Health and Safety Gone Mad

Believe it or not, a Wiltshire gardener has been banned from cutting a communal patch of grass for health and safety reasons.

Graham Alexander, 64, has tended the patch of grass outside his home for the past 43 years. He mows the lawn, weeds, rakes, and clears litter daily.

However, Wiltshire Council says that Mr Alexander is encroaching on its property and putting the public at risk of being injured by the mower or flying debris. The council added that this might lead to a “costly compensation claim”.

Mr Alexander has now been ordered to leave the job to the council, or face possible prosecution.

The communal lawn merges with the small private garden outside Mr Alexander’s ground floor flat. Now when he cuts his own lawn, he must stop at the boundary line where it meets the council’s land. What madness!