decade ago.
But, to her dismay, within 24 hours the plant had gone.
Denise of Fearon Road, North End, said: ‘I was putting it there for my mum.
‘I put it down the Wednesday before Christmas and my daughter went the next day and said it was not there.
‘She said she thought it had been taken but she might have got the wrong spot.
‘I went back last Wednesday and it was not there.
‘I was quite upset to think someone had taken it.
‘I spoke to the office and they said they hadn’t cleared them away or anything because they don’t at this time of the year.’
She added: ‘I actually tucked it in because my mum’s ashes are buried near a rose bush.
‘Whoever took it must have cuts over their hands to get it out because it was tucked in amongst the rose bush.’
Denise was not sure about the motives of whoever removed the plant, but said it was a heartless act.
The accounts worker added: ’Whether someone has had ashes scattered there as well, I don’t know.
‘But I would never dream of removing someone else’s flowers.
‘There’s probably other people’s ashes scattered there and maybe someone did not want it there.’
She added: ‘It’s made me think twice about it. I might put a note in next time asking people to leave it.’