Sunday, 24 January 2010

R.I.P Plot 45

I was umming and erring whether to go to the plot this morning,
Then the decision was made for us, when we got a phone call from one of the committee members to tell us that she had some bad news. Our plot had been burned down.

You may remember, early in the year two other plot holders plots had been targeted. This time it was ours. About an hour or so later, after preparing ourselves for the worst, we drove over. As we entered the site, we could see smoke from the distant, as we got closer, it was certainly our plot - all the buildings: the greenhouse, the shed, the hut and the tool shed had all been been torched, set alight, burnt to the ground. There is no doubt about it we have been targeted for some reason, both the plots on our sides belonging to the Allotment president and the other to the allotment treasurer were not damaged at all, which is really ironic as they are pretty close.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know a little background and history of this private allotment site. If your interested you can read a bit about the thieving at the plot here and here; and the committee attitudes and behaviours here and here. Maybe our caring for the place, showing consideration to others and speaking up now and again, has made us some enemies.

We have to think a bit more about our participation and future at this allotment site, and will do so over the next few days. Right now, we are both completely heart-broken.

41 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear about your plot. What's wrong with people that they do things like this. I hope that they can figure out who the culprit is and curb this kind of thing.

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  2. Oh no! That's so awful, I don't know what to say :( I really feel for you and your loss. I don't think there's anything I can do, but I trust you'll tell me if you think otherwise.

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  3. The nerve of some people. How attrocious. Mangocheeks, I'm so sorry. I do hope there's another allotment site you can be a part of. Maybe this is more incentive to make that move after all.

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  4. How awful for you - you have our sympathy.

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  5. I am so so sorry for your loss. This is truly maddening to hear about. :(

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about this. I don't know what else to say other than that but I'm shocked and my heart goes out to you x

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  7. Oh my god, I felt sick reading this post. I hope the callous buggers who did this get their comeuppance. I'm a great believer in karma..
    So sorry to here this

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  8. I'm so sorry to hear the terrible news about your plot.

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  9. So sorry, mangocheeks, to hear about damage done to Plot 45. What a shame!

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  10. SO ridiculously stupid! It makes me spitting mad.

    I am so so so sorry for your loss, MC.

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  11. Oh Mangocheeks - how absolutely horrible for you. Unfortunately allotment holding is not always unalloyed joy and some of the vandalism experienced can be perpetrated by fellow allotment holders. We have personal experience of this and even though it was as nothing compared to your situation, it was very upsetting. Don't let the b...... grind you down - sowing and growing vegetables must carry on.

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  12. Oh Mangocheeks, how very sad and frustrating for you both I really don't know what to say, except that I am thinking of you both.

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  13. Absolutely dreadful news. I'm so sorry. I felt a bit sick when I read this as I would be in bits if it was my plot. I fully understand how heartbroken you must be.

    Have some time out to think and regroup. Whatever you decide, do please keep growing food (I have a feeling you will!).
    I wish you happier allotment times in the future.

    XXX

    RIP plot 45

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  14. Oh, how awful! I think it is shameful, the behavior of some people. One of the reasons we moved out of town is the senseless vandalism that was occurring in our neighborhood. It makes it even worse if you were deliberately targeted. Hugs to you.
    Judy

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  15. I am so sorry Mangocheeks! That is just heartbreaking, after all of your hard work.

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  16. I am so sorry for your loss. You must be heartbroken and angry for all the hard work your fingers and spirit put into Plot 45. I know my words don't help; I just want to say I'm sorry it happened.

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  17. Im so sorry to hear that! Thats terrible! My heart goes out to you. I would be devistated if I had no where to garden. I hope something happens to those who have done this horrible thing to you. It does sound very suspicous! Are you able to have a garden somewhere else? Sorry again about this terrible burning of your plot!

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  18. I am so sorry to hear of this!

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  19. This is so sad news!!! I'm sending you lots of warm hugs from Sweden. I love your blog, and I think you are so talented! I hope you will keep on growing vegetables and cooking.

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  20. {mouth agape in horror} that's terrible MC.
    I'm so sorry you and D have suffered such a vicious attack. I can hardly believe it and yet now I've read your previous posts about unpleasantness and other attacks on your site it seems less surprising.
    I only caught up on your weekend postings this morning and read your post about thinking it might be time to move. So I guess with that ringing in my ears I wonder if as sad as this is right now for you it may prove to be a blessing in the future? About a year ago you commented 'if I knew then what I know now I would never have taken a plot here' and it's always saddened me that your site lacks the community spirit usually common among allotment gardeners. It's why I admire your hard work at the plot even more. Having to start afresh can be more healing for the heart than trying to rescue something from the wreckage and I really believe there is the perfect house out there for you with lots of storage space for all those gorgeous chutneys you make with vegetables picked straight from your garden.
    big hugs, N x x x

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  21. My gosh, that's really, really dreadful and upsetting. I just read your other posts regarding the history of the allotment and the committee members - utterly appalling. Hopefully better luck and good people are coming your way.

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  22. HI, I have not had time to do much blog hopping this last week so was just popping in to browse.I am absolutely stunned to read your post and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and D,the tool shed as well is really gut wrenching.have you thought of going to the local paper and high lighting the vandalism?I read down your previous posts also and see that you are thinking of moving, maybe a little house with a bit of land would be in your budget?I hope so as what you have gone through at this site is soul destroying.

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  23. I really want to Thank each and everyone of your for your thoughtful and kind comments. They are really, really most appreciated. Please do forgive me this time round for not responding to your comments individually. I have truly been touched by them all.

