Sudbury woman overwhelmed by messages of support for community garden
A woman has been overwhelmed by a series of heartfelt messages left at the site of a community garden, which she maintains in Sudbury.
Sarah Titford transformed an overgrown area of land along a public footpath in Bullocks Lane, and turned it into an established garden with flowers and plants.
“It had nettles growing in it for many years,” said Mrs Titford, of Chestnut Mews.
After two plants and a watering can were stolen from the site, Mrs Titford decided to leave a message on a postage label in a bid to warn off further thefts by highlighting the garden’s value in the community.
“I was disappointed and upset because we have very few problems down there,” said the 68-year-old.
However, what she had not anticipated was for her message to inspire others to leave their own words of appreciation.
“People have left their comments and they are really lovely,” said Mrs Titford.
One message read “This is my favourite place in Sudbury”, which Mrs Titford said had helped to restore her faith in the garden, following the recent thefts.
“It has made me feel better,” she said.
Mrs Titford and her friend, Maureen, tend the garden every day, which does not go unnoticed by passers-by and those appreciative of their selfless work.
“Whenever we are working down there, we receive nice comments,” said Mrs Titford. “But it’s sometimes even better when the people we don’t see leave messages.”
One little girl has been inspired to become a gardener because of their work, which Mrs Titford said was one of the many touching comments they had received.
“There have been some really lovely stories,” she said.
Visitors are welcome to leave their own messages at the site.