September 22, 2009
Couple find garden moved next door
A British couple said they discovered the garden of their former home had been stolen and installed in the yard of their next-door neighbor.
Phil and Linzi Wood, both 28, said they put the five-bedroom home in Hazel Slade, England, on the market when they moved to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and later learned from Phil's mother that their garden, which included a path, shrubs, plants, pots, hanging baskets and a garden shed, had been turned into an empty plot, The Mirror reported Tuesday.
I got the next flight home and couldn't believe my eyes, she said.
Our garden had vanished. Then I glanced next door and saw where it had gone. The slabs, plant pots, plants and the garden shed -- he'd got the lot. Most of what I said to him was unrepeatable. I think I was just screaming, 'It's mine, it's mine.'
Wood said Johnson was apologetic and claimed to have purchased the garden supplies as a package without realizing they came from the house next door. She said he initially promised to return the items but he has since refused to speak with the family.
A police spokesman said the matter is under investigation.