Plot thins as thieves hit volunteer garden
Tokoroa Community Garden manager, Bob Pudney is frustrated with the ongoing theft of produce.
The gardens which are run by a team of dedicated volunteers, sell locally grown vegetables at reasonable prices with all proceeds from the sales going to a charity group and the garden’s monthly rent and water charges.
Mr Pudney said those stealing from the gardens are killing crops.
‘‘There is a lot of people coming down in the afternoons when no one is here and helping themselves to the plants and killing off surrounding plants when they realise that they have pulled the crops before they are due.’’
According to Mr Pudney 20 per cent of the garden’s produce is being stolen.
‘‘We are a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.
‘‘If you want vegetables, all we ask is that you come down spend a few hours at the garden and we will give you a bag of free vege tables.’’
The Tokoroa Community Gardens Trust are looking at installing a sensor camera and video cameras to watch to apprehend thieves.
‘‘It’s a sad state of affairs,’’ Mr Pudney said.
‘‘We are now having to spend money on security when that money would be better used in our community.’’
One person has been trespassed from the site after being caught red handed.
If you have any information about the thefts please contact the Tokoroa police.
STRIPPED DOWN: Tokoroa Community Garden manager Bob Pudney in the plot of corn which was stripped of its produce by thieves.