Preston Gardener ordered to destroy £5000 Community Garden
A local pensioner has been ordered by a housing association to destroy a community garden which he spent thousands of pounds to create.
Jam Imani Rad 65 who is a retired teacher spent his life savings of £5000 to transform the urban space in front of his block of flats into a green environment. The housing association claim an agreement was made with Mr Rad not to carry out any more work on the garden in 2012. However, in the last six months Mr Rad has spent more money carrying out work on the garden.
Mr Rad states he is disappointed about the decision as he spent the money saved for his funeral on the garden. Some local residents have decided to attack the decision made by setting up a Change.org petition. Over 4000 petitions have been signed so far to save the community garden. Mr Rad says “I wanted to create a thing of beauty and show that pensioners can make a positive contribution and don’t need to sit there watching TV all day” (Yahoo! News).
Mr Rad states the garden hasn’t caused any problems to the community although he does admit to going over the agreement and carrying out more work on the community garden without permission from the housing association.
Mr Rad added to his statement saying “But the material was outside my house for six months and not once during that time did anyone from Community Gateway ask me to stop.” “Why have they waited until I’ve finished to ask me to destroy it?”
The garden is easily accessible to all local residents not just Mr Rad, this has sparked more complaints to the CGA from the community. Recently more statues and other objects including trellises and pathways has been added to the garden without any permission from the housing association. Mr Rad has been ordered to tear down the garden and return the space back to it’s old dilapidated state.