An 89-year-old woman faces having her allotment of 30 years taken away by a council because she has started growing flowers instead of vegetables, she said.
Edith Avery said she was told by Rogerstone Community Council that her plot, just a few feet from her back door, would be cleared this week because she had not complied with regulations.
Mrs Avery, of Cefn Road, Rogerstone, near Newport, south Wales, said it was “a shock and a worry” as she was given 14 days to clear the plot – a time limit which ends tomorrow – or the council would arrange it and charge her.
“They said there should be veg on there and I did have veg for years and years, but I’m 89 now and I don’t find it easy so it’s gradually gone over to shrubs and flowers,” the widow said.
“It’s quite well tended, it’s not neglected, but they said they’ve got a list of people who want allotments. There are so many that are unattended and overgrown, but it seems they want this one.”
She said she was not able to speak to the council as a message on its answer phone advised writing a letter.