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8X10 Shed destroyed by Fire Authority Boss
The youngsters back in the 70’s and 80’s who wanted to be in the Fire Brigade so they could get the opportunity to drive fire engines had to endure years of specialised training. Over the years their experience grows and they can move up the ladder from fire-fighter to leading fire-fighter, then crew manager, sub officer and station officer. The really ambitious can end up on the Fire and Rescue Authority being responsible for the overall running of the Fire Service and ensuring all the established practices are followed and improved upon.
George Koowaree, who sits on the Kent Fire and Rescue Authority, the aim of which is do curtail the spread of fire and reduce any chance of fires in the first place. How embarrassed must he have been after not following one of the main roles of a fire-fighter as follows:-
The 4 main roles of a fire-fighter are:
1/ To prevent fire and accidents from occurring in the first place.
2/ Educating the community by visiting schools, community centres and people in their own homes.
3/ Advising people about planning escape routes within their own homes in case of a fire.
4/ Actively seeking to understand and to value diverse individuals and groups.
It seemed like a good idea to enjoy a barbecue, who hasn’t, on a pleasant day. When he had finished he dumped the hot barbecue coals near a pile of leaves. Little did he realise that this was to start a raging fire, with flames up to 40 ft tall engulfing his garden. This quickly spread to nearby properties destroying a 10X8 timber shed, a greenhouse and a fence.
When questioned he said he had only became aware of the fire when the fire brigade arrived at his home in Ashford, Kent. Mr Koowaree, a Lib Dem Councillor for Kent County Council, which is rather worrying to say the least that he did not notice 40 ft flames. He said he had put cold water on the coals but did not check to see that they were out. He thought he had made the equipment safe.
His 89 year old neighbour, who garden buildings were burnt, said that he could see the flames going 40 ft up the tree and melted his greenhouse. Another neighbour, 77, said that the fire had totally destroyed his rear fence. A source at the Fire Brigade said that this guy sits on the fire authority yet he can’t even put out a barbecue properly. He admitted that Mr Koowaree was embarrassed to say the least.
The only good thing about this is that no one got injured and that another 10X8 garden shed will need to be made to replace the damaged one. Lets hope they give us a ring so we can offer them a great replacement
Award Winning Church Gardens
Move forward to the 21st century where everybody is rushing about you and you don’t see this hardly at all. However, another group of workers who still take pride in their surroundings are lock keepers on this country’s extensive canal network. When they get a spare moment they get their spades, hoes and shears out of their sheds (one of the most popular size is 10×8) and work away banishing weeds and cherishing flowers and delightful plants. If you can take a look at these beautiful places and even in the depth of winter these gardens are still delightful.
We British love our gardens and so do the church wardens who cherish their gardens keeping them looking superb. Often working from only a 8X10 shed or hut they compete in the biannual Best Kept Church Garden competition in various different categories depending on the size of church yard.
Just recently St Peters Parish Church in Bengeworth, close to Evesham in Worcestershire, won 1st prize for the under ‘one acre’ category. This was a superb achievement as the grounds had been left derelict and forgotten about for a long time. Transforming this garden at the Victorian church was a labour of love for Pat Coombes, who had guided this garden restoration project, with her band of willing local volunteers.
She said that over a period of ten years they had been working on the garden and slowly transformed the garden to the show piece it is now. She and her volunteers were very proud of their work converting the abandoned land into an award winning garden. They also had a great of fun and pleasure in creating this garden which they share with all the church goers and the local villagers.
This just goes to show that even the most unkempt garden can be transformed, not necessarily into an award winning garden but certainly to a pleasurable open space where your garden building can be situated or maybe a summerhouse for sitting out for relaxing. Away from the phone and the hustle and bustle of daily life our humble British garden can give us all a boost to our mental well-being and health in general.
Have you converted a disused garden? Have you entered any gardening competitions? Would you consider a replacement timber shed as part of the garden project?
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