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Mum Dubbed 'Planet Rapist' In Mysterious Note After Concreting Over Garden

Mum Dubbed 'Planet Rapist' In Mysterious Note After Concreting Over Garden

"They used very environmentally unfriendly duct tape, wrote in a marker pen, not pencil, and wasted a postcard to write it."

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

We've all been there - suffering in excruciating boredom as a die-hard and extremely vocal environmentalist rabbits on about how they're saving the world one tree at a time.

I mean, fair enough mate, but being too pushy might not be the best way to win over the skeptics.

But there's always someone who has to take things one step further, as Judith Cook found out when she found a note pinned to her front door calling her a 'planet rapist' after she concreted over her tiny front garden in Ramsgate, Kent.

Judith Cook and her concrete front garden.
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The mum-of-two was astonished to find the hand-written notes attached to her door just a few days after she covered the tiny patch of land outside her terraced home.

She and partner Michael Simpson, 33, bought the house at the end of last year and have totally renovated it.

They had recently decorated the rooms downstairs but some walls at the front had developed mouldy patches.

So they decided to concrete their front garden to make sure it wasn't adding to the issue inside.

The couple had plans to then pave it and turn it into an oasis of green by adding dozens of pot plants.

But before they could start, they found the note calling them 'planet rapists', which also contained the further statement: "Ugly concrete garden. Shame on you."

The offending note.
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Judith said: "It's ironic because I personally go out of my way recycle and to reuse, I'm very environmentally conscious. I was a bit annoyed, to be honest.

"My front garden was already half concrete and half mud, just a pile of rubbish. It looked terrible.

"We haven't lived here that long, we have been renovating, and the garden was the last part of the house to be finished. We have renovated all the downstairs and had it newly decorated, but our new walls started to get mouldy.

"The damp was coming through the wall and it was an absolute state outside anyway, so I thought, 'Right, let's just concrete it, then we'll pave it to make it pretty.'

"My neighbours next door have the most beautiful garden and it's concreted and paved. They have the most beautiful pots. It's brimming with plants. I'm not that green-fingered, but in my head I had plans for a beautiful garden like theirs."

But before Judith (who works at Waitrose) and Michael (a nursery school manager) had a chance to plan their little oasis of calm, the note-writer struck, leaving the rude signs attached to their front door.

The garden before concreting.
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Judith added: "I live on a main road and we have a bus stop outside, so I don't know if it's someone who's been sat on the bus staring at my manky garden for a long time, or if it's someone that lives locally whose got the hump about it.

"I'd rather they'd have spoken to me about it - I'd have happily had a conversation with someone about things, but really it's none of their business. I have asthma, my son has asthma, I don't want mould in my house.

"You can make a garden look lovely without it all being borders. I don't know if I'm angry really, but it was so stupid, petty and ignorant.

"I'm more annoyed that they didn't knock on the door and have a conversation about it. I like to talk to people - at least then I can have my say. But just sticking a note on the door and running away and hiding, I just think it's one-sided and ignorant.

"And they used very environmentally unfriendly duct tape, wrote in a marker pen, not pencil, and wasted a postcard to write it.

"I am one of those people who tries very hard to think of the environment and cut down on plastic and waste. But this time whoever it is is going to have to put up with the concrete."

Judith has not informed the police, but posted the images to Facebook, where she received nothing but support from neighbours in the seaside town.

One supporter said: "These people need to get a life and stay out of yours. It's your property and if you want to lay concrete then bloody do it. All the flipping paths on our streets are made out of concrete, bloody idiot."

Another added: "I have astro turf and wooden decking in my back garden and today I sprayed weed killer on my front garden....lock me up, I have sinned."

Ramsgate town councillor Beverly Martin said: "I've heard of many strange wonders locally, but I've never heard of anyone being called a 'Planet Rapist' before."

So it comes down to this, people of Ramsgate. Make sure you turn all your electricity off, open the windows if you're too hot and put a bloody jumper on when you're too cold. Otherwise, live in fear that an environmentally conscious note-leaver will strike again.

Featured Image Credit: Triangle News

Topics: Environment, UK News, Planet, Community, Weird, Note