How to garden yourself happy – a top allotmenteer shares their tips
A woman was left devastated after vandals broke into her allotment, destroyed her crops and poured salt around.
Carly Burd, 43, who lives with multiple sclerosis and lupus and is on disability benefits, has been growing her own vegetables since last July and says she has helped to help feed over 1,600 people by giving them the vegetables during the cost of living crisis
On Saturday 8 April, Carly revealed what happened to her garden.
"I came down on Saturday morning and I just tasted and saw [the salt].
"Five kilograms plus of salt has been poured over my garden. It wasn't a kid grabbing it - it was an adult who knew what they were doing.
"What's heart-wrenching is that those onions were planted by children and they really put their effort in to put something back into the community.
"I felt like I'd been kicked in the face. I have no other explanation for it.
"Who would do that? It's just the most repulsive act I've ever known.
"[There's a huge] amount of people that it's going to affect, it's also affecting nature.
"All of the nature that's in the ground, all the worms, they're all dead. It has a massive impact."
Despite the setback, she still wants to give back to her community. She said: "Going forward, we carry on going. We're moving the other way, and trying to dig up as much as we can to get as much veg in the ground as we can.
"But affecting 300 people - that's a lot of veg in the ground I've just lost.
"On that land, we can't plant at all. Nothing will grow, so we're going to have an outdoor space with a tea and coffee area.
"We're going to invite the community over and have meal nights instead.
"All I can do at the moment is keep cracking on, I can't do anything else."