ive had my plot for 2 years and here is a warning to all allotment holders no matter how busy you are never ever be too busy to lock the gates. heres what just happened to me, saturday we had a wedding to go to and time was short but in the morning i had a call from friends at the local church to see if i could donate veg for the harvest festival. happyily i said yes so off we went to the plot to dig up lots of things filling a large box(rushing as we needed to get to the wedding)and then going to church to deliver it, by now feeling very proud that we could help by giving away lovely veg to help others. anyway our good deed done was done and of we went and had a lovely time at the wedding returning home very late shattered.
sunday morning we were woken by a knock at the door,it was a chap from the allotment asking if we had locked the gates yesterday as we had suffered a break in,!!!! yes youve guessed it, we were rushing so much we didnt lock up ,i was devastated. someone had removed the roofs of the sheds and taken the contents. convinced i was about to lose my plot my husband went up and thank goodness the others told me not to worry because it was just one of those things and not our fault.
i still feel so guilty that because of us we were robbed so please please no matter how busy you are always lock the gates.a good deed has now cost me the trust of my fellow gardeners and there cost of replacing items stolen.tomorrow i will have to face them say sorry and im so so worried. but at least the church were over joyed with our donation even though they are also upset when i told them whats happened.