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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kamloops senior told to stop gardening

After working on her community garden for 15 years, 77-year old Francis Bailey was asked to tear it up from the land in front of her housing complex. The building authorities claimed they were concerned that erosion of the land could pose a danger to Bailey and may cause her to fall.


From the Kamloops Daily News:


“I was really heartbroken,” said Bailey, who lives alone. “I love it. I don’t know what I will do without the garden.”

She wrote Minister of Housing and Social Development Rich Coleman asking that she be allowed to continue her work. She said she’s even willing to sign a waiver saying she will not sue if she does fall.

The response was a definite no. The plan is to move Bailey’s garden to a community garden planned for Peterson Creek Park. But Bailey doesn’t want to move it there because no one will be able to see it.


It's too bad the housing authorities don't seem to understand the significance of Bailey's garden. Besides the great sentimental value, the enjoyment and sense of community it brings Bailey and her neighbors, Bailey is doing something that's so important for her physical and mental well being - staying active in her senior years!

Good news - the people in charge finally changed their minds and Bailey will get to keep her beloved garden.

Unfortunately I saw the update on TV and haven't been able to find an updated article online.
But you can read the original story here.

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