Intruders at Hartswood

Last week there was another incident regarding unauthorised access to one of the allotment sites. 

This one occurred at Hartswood when three male adults, who clearly had no respect for social distancing rules, effectively barged past plot-holders who were accessing the site and who “stepped back” for their own safety. The intruders then wandered about the site, interfering with at least one of the plots before exiting when another plot-holder opened the car park gates to leave.  As far as we are aware no damage was done and nothing was stolen but this was a very un-nerving experience for the plot-holders involved.  Fortunately, unlike a recent event at the Ongar Road site, there was no direct threat of actual bodily injury, but this was a trespass and has been reported to the police.

Can everyone please:

1.    Be aware of strangers acting suspiciously near the gates.  Maybe just bide your time and wait for them to go away.

2.    Be aware that if you are accessing a site by car it is extremely easy for an intruder to “tailgate”.

3.    Stay safe – under no circumstances should any plot-holder confront any stranger at the site, particularly if they demonstrate any aggressive behaviour.

4.    If you are threatened then please call the police on the emergency number, 999 immediately.  Otherwise please file a report using the police website (https://www.essex.police.uk/).

5.    Always lock the gates.

But above all else, stay safe.

Ian Palmer,

Chair, Brentwood Horticultural Society

Green Waste Skip at Hartswood

We are expecting the Council Green Waste skip on Tuesday, 3rd October, morning and need lots of volunteers from around 9am to help fill it.

The more the merrier —  many hands make light work.

So, Tuesday at 9. please.

Steve and Ian,

Site Reps

Hartswood Allotment Cleanup!

A big “Thank you” to all who helped during the past few days.

 

On Friday, we managed to clear away three trailer loads of scrap metal from the vicinity of plots 1, 2, and 3 (as well as from 5 and 16). Special thanks to Colin for providing the trailer.  And of course to G J Bowmer (Waste Disposal) Ltd who took the scrap.  They have also helped in the past with disposal of asbestos.

On Saturday we had a major fire on plot 118, the plot just inside the main gate.  This has cleared an awful lot of rubbish and allowed Jim to start digging. Many thanks for those who were able to help at such short notice.

There is still a lot of work to do on plot 118, which is now the community plot.  Any help with the digging would be much appreciated. Whenever you are available, and even when you are at your own plots, a few minutes digging would make a huge difference. Just turn the soil and heap up any weeds and roots you dislodge. We cannot leave it all to Jim.

And finally a big thank you to Olivier who has been working with his chainsaw to get proper access to plots 29 and 30 and open up the far corner.

I have attached a few photos I managed to take.

I hope we see you soon — especially helping recover plot 118.