Volunteer gardeners at a sheltered housing complex were devastated after thieves stole the second of three hanging basket stands.
One of the metal stands in the communal garden in Edmonds Close, Stamford, was discovered missing by a resident on Sunday morning.
It was the second of three to be stolen after thieves took another stand two months ago.
One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “I went out to water the plants at 7pm on Saturday. The next morning they were gone.
“We look after the gardens on a voluntary basis and we get no funding so we have to raise money to make them nice ourselves.
“But when this happens you hit rock bottom.”
The stand was secured in the ground by four foot-long metal brackets and the recently-watered hanging baskets were fixed on with cable ties.
The resident added: “I tried to lift one of them but I could only move it about two inches.
“It must have taken a lot of effort to take it.”
The resident said he saw a scrap metal van in the street a few days ago and thought that could have had something to do with the theft.
He added: “It’s only worth about £30 or £40.
“It wouldn’t have been worth a lot as scrap but its worth a lot to us.”
The resident joined police in calls for any witnesses to come forward.
If you saw anything call 101 quoting incident number 93 of July 15.