Garden so overgrown that a car and even a BOAT found underneath brambles and weeds

A GARDEN so overgrown that a car and even a boat were found underneath vegetation and rodents has finally been cleared.

The local council in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, took the unusual step of going through the courts to get a warrant under the Public Health Act to clean the garden after the absent owner was not found.


The property was cleared by Sedgemoor District Council Clean Surrounds Team and bait was put out for rats and vermin.

But underneath the mass of brambles and weeds, the cleaning team found a car and a boat.

Council spokeswoman Claire Faun says: "Staff from Sedgemoor District Council's Environmental Protection Team had received complaints in Burnham-On-Sea about an unoccupied neighbouring property with an extremely overgrown garden.

"The bramble cover was attracting rats and vermin, as well the overgrown vegetation growing into nearby properties.

"After months of trying to the track down and contact the absent owner, the team applied to the courts for a warrant under the Public Health Act and alongside pest control staff, they examined the property.

"The garden has been cleared by Sedgemoor's Clean Surroundings Team and bait was put out for the rats.

"Underneath the mass of brambles and weeds, the cleaning team found a car and a boat."

Neighbours said there has been "a significant improvement in rat activity" and added they are grateful for the council's help.

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