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Woman turns garden into allotment to feed the hungry – and thousands get behind her

Words by Abi Scaife

The world has stepped up to give back to one incredibly generous woman, thanks to the power of social media.

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Carly Burd, who lives in Harlow, turned her garden into an allotment to help feed people through the cost of living crisis. Growing everything from seed, and making planters from scrap wood to keep costs down, Carly has provided organic fruit and vegetables, as well as other foods and basics, to nearly 2,000 people.

Unfortunately, Carly went viral on social media this week after posting a TikTok video showcasing her allotment, which vandals had broken into and salted.

Plants are very sensitive to sodium, and when salt is introduced to the soil it can kill them - meaning Carly’s allotment is incredibly damaged.

That’s terrible.

It really is - but in one of those acts that really just restores your faith in humanity, people have come together to help Carly repair her allotment, and get back to supporting others in her community.

Her GoFundMe was shared on Twitter and went viral overnight - and with nearly 10,000 donations has far surpassed the £4,000 Carly was hoping for. At the time of writing this article, the GoFundMe sits at £154,409, all set to help Carly.

If you’re interested in helping Carly, you can do so by donating to her GoFundMe, linked here, or by following her on TikTok where she shares her work.

This article aligns with the UN SDGs Zero Hunger, Partnership for the Goals.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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