Monday, 22 June 2009

Low lights at the allotment

because of the low lives nearby ...

Since September 2007 when things started being stolen from our and other fellow holders plots, we decided to put a lock on our plot gates, but the one we had on Plot 11 had become weather damaged and we have not had the opportunity to replace it. Over the weekend, we noticed that someone had trespassed on plot 11 (above), there is nothing to steal there now, only fruit and vegetables when they grow.

Mind you the lock on the gates hasn’t really stopped the trespassers, they’ve managed to jump over the fence, or even break the locks as I have experienced more than once. Everyone here who has had something stolen know who the culprit is: a jack the lad and his family who live nearby. The family have a plot on the site which is treated as an extension of their house. He comes into the site with friends and family either early hours of the morning or late in the evening, when noone is around. Not to toil or tend to the land, but to 'feast their greedy eyes' on other peoples plots. How do I know, I have witnessed aspects of this unsavoury behaviour, not just from the individual concerned, but by the committee members too. Hence the reason why the committee is not interested in addressing this 'real issue'. They are more interested in victimising those that do not agree with them; or stealing from the dead, literally.

One way to catch the thieves in action is to put up CCTV cameras, but that is not going to happen in a million years, so this chapter will continue for years on end.

I have just read fellow Drooling Vegetable blog who has had all his ripe gooseberries 'taken'. It's a shame what some allotment sites have become. It's times like these when I wish my allotment was in my backyard.

You don’t just worry about trespassers from outside, it the ones on the inside that you have to worry about, as they cause the most damage: emotionally.


  1. Sadly, this is a common problem. We are fortunate in having a large enough garden to meet most of our growing needs, so we turned down an allotment. So many people are on the waiting list (last time I asked for 15 months at least) that it seemed a bit selfish to grab a plot we could manage without.

    I thought I'd miss the camaraderie but you do avoid tiresome meetings as well, and in fact our decision to convert out south facing front garden to veggie production has intrigued many of the neighbours. Even passing taxi drivers and delivery people remark on it and ask what things are.

  2. Mefinx,
    Thank you for your words.

    It must be a great feeling just to step out from your doorstep to that patch of land and pick maybe a herb, a lettuce or even a flower. Ah I am envious.

    Camaderie, yes that's an intresting aspect. To be honest, if I gave up my plot tomorrow, i would only miss one person truly, the others I could take or leave. So it depends really what your looking for. Sometimes people can be overbearing when all you want is quite.

  3. We have a similar problem in that there is an awful family of renters a few houses down and we've had so many things stolen: our mail, our solar lights, and some other yard decorations. It's so frustrating.

  4. Hi, I sympathise with all of the above,it must be heartbreaking to tend fruit and veg and just when you can reap the rewards to have them taken.Allotments in the UK seem to be run like army camps! Ours is private and we more or less plant or do what we want to,only getting together for a BBQ or at Christmas.Security has not been a problem as we are out in the country and up a laneway which if you don't know where it is you won't find it.

  5. Oh Michele,
    I am so sorry to hear this, it is even more terrible when it is on your homefront.

    Hello Peggy,
    Thank you for understanding, it has been a breath of fresh air for me to read and hear that other people have had similar experiences.


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