A horticultural group has been targeted by thieves just days before they are due to travel to the final of the Britain in Bloom competition.
Members of Bridge of Earn-based Brig in Bloom will travel to London on Friday for an awards ceremony.
The group’s storage facility in the village was raided in the last week, leaving them facing the cost of replacing their gardening equipment.
It comes after they recently won the Best Village category at the Keep Scotland Beautiful awards and were nominated for the national contest.
Avril Fulton, vice-chairwoman of Brig in Bloom, said it was not the first time the the facility has been targeted by thieves.
She said: “It’s the second time this has happened.
“There was a lot more taken last year, including a strimmer with all the attachments, which was quite expensive.
“It’s quite upsetting. I don’t know how much this will cost us this time.
“Luckily it’s the end of the season so we won’t need the rotavators right now and hopefully we will have the insurance claim settled by the spring when we will need them.”
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “Between Friday October 18 and Tuesday October 22 two rotavators and three petrol motor mowers have been taken from a shed in Bridge of Earn.
“These items belonged to the Brig in Bloom group who maintain the many horticultural displays in Bridge of Earn, which punctuate this very scenic village.
“If anyone has any information in relation to these stolen items please call 101.”