Fears allotment badger raids cannot be stopped

PUBLISHED: 10:49 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 August 2015

Budleigh in Bloom's Bob Wilshire is pictured with Bob French who is the winner in the Budleigh in Bloom Communtiy Garden's cateogory and whose allotment is one of the gardens where badgers have eaten some of the plants. Ref exb 4655-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Budleigh in Bloom's Bob Wilshire is pictured with Bob French who is the winner in the Budleigh in Bloom Communtiy Garden's cateogory and whose allotment is one of the gardens where badgers have eaten some of the plants. Ref exb 4655-29-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Prize-winning allotment holders in Budleigh have seen their produce ‘obliterated’ by animal invaders – but it is feared nothing can be done to stop it happening.

Badgers are thought to have caused the trouble at the community gardens in Greenway Lane, with damage caused to plots, with fruit and vegetables taken.

Bob French, who won the prize for best plot in this year’s Budleigh in Bloom local gardens competition, said: “I had about a three foot row of carrots and a gooseberry bush completely obliterated and another one attacked.

“I know of at least five or six people who have had damage. It seems to be nearly every other day here.”

Budleigh Salterton Town Council previously said it had contacted landowner Clinton Devon Estates about the issue, but was told there was little that could be done.

Allotment holder Bob Wiltshire said: “There doesn’t seem to be anything we can do.

“We know the badgers are on the cutting of the old railway, and another place possibly in West Terrace.

“They make their way up to the allotments, because it’s nice pickings for them up there, and there’s not a lot we can do about it.

“They’ve got huge claws and can climb. When people have been growing something and overnight it gets decimated it makes people very upset, but there is not anything we can do.

“It’s nature. We can make a lot of fuss, and we could put up fencing all the way round, but I’m not sure much can be done about it.”

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