These were the unsightly scenes that greeted members from a tidy towns committee at the weekend after vandals destroyed flower beds.
Shockingly, this was the second time in just four weeks that vandals struck.
Volunteers aligned to Drumlish Tidy Towns Association said the incident had undone weeks of planning and behind the scenes work as it gears up for a series of events to mark this year’s Gathering.
It’s also led to questions as to what may have prompted last Sunday morning’s vandalism and whether the incident may be linked to a similar episode in June.
“We cleaned up that area a couple of years ago with the help of the council, got topsoil and put down plants,” said an evidently upset Annette Kane.
In her role as committee chairperson, Ms Kane said she, along with over 20 “seriously committed people”, had spent endless hours dedicating their spare time to enhancing the village’s all-round appearance.
The scene of last Sunday’s incident, lies along one of Drumlish’s busiest routeways and just off its main approach road from nearby Arva.
“This is now the second time in four weeks something like this has happened.
“Members of our committee live out there and with the recent weather we have been watering (flowers) day and night,” she said.
To make matters worse, Ms Kane said she had spent much of the previous evening taking photographs of a village basked in glorious sunshine as locals press ahead with the 2013 Gathering initiative.
“At this stage, you would be expecting people to be protecting what we are trying to create around our village,” she said.