Every plant in a Portree garden is now dead or dying as a result of malicious act of vandalism that local police are investigating.
Anne and Alastair Morrison, who own the property at 13 Urquhart Place but who live in Inverness, were shocked to receive a phone call from a neighbour telling them of the damage.
“Our garden has been four years in the making and now it is ruined,” said Mr Morrison. “We don’t know exactly when this stuff, whatever it was, was sprayed on, but it must have been within the last two weeks.”
Among the plants affected by the pollutant are camellia, saxifrage, azalea, rhododendron, peony, acer, honeysuckle and forsythia. The front lawn was completely covered in the poisonous liquid — which Mr Morrison suspects was sprayed at night — and the back garden also shows signs of of being badly affected.
“We’ve got granchildren but we’ll be keeping them out of the garden until we know exactly what was sprayed on it,” added Mrs Morrison.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We received a report of vandalism to a garden in Urquhart Place, which consisted of damage to grass and plants by an unknown substance. The report was submitted to police at around 20:34 hours on Wednesday 27th May 2015. Enquiries are ongoing into the matter.”