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Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 20:20


Thanks for all your support nice to be on such a friendly, helpful forum for a change.

Well nothing has happened with getting our stuff back but I've been working hard over the half term holiday to get it back into some decent state, i've got our tools hanging up and used an old mini pvc green house shelving to store small tool, watering can, bottles etc on, so the inside of the shed is looking really organised right now. I've built a composter and planned my beds.

I've started to replace some bits and bobs thanks to people being lovely. We were given 4 herb plants and 6 strawberries by the local plant stall because she was so disgusted by the theft, So got half the strawberry plants we had back we have a rosemary, sage, thyme and marjoram. We found a plastic barrel washed up on the beach on sunday so we're going to use that as a water butt for now and then wait to get a proper one, when we have got ourself sorted.

My dad's kindly offered to rebuy us a coldframe. We said we'll give it till mid march if we hear nothing he'll replace it then.

We're going to get some pots on this payday, and I'm looking out for bargains on the pots.

To cheer myself up I brought some fruit trees, an apple, a pear, a plum and a cherry. We got 4 free 30 litre pots, so we're going to grow them in the pots so if we get a house with a nice big garden we can grow them on there at some point, Total came to £29.99p plus free p&p.

Got some vouchers so I'm going to by a walking pvc mini greenhouse and I'm looking out for cheap strawberry planters.

So hopefully with a little more hard work and tlc we should get there with the allotment.

gardengirl.. I am growing flowers with my vegs, growing sunflowers, sweet peas, cosmos, alsorts really, mostly flowers that I can cut. I want to grow a climber over the front of the shed, something that smells like honeysuckle or jasmine. But not sure at the moment.

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 20:51


Lovely police officer has come and he's seen all our evidence and seen all the photos and the time stamps and the boxes and pots etc and he's convinced that this is definitely theft, or at least the man clearly didn't have a clue what he was doing.

He's going to get the address for the man and go round and see what the outcome is and try and get our items back, the police officer is then going to talk to the council about the water butts for us as they have damaged our allotment in the process.

So we have to see what happens now...

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 10:44

this is it now!

 big bag of compost gone, he's trodden all over our turned over soil, so will have to re-turn it.

 water butts gone just rubbish left...

 our strawberries and pots gone...

 my birthday present the cold frame is gone...

 The holes where are herbs once were! And the mint in the ot has gone...


Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 10:33

this is before we started on the allotment...

 This is when we did some work on it...

 You can see we put some bark down and built the cold frame and herb bed...

 the cold frame and herb bed all done up,

 shed with everything ready to go once we could enter the shed

 soil turned over ready and compost and manure piled up ready to go.


Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 08:31

there is cctv cameras pointing down the tracks in the allotment and one is facing towards our allotment so hopefully the police will deal with it, waiting for the police now, if they can find us.

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 07:55

Thank you for your advice, we don't have a lot of money so we were going to do alittle each month thats why dad brought me the cold frame for my birthday to start us off.


He knew what he was doing cause the council told him we started on the allotment and told him to only empty the shed. He's a local business owner so when the police turn up we can tell him that.

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 06:53
He's the son of the woman that previously had the allotments

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 00:06

*6th January sorry,

Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 00:04

We have proof that we own all the plants, the cold frame, pots and compost. As we have photos with time and date stamps. But I just don't know what to do, we can't have an allotment without water source. Plus the 3 water butts were big 210 litre ones, and he emptied them, so flooded the allotment with them and we even think they were sharing water butts.

I'm absolutely devastated we worked so hard and it was looking exactly how we wanted it.

I just don't know what to do! Everything is gone!


Really need some help, badly!!!!

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 00:02

Basically I'm absolutely shocked, devastated in tears and completely don't know what to do!

Background history... We moved to Olney in October, we applied for an allotment on January 3rd and got an email saying an allotment was available on 6th August. Husband went to look at the 3 allotments available on friday 11th January and we fell in love wth a five pole allotment with a shed, fruitcages and water butts, composters the lot it was well maintained, perfect. We put our appliation in and on saturday 12th January it was ours.


Only hiccup was that the previous person passed away and the shed wasn't emptied, the guy that showed my husband around told us the son would come that weekend and empty the shed. So we left the shed as it was because of the sensitivity of the passing.

Fast forward to last weekend, we started doing some major work on the allotment. We turned the soil, we built a cold frame, we made a herb bed, planted up fruit bushes and strawberries we took all our terracotta pots over ready to start planting, we put a menbrain down and bark in the fruitcage to control the weeds. It looked amazing, I got taking photos and everything, especially of my coldframe as that was my birthday present.

Only problem we were lugging the tools around and we really needed to have the shed available. So I emailed the council and said we understood the sensative issue of the passing of the lady and how the son hadn't emptied the shed and how we were willing to use some bolt cutters and cut the lock and we would store the equipment inside to keep it safe or we could take it over to him if it was a problem.

The lady at the council replied the next day with this reply-

"Following your correspondence below I have been in contact with the previous allotment holder.

The keys are mislaid and they have removed all tools they require so you can as you say get some bolt cutters

and enter the shed.

 Hope you have a successful first season."


SoI borrowed the bolt cutters from work on monday night and tried to cut the padlock but failed. I managed to pull the doors open and found some tools and rubbish inside. I shut the door back on itself and moved the strawberry lanter infront for a bit more security. And decided I would get a screwdriver and need padlock clasp and screw it on, on friday. 

Fast forward to friday, i walk down to the allotment to find all the water butts are taken, one of the ornaments gone, my cold frame gone, my herbs have been dug up, my strawberries have been taken as well as the bag, a 100 litre bag of compost gone, all my pots gone, everything was just stripped and taken!


I broke down in tears, we spent so much money on the allotment and he stole it all!


I called the council, but they were closed. I tried the local police station but they were closed, so I dialled 101, and gave them some information, and they are sending a police officer tomorrow, (which means i'm going to miss my friends hen do, as I have to be present as i made the complaint) but we are completely stuck.


If we can't get all the stuff back I don't know what we are going to do, we can't afford to replace all that before the season, we we're meant to buy a PVC greenhouse and wood for our beds at end of this month. But we can't do that now if we have to replace the water butts, my cold frame, the herbs, strawberries and pots. We need the cold frame first and the water butts, but I can't see us being able to afford all tha next month.


I really don't know what to do! He's completely destoryed our season and we haven't even started yet and were new. And whats worse is he's left use with a whole load of rubbish! So we have to clear all that. 

We have proof

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