THIEVES left a trail of damage while stealing plants from Birchfield Nursery, Kidders Lane, Henfield.
The intruders damaged fencing to get into the nursery and slashed four polytunnels which held plants worth £1,600 each.
Saplings growing in pots were also taken.
A statement from police said: “Persons responsible have left the nursery in a poor state with debris left strewn everywhere.”
Serial 0218 March 22.