    I would like to add that We had decided to give up the plot 45 pretty much after we received the news of the fire. If it wasn’t for the egos and the lack of motivation for real change amongst the committee, our decision may have been different, but it is not worth going back to and rebuilding.

    Saying that though, the nurturing individual in me wants to go back this weekend and harvest the little I have left planted there. I want to say goodbye to a couple of people who have been good to us. I also want to show you what has become of plot 45. After that, I would throw away my keys, but Ds attitude understandably is fuck it, he doesnt want us to dwell on it and hurt more. He is really cut up about it and wants nothing more to do with the place. I will respect his wishes. I too have lost affection for the place.

    Of course, I will not give up on growing. I have been neglecting my garden plot for awhile, so maybe a bit of love is due back in that direction. My garden plot may not on the scale of the allotment, but its a humbling reminder of where I once began and begin again. I will have to start my collection of seedling pots, compost, tools including spades and netting. The one thing I will have to come to terms with now though is my harvest of course will be much smaller, so I will seriously have to give some consideration about what I want to eat and therefore grow in my garden plot, pots and window space. I may also in time put my name forward for allotment plots elsewhere. I know with the current demands and the long waiting list it may take months, even years before I get another plot, but who knows, I may get lucky. I may even get a house with a fair size garden. I am, WE are both trying to be optimistic.


    Peggy I have been thinking about your suggestion of going to a local paper. When my head stops hurting I may post my keys with a bit of background and leave it to that, who knows someone may pick up on it. I don't have the energy to fight in this corner anymore.

    Once again, to each and everyone of You. Thank you.

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  24. Oh my goodness, mangocheeks, just read this and am absolutely gutted for you. It's really hard to believe there are people around who would do something like this and you must be mystified and bewildered by this.

    Your blog has always been a fantastic inspiration, and I am very, very sorry to hear this terrible news. My heart goes out to you and D, and I hope you report it to the police who must investigate it surely?

    I sincerely hope you still post your fantastic recipes and your inspiration of growing your own from your garden, and wish you all the best with what happens from here on.

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  25. I totally understand where D and yourself is coming from on this and like you I would want to harvest what I could before handing in your keys.

    I wish you both the best in your growing endeavours and I also ask for a blessing of a great home with a massive garden :) you both deserve it.

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  26. Thank you Moira.

    Thank you Kella.
    I wish it was a massive garden then I would have no desire for an allotment. The garden plot that D dug up for me when we first moved into this flat is about 6 foot by 8 foot, not huge, but enough to keep me busy with courgettes and salad leaves, along with the pots for potaotes.
    :D

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  27. Ooh my god, who did this??? What's the matter with them?? Are they jealous??? I hope they will find the person who did this!!!

    You have put a whole lot of love & energy in this plot! How deat they!!!

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  28. oh no - I'm really sorry to hear that.
    I wish you all the best in your next gardening project

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  29. Grrrr- how completely rubbish for you. Echo everything people have already said above, and sure you will find some inventive ways of making your garden plot as productive as possible. Good luck with it all!

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  30. I am sorry to hear about your plot - and sorry to hear how you have been worn down as I have loved reading your positive posts and you seem a warm and generous person - I find it hard to understand such petty vandalism and am sad it is the end of your time with this allotment but a least it sounds like your enthusiasm for growing and cooking will not be dinted

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  31. Thank you to each and everyone of You for your kind words and encouragement.

    We are really both hurting about our allotment plot, and it all somehow seems unreal, but I know it is all very much real.

    Whilst at work today I couldn't stop thinking about some of my growing veg. I want to go over and pick some leeks,sprouts and dig up some Jerusalem artichokes, but I cannot. I must learn to distance myself from the remaining things there that I have lovingly nurtured from seed. It is certainly hard.

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  32. I'm so sorry to hear this. There really are some mindless people about. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise, I read your previous posts about the people on your site and they don't seem to be the friendly, warm hearted people that you usually find on allotments, so if you do decide to put your name down for an allotment on another site you might find that it is more welcoming. Good luck with the coming season on your garden patch. I used to grow lots of things in containers before I got my allotment and I know it can be just as much fun.

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  33. Mangocheeks, I'm really really sorry to hear about your plot! It's truly a heart-broken thing. I wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and D at this difficult time. Hope you both will get through it soon!

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  34. Who could do such a thing, Mango? I am so sorry to read about this. I cannot believe that all your growing efforts could fall short, though — your karma is too good.

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  35. oh so sorry to hear that mangocheeks!! really can't believe the nerve of some people, it really goes against everything allotmenteering is about!! good idea about going to the newspaper about it, might highlight the issues you've had to endure. Our allotment flooded a couple of weeks ago and literally turned into a lake so we're going to survey the damage as soon as we can but I think I can take it my shallots and garlic are well washed away. Are there any other allotments in the area you could take? maybe a private one?

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  36. Oh gosh, thats so sad :( Poor allotment, I'm really sorry to hear about this! xx

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  37. That is truly upsetting, what the heck is wrong with people?

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  38. Thank you to you all for sharing your comments and thoughts.

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  39. better late than never, this is awful and sad, what a waste. strange and heartbreaking that you never seize to be amazed at (some, too many) people's nastiness...

    i hope something good can come from it, somewhere down the line, in ways still unknown.

    i will also say that i love you newish (?) header. wonderful photo!

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  40. Thank you Pia K.
    Yes, there is certainly an ugly side to human beings :(
    This still really hurts. Thanks for you words. Most appreciated.

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