Stanton allotment holders are grateful to District Councillor Jim Thorndyke for his contribution of £658.50 of locality funding towards the purchase of buying bare root hedging in a crime prevention move to deter theft and damage being caused to property.
In recent weeks, the allotments in Glassfield Road Stanton have received some unwelcome visitors resulting in sheds broken into, tools stolen, green house glass smashed, fences pulled over and plants and produce ruined which has been very distressing for the allotment holders.
In 2019 the Parish Council paid £2,800 for new fencing around the site to try to alleviate the problem of trespassers but this has proved insufficient to deter the most recent vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
After consultation with the police and the Parish Council, and with the kind permission of Wyken Farms and Carberry Transport, 140 metres of fencing will be reinforced with another level of defence in the shape of thorny, spiky and prickly plants to deter any further damage.
Common hawthorn, blackthorn, spindle tree, European hornbeam and dog rose have been purchased after advice from the Royal Horticulture Society. The added benefit will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, good for birds and wildlife as well as deterring the most determined trespasser.
The allotment holders have been taking advantage of a short spell of sunshine and have undertaken the back breaking work of planting 650 bare root hedging.
Should you have any information about allotment damage then please report this to the police on https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something - you can report information anonymously if you wish or in confidence to Stantonparishcouncil@gmail.com