RESIDENTS have criticised the mindless arsonists who set fire to sheds and garden equipment at an allotment in Skegby.
Fire crews from Ashfield were called to Long Reign Allotment Gardens on Mansfield Road just after 5.30am on Sunday morning.
Wayne Marshall’s allotment was one of those which was damaged.
He said: “I hope they are proud of what they have done.
“The allotments have been targeted by unsavoury individuals who have nothing better to do.”
The vandals damaged water butts, sheds, poly tunnels as well as plants, some of which cannot be replanted until next year.
This is the latest in a string of attacks at the allotments, which cover six-and-half acres and are used by various community groups.
Teena Needham, who is secreatry of Long Reign Allotments, says: “We always seem to have a spate of attacks as soon as the light nights start coming.
“Normally it may be once every two to three months but it’s just spiking.”
She says that the problem is that there is an area of land behind the allotment which the yobs are using.
“It’s a piece of wasteland which they have fires on and ride bikes on.
“They are there at all times of the day and night and they keep coming over the hedge because we can’t afford to put a fence up.”
Erecting a fence could cost the group around £150,000.