Mystery over Holyrood Park ‘Vote No’ indy message

One determined campaigner has cut their voting preference into the Queen's park. Picture: comp
One determined campaigner has cut their voting preference into the Queen's park. Picture: comp
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IT’S a green-fingered act of vandalism that brings a whole new edge to grassroots campaigning.

As the debate over independence heats up, rival activists are dreaming up ever more radical measures to get their message across.

Overshadowing the traditional window dressing and political bumper stickers, one determined campaigner has cut their voting preference into the Queen’s park.

The mystery mower struck in Holyrood Park on Sunday before images began appearing on social media.

Historic Scotland, which maintains the land, said police had been contacted and that it was being taken “very seriously”.

A spokesman said: “Historic Scotland staff are taking measures to neutralise the fertilised grass so as to make the writing unintelligible.

“They regularly patrol the park and will be extra vigilant in trying to prevent similar incidents occurring in future.” No arrests have been made, but both Yes and No campaigners have seen the funny side of it.

A spokesman for Yes Scotland said: “More and more people are realising that the grass will be greener with a Yes vote.”

SNP councillor for Portobello/Craigmillar Michael Bridgman said it was a “bizarre” act, but added: “It’s nice to see that the No campaigners are actually doing something constructive in gardening rather than turning up to actual debates.”

Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Central, Iain McGill, said: “This is great fun and mows a hole through the argument that all creatives are voting Yes!”

Better Together was unavailable for comment.

katie.richardson@edinburghnews.com