A TEAM of Good Samaritans has helped create a picture garden for a group of Cove pensioners - free of charge.

The gardeners with hearts of gold spent several hours "manicuring" the flower beds at sheltered accommodation in Montgomery Road.

Ben Mills and Martin Tilley worked hard at enriching the soil and putting in dozens of winter bedding plants.

The pair are employed by The Plant Centre at Chobham which stepped in after callous thieves stole flowers and furniture from the garden in April.

As soon as he read the story in the Star, owner Chris Potts gave the pensioners several replacement flower filled tubs and hanging baskets.

And Ben and Martin's visit last week was the result of a promise, made by Chris, to return in the winter to rejuvenate the flower beds.

Paul Bleach, The Plant Centre's contracts manager, said: "Everyone here thought the thieves were despicable.

"Chris felt he was in a position to help the pensioners feel a bit better, and so he did what he could."

Mrs Anne Garrett, 81, and Mrs Marie Edwards, 80, the two residents who tend the garden, are delighted with their new look flower beds.

They sent a "thank you" card to the Star for highlighting their story.

The couple also thanked Mr Potts for his kindness, and added: "In no way could we have done the sort of work which the gardeners have done.

"It proves there are more nice people in this world than nasty ones."