Welcome to our plot!

I'm Hazel, and in Nov 2006 my friend Jane and I took on a half plot at Hill Allotments, Sutton Coldfield - we want the satisfaction of growing and eating our own fruit and veg, and to improve our diet (and fitness!).

This is the story of what happened next...........

Sunday, February 21, 2010

You've Got Mail

With a smattering of snow on three days this week, February is not giving up on Winter too easily.

So I didn't think that I'd be going to the Hill this weekend, but then I had an email through midweek from John Badger (from the bottom) titled 'Vandals' - not something likely to gladden the heart, I must say.

Reading on, it seems that JB & rhubarb Brian were come from the Club after a committee meeting, & saw a couple of ne'er-do-wells in the headlights who were after my leeks.

They soon scarpered, & when I went to the Hill yesterday to have a look at what's been going on, I can't actually see any damage under the snow - apart from a stray leek on the path - so no real harm done.

Leek rustlers - what next?


  1. They must've been watching The Good Life a couple of weeks ago - the episode where the chap pinched the leeks from the front garden. Not funny really, is it. Sometimes I think an electric fence is needed to keep out thieves. Glad nothing is missing.

  2. There is a current thread on Grapevine about garden security.

    Very sadly, this comes up more and more and I think the problem is going to get a whole lot worse.

    Read an article in one of this months magazines (for the life of me cannot remember it/find it) which suggested that when we start getting shortages in the shops because of fuel shortages, strikes, whatever, stressed people will stop being nice, well-behaved citizens and do whatever they feel they have to to get food - and that will include theft from the nearest source, and allotments are targets waiting to be "attacked". Very sad but probably true.

  3. I would think your ne'er-do-wells are not starving, 'deserving poor' but out for a lark. I bet if you served them up a leek they wouldn't eat it!

  4. I remember that episode too, Aching Back - I also remember being puzzled as to why growing veg in the front garden was considered wierd, I thought it sounded like a good idea!

    I think that it's more likely to be bored kids - I know that some allotment sites have terrific problems with vandals (and people nicking stuff to eat), fortunately, we're rarely hit, bar the odd shed break-in.

    It's quite a 'good' area, there are big gates (which SHOULD be locked outside of Club opening hours) and the Club on site means that there is quite a lot of comings and goings. Also, there is a good community spirit which means that you'd recognise anyone who shouldn't be there!

  5. You ask what next - we have had tap rustlers.

    All the taps from our allotment site were stolen!

  6. At least the taps would be worth something for scrap metal, GL, but hardly worthwhile pinching, I wouldn't have thought...

  7. Someone reckones about £15 for the lot!


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