The Argus“Britain's worst gardener” had so much junk it could be seen on Google Earth (From The Argus)

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“Britain's worst gardener” had so much junk it could be seen on Google Earth

The Argus: “Britain's worst gardener” had so much junk it could be seen on Google Earth “Britain's worst gardener” had so much junk it could be seen on Google Earth

A HOMEOWNER has been dubbed “Britain's worst gardener” after he filled his back yard with so much junk it could be seen on Google Earth.

David Baxter's Uckfield garden is so overgrown the council was forced to take him to court because it posed a hazard to environmental health.

Baxter, 62, was fined £200 for failing to properly clean his rubbish tip back garden, after he was successfully prosecuted under the ‘untidy land’ law in 2012.

The garden, behind a smart semi-detached home in Mill Drove, is filled with rubble, rusting metal and garden waste. His mess was so bad the pile of rubbish could be seen on Google Earth.

Appearing before Hastings Magistrates' Court on June 4, Baxter pleaded guilty to one count of failing to comply with a Section 215 untidy land notice.

Wealden District Council issued the notice after receiving complaints from neighbours.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It's an absolute state – it looks like a bomb has gone off and when the sun's shining, it smells like a pigsty.

“I'm so glad I don't live directly next door – that garden needs to be sorted out.

“I spoke to him once about it, and he said he was landscaping.

“I don't know what he's landscaping, but he's probably the worst gardener in Britain.”

Council and Environmental Services Officers visited the site on numerous occasions in a bid to try to encourage Baxter to clean his mess.

Councillor Ann Newton, Wealden District Council cabinet member for planning and development, said: “Mr Baxter, despite being given numerous warnings, ignored Wealden Planning Enforcement Officer's reasonable requests to clear the land which was an eyesore that was upsetting to his neighbours.

“This left us with no choice but to prosecute. This successful prosecution shows Wealden's commitment to ensuring our residents are able to enjoy their surroundings.”

Baxter, who was fined £200 and ordered to pay £270 costs, was given a short deadline to remove all the rubbish and waste from his back garden or face further prosecution.

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1:35pm Sat 14 Jun 14

NathanAdler says...

It looks like trees to me.

Google Earth shows my garden furniture and trampoline for the grandchildren.

Is this really news?
It looks like trees to me. Google Earth shows my garden furniture and trampoline for the grandchildren. Is this really news? NathanAdler
  • Score: 27

2:00pm Sat 14 Jun 14

biker brighton says...

have you ever tried to take a large amout rubbish to the tip now no wounder it piles up and fly tipping is on increase i guess this guy had enough been turned away from the tip
have you ever tried to take a large amout rubbish to the tip now no wounder it piles up and fly tipping is on increase i guess this guy had enough been turned away from the tip biker brighton
  • Score: 4

2:48pm Sat 14 Jun 14

worthingite says...

Ha ha you can't see any rubbish in the garden, fools!
Ha ha you can't see any rubbish in the garden, fools! worthingite
  • Score: 26

9:02am Sun 15 Jun 14

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

Pathetic, all you can see is trees, ludicrous headline
Pathetic, all you can see is trees, ludicrous headline ShorehamBeachcomber
  • Score: 12

1:32pm Sun 15 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

And what happens when he still doesn't clear his outdoor mess up? Does he finally get sectioned? He must be mentally ill to allow this to happen. More needs to be done about people like this rather than just leaving them to rot in their own mess.
And what happens when he still doesn't clear his outdoor mess up? Does he finally get sectioned? He must be mentally ill to allow this to happen. More needs to be done about people like this rather than just leaving them to rot in their own mess. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

5:04pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Brightonian1966 says...

I can't see the wood for the trees
I can't see the wood for the trees Brightonian1966
  • Score: 10

11:25am Mon 16 Jun 14

ants4t says...

biker brighton wrote:
have you ever tried to take a large amout rubbish to the tip now no wounder it piles up and fly tipping is on increase i guess this guy had enough been turned away from the tip
How difficult is it to go to the tip? What part of the trip do you find way too hard? Is it the lifting? Is it the time consumption? Is it the travel? or is it the separation of recyclables?
[quote][p][bold]biker brighton[/bold] wrote: have you ever tried to take a large amout rubbish to the tip now no wounder it piles up and fly tipping is on increase i guess this guy had enough been turned away from the tip[/p][/quote]How difficult is it to go to the tip? What part of the trip do you find way too hard? Is it the lifting? Is it the time consumption? Is it the travel? or is it the separation of recyclables? ants4t
  • Score: 3

12:45pm Mon 16 Jun 14

lydz25 says...

The brown tree is not a tree! I was duped at first too, look carefully.
The brown tree is not a tree! I was duped at first too, look carefully. lydz25
  • Score: -1

5:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

boo2005 says...

biker brighton wrote:
have you ever tried to take a large amout rubbish to the tip now no wounder it piles up and fly tipping is on increase i guess this guy had enough been turned away from the tip
nonsense, it's completely irresponsible, common decency is something that a lot of today's society isn't taught, common, yes, decency well, you may as well ask the cat.....the law should be a lot tougher on these sorts of people!
[quote][p][bold]biker brighton[/bold] wrote: have you ever tried to take a large amout rubbish to the tip now no wounder it piles up and fly tipping is on increase i guess this guy had enough been turned away from the tip[/p][/quote]nonsense, it's completely irresponsible, common decency is something that a lot of today's society isn't taught, common, yes, decency well, you may as well ask the cat.....the law should be a lot tougher on these sorts of people! boo2005
  • Score: 2

5:38pm Mon 16 Jun 14

boo2005 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
And what happens when he still doesn't clear his outdoor mess up? Does he finally get sectioned? He must be mentally ill to allow this to happen. More needs to be done about people like this rather than just leaving them to rot in their own mess.
that's true, but there are others who simly don't care about their own or other's standards of living!......this is the 'ghetto mentality'.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: And what happens when he still doesn't clear his outdoor mess up? Does he finally get sectioned? He must be mentally ill to allow this to happen. More needs to be done about people like this rather than just leaving them to rot in their own mess.[/p][/quote]that's true, but there are others who simly don't care about their own or other's standards of living!......this is the 'ghetto mentality'. boo2005
  • Score: 1

2:41am Wed 18 Jun 14

wippasnapper says...

Makes you wonder what council staff get up to all day looking at Google earth spying on our gardens one day they will catch someone bathing nude and accuse them of indecent exposure or for not trimming your bush correctly in your lower regains haaaaaa is it not anoth we have CCTV every where or can we not have a bit of privet space like our back gardens or is this another way for the councils across the country to make money out of use poor soles.
Makes you wonder what council staff get up to all day looking at Google earth spying on our gardens one day they will catch someone bathing nude and accuse them of indecent exposure or for not trimming your bush correctly in your lower regains haaaaaa is it not anoth we have CCTV every where or can we not have a bit of privet space like our back gardens or is this another way for the councils across the country to make money out of use poor soles. wippasnapper
  • Score: 1

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