Our publicly accessible community orchards offer fruit and nature experience for everyone. It does therefore stand to reason that anyone can help themselves to fruit.
We are in a roller-coaster of emotions between frustration and bewilderment to see that some persons help themselves to all the fruit however, weeks before it is ripe and ready. They even took our hand-grafted tree labels for easy identification!
Others continue to help themselves to tree stakes, rabbit guards or a whole tree, while yet others again equate an orchard to a garden waste deposit site.
Honestly, I lack the words to describe just how off some people’s morale compass appears to be. But I can hope, and I can wish:
I wish everyone picking unripe fruit stomach cramps, indigestion and a realisation of stupidity.
I wish everyone anti-social enough to take all the fruit a painfully bloated feeling and a good dose of shame.
I wish everyone who conveniently looks away when the dog gets down to business in the meadows or discreetly discards the poo-bag with a practised flick of the wrist that they, too, step into their traces frequently.
I wish everyone stealing or damaging tree labels, rabbit guards, stakes or related infrastructure, or break or steal whole trees that they, too, one day enjoy committing days and days of planning, caring and hard labour for some cause dear to their heart, only to find it damaged or destroyed over and over again by mindless anti-social behaviour.
That, I wish with all my heart.
Remember, a wishlist is not just for Christmas!