Daventry gardening community rallies round to help arson-hit allotment holders

Arson damage at the allotments
Arson damage at the allotments

Members of Daventry’s gardening community have rallied round to help allotment holders whose sheds were destroyed by arsonists.

A number of items in the sheds were also lost, including tools, gardening supplies and furniture.

On Friday members of the Daventry Allotments and Garden Association gave up their spare time to clean up the damaged allotments.

Peter Kent, secretary of the association, said: “I sent out an email asking for volunteers to help tidy up the site and a dozen people turned up.

“We were there for a couple of hours and managed to take away what was left of the sheds and clean up all the mess.

“It was a great effort on the part of our members and the local community. It really helped lift the spirits of the victims of this arson attack.”

The association has put out an appeal for donations of tools to replace those lost in the fire. It is also looking for old sheds which could be picked up and reused on the allotments.

Donations can be made in person at the association’s shop in Welton Road, on Sunday mornings between 10.30am and 11am, or by calling Peter Kent on 07828 007402.

The association is also donating £50 from its own funds to the two allotment holders who were affected, Steve Price and Brian Gelder.

The fire broke just after 2am on Sunday, June 14. Both sheds were well alight by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

The fire had spread to nearby bins and compost stores, and neighbouring trees. Plants several metres away suffered significant heat damage.

The allotments are run by Daventry Town Council, which provided tea and coffee for the volunters during last week’s clean-up.

Town clerk Deborah Jewell said: “We are going to set up a meeting where allotment holders can sit down with the police and discuss ways of preventing this kind of crime.”

Anyone with information about the fire should contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.