Work has begun to remove unauthorised items from a controversial communal garden.
Pensioner Jam Imani Rad carried out extensive landscaping on land in Harrington Street, Preston, but failed to gain written permission.
Although landlord Community Gateway Association (CGA) has now allowed much of the work to stay, it gained a court order for the removal of unauthorised items deemed to be a health and safety risk.
Mr Rad, 66, declined to do this within the given 28 day period, and now CGA have the right to remove the items. At around 8am this morning, staff arrived to start clearing statues, arches and plants.
Mr Rad said: “I feel absolutely devestated.
“I couldn’t remove the plants, I wasn’t able too - when you grow something you have a special connected to it, and you can’t just kill it.”