All is not well in the gardens at Tyntesfield. Earlier this year they were burgled.
But before we delve too much, let’s go back to the week preceding this at Clevdon Court. Evidently some thieves broke into the out buildings, and stole all the gardening machinery and equipment. At that time of year, this sort of action goes on all over the country. At the beginning of gardening season is the time that stolen garden machinery sells fast and well.
So with a local National Trust property having been burgled, we would have thought that preparations would have been put in place at Tyntesfield to safe guard the property of the estate. After all, it belongs to all of us tax payers.
But no. Not one finger was raised to tighten security. In fact the same blasé attitude of it doesn’t belong to me applied. Or could we be wrong? Was it a simple break down of communication coupled with a misunderstanding.
Being a property manager receiving word that the neighbouring Trust gardens had been turned over probably just conjured up images of gardeners busy at work. Never once realising, that the same group of nocturnal horticulturalists were on their way to turn over Tyntesfield.
Once again It really does beggar belief, that the National Trust has a team of advisors to deal with matters of security.
Until recently, the estate had live-in staff. These were the real workers retained from the days of Lord Wraxall. These were the real people that not only cared about their work, but cared for and looked after the estate and the property of the estate.
Now the only real security is the cameras at each gate. Not much use when the estate can be accessed from all around and even less affective when the lights do not work to illuminate the band of thieves. Yes we did our homework at the time and the light at one of the gates failed to come on. Maybe a maintenance issue?
Previous to the burglaries, the newly appointed manager had addressed the Parish council and made it clear that the Trust will be challenging people on the estate. Bit of a task really when the place has an open access policy. Will the target visitor look like someone not wearing appropriate rambling attire or designer clothes and how this work will after dark.
On this one occasion we are in agreement with the National Trust management and think that the burglary was the work of a minority group of badgers. Eager to remove all implements that could be used against them they raided the out buildings, stole equipment, and sold it at the local boot sales.
What proof have we got of this you may ask? None we say with honesty, but it’s all too easy to blame a minority group, especially when there is so much prejudice against them.