Neighbour’s note causes ‘almighty row’


Neighbours have traded angry notes in a bizarre row over flowers on a public pavement.

Residents plastered handwritten notes on a tree about flowers being swiped from their bed on a public street in Brixton, South London.

The argument, which has gone viral on social media, was sparked when someone posted a note asking neighbours not to pick the flowers, which are part of a community project.

But it escalated into a blazing war of words over gentrification as other locals pinned their replies to the tree, The Sun reports.

media_cameraNeighbours have traded angry post-it notes in a row over stolen flowers in Brixton, South London

Writer Rachel Thompson tweeted: “People on my street are having an almighty row over who owns some flowers.

“There have been no raised voices, just handwritten notes placed inside plastic wallets and pinned to a post.


“It all began a few days ago when someone put up a note saying ‘please don’t pick my flowers’ next to a lupin.”

She added: “A few days later, I see a literal war of words has begun.”

Photos of the floral battle posted on Twitter show the tree covered in messages.

A local resident posted a note saying: “Please don’t pick my flowers, thank you.”

media_cameraLocal residents plastered a tree with notes after flowers were taken from their bed.
media_cameraSome people claimed the flowers were public property and belonged to everyone.

But the request was met with a blitz of handwritten post-it notes and messages in retaliation.

One response said: “In an area massively affected by gentrification, it’s sad to see people claiming ownership of even the flowers.”

A pink post-it note read: “Flowers on the public pavement are owned by all the community, not just the house they happen to fall in front of.”

But a typed poster from neighbourhood organisation Father Nature said “these flowers did not grow wild and were only here because they were planted, watered, maintained and replaced by local residents”.


Another neighbour wrote: “Helpful to know that the flowers were part of a community project. However, if that is the case it was very misleading to refer to them as ‘my’ flowers.”

Some of the notes were placed inside laminated plastic wallets.

media_cameraA local community group urged residents not to take the flowers.

Other neighbours backed the request to stop picking the flowers and hit back with a barrage of their own messages.

One resident fumed: “Are you serious? This is not about ownership or gentrification.

“This is about someone trying to make the street a nicer place for everyone by planting flowers.


“And people stealing them and stamping on them. How can you justify that?”

A passer-by scrawled underneath the note: “Totally agree. This was done with love and a spirit of community, for heaven’s sake.”

One Twitter user wrote: “This is the most British thing EVER.”

Another posted: “The passive aggression levels are at code red.”

media_cameraThe row appeared to end after all the flowers were removed by the person who posted the original note.

And another person tweeted: “Middle class Brixton, yelling at middle class Brixton about the ills that the middle class are wreaking upon Brixton.”

One person said: “This is the most middle-class argument ever.”

The row appears to have ended after the original note writer dug up the flowers and took them away.

A photo posted on Twitter shows the tree bed empty after the argument.

In its note, Father Nature urged residents to contact them if they wanted to adopt a planter or tree.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Neighbour’s note causes ‘almighty’ war


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