Trailer used by charity for community gardening project is stolen

PUBLISHED: 16:27 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:23 30 January 2019

Trailer stolen from Green Matters in Barnston. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Trailer stolen from Green Matters in Barnston. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


A trailer which was used by a charity for a gardening project to help elderly and vulnerable people has been stolen.

The trailer was securely stored at Rainbow Rural Centre, a farm in Barnston which supports disabled and vulnerable people, but thieves cut the locks and managed to remove the trailer some time between January 19 and January 21.

The trailer was owned by the Council for Voluntary Service Uttlesford (CVSU) who used it as part of a community-based gardening project called Green Matters.

Richard Corby, finance and administration manager for CVSU said: “It’s bad when anything gets stolen from anyone, but this is a charity and we help people and this means we can’t help people and it has an impact on them.”

“Unfortunately we have had to cancel some of our gardening jobs for this week - we were removing a tree from a gentlemen’s garden but we no longer have a trailer to take away the garden waste, so we have had to postpone.

“It will take some time for us to get a replacement, and this will impact on our ability to serve the community. It has an impact on all the people we are trying to help.

“Good news is the insurer has agreed our claim, and we should get a cheque in the next couple of weeks.”

Green Matters is made up of a professional gardener and volunteers and it is part-funded by Uttlesford District Council.

It was launched last March to assist people in need of help with the maintenance of their gardens - whether they are elderly and physically can’t do the work or vulnerable and in need of assistance.

Mr Corby said: “It’s not means tested at all - you just need to be in need of some help. It’s been hugely successful and we get lots of thank you cards from people saying we have made them feel happier by having a nice garden.”

To make a donation, volunteer or ask for a referral for the service, contact 01371 878400 or email

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