‘I fed 1,600 hungry people – but a vandal has destroyed my allotment’

A kind-hearted woman has been left in tears after the allotment she was using to grow food was destroyed by vandals.

Carly Burd, from Harlow, Essex claims she has fed around 1,600 people who have been struggling during the cost of living crisis.

A few weeks ago, Carly started planting on her allotment to grow fresh produce that she can give away to struggling people for free.

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But when she went to check on her crops this week, she discovered that a vandal had salted the soil overnight – effectively killing what she had growing there.

The woman, who posts on social media as @carlyburd43, has since shared a video of the damage while sobbing her heart out on social media.

However, Carly vowed that the cruel vandals will not be able to stop her from feeding hungry people in the clip, which has gained more than 52,000 likes.

She said: "I am absolutely heartbroken. Someone jumped over in the night and put salt all over the land.

"That means everything I've planted, planted won't grow and I can't replant on it because it won't grow.

"All the hours and hours and hours of work that we've put in is now dead and they've done it everywhere.

"How can you do that? Literally, I hope it makes you happy. I really do. Top person. But you know what?

"You won't stop me because I'll just pick it all up and I'll carry on. I can't plant in this section, but I'll carry on. You won't stop me whatsoever."

TikTok viewers have since rushed to the comments to offer her help and praise her for the work she does to help people in need.

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One user wrote: "I'm so sorry to hear this."

Another commented: "Can I help? I’m a gardener and I live 10 mins from Harlow. Please let me know somehow and I’ll help fix it xx."

A third added: "You can fix it with straw and water, that’s an old-school farming trick to restart the soil."

"What a hateful thing! Either someone is mad that you are feeding the poor or mad at you. Probably someone you know. Keep fighting and feeding," a fourth penned.

Essex Police have been contacted for a comment.


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