Break-in at Buxton’s Serpentine Community Farm

Madeline Hall, from the Serpentine Community Farm.
Madeline Hall, from the Serpentine Community Farm.

The Serpentine Community Farm has been broken into and items which were going to be donated to the foodbanks have been stolen.

The Farm, off Serpentine Walks, which is a former council plant nursery was targeted by sometime between lunchtime on Friday, November 17 and 11am on Sunday November 19.

Petty cash, broken camping stoves, a jar of coffee and gas canisters were all taken.

John Boardman, chief grower at the farm said: “It’s a community site. The cash was destined to fund the ingredients for making green tomato chutney which was intended to be donated to food banks. The camping stoves and coffee were used by our volunteers from the local day care centres. We’re sad someone was desperate enough to target our site for so little return.

“If you were involved in risking your future by breaking in to our site, we would be pleased to meet you and explore how we can help you find a better way forward for your life.”

Madeline Hall also from the farm added: “The real value of our farm is the volunteers and the seeds in the soil.”

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “Bolt cutters were used to break the lock on the community farm’s outbuilding where items where stolen.”

Anyone with information is asked to ring 101 quoting 297 of 19/11.