Thieves steal mud pit from Buxton Community Garden

Buxton Community Garden's volunteers were shocked to discover that the garden's mud pit had been stolen recently.

The large pit full of purposefully collected mud was removed from the site, with only the pit's cover left behind.

And one thing is for certain - these thieves certainly got their hands dirty.

Garden coordinator Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley said there was no way the pit could have disappeared naturally.

"Whoever did this actually disassembled the pit and left the cover for the pit neatly folded at the garden," she said.

"We used the old stumps from the community hall to build it and even they were laying neatly to the side of the garden.

"It would have been really heavy to move so this had to have been someone who knew what they were doing."

Buxton Community Garden members sourced the mud a few years ago for the specific purpose of creating a children's play space.

"We hold our mud stomps there and we were hoping to hold one after the Covid-19 shut downs," Ms McArthur-Gumbley said.

"It was about four meters by two metres and 20 to 30 centimetres deep.

"There is nothing about this theft that isn't odd.

"It's just so strange."

The red arrows show what the pit looked like before it was stolen. Picture: Buxton Community Garden

The red arrows show what the pit looked like before it was stolen. Picture: Buxton Community Garden

About 70 locals and visitors attended the garden's 2018 mud event which was run in conjunction with Mud Fun Australia and aimed to teach participants about making mud bricks that will be used to construct an outdoor structure in the garden.

Ms McArthur-Gumbley said several people would have been required to remove the pit.

"When we had the mud bought in we had a truck and a small excavator," she said.

"I cannot see how one person could have done this on their own - especially with how neat they left the materials.

"I assume the mud is long gone, perhaps used to make an outdoor oven or something like that."

Ms McArthur-Gumbley said she posted about it on social media to see if anyone knew about the theft or could help them source some more mud.

"I don't even know how you'd report missing mud to the police," she said.

"The Facebook post has been shared about 50 times so I think it has tickled people's curiosity.

"It is really strange - but given all of the challenges Buxton has faced this year it is also a cruel thing to do."

Residents who may be able to help the garden source similar mud can contact: facebook.com/BuxtonCommunityGarden.

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