Stumped – reward for information

Dear Spurtle,

I am sure you are familiar with the 'waste land' behind Drummond Lawn Tennis Club.

Some five years ago in that wasteland – see attached photos – I planted a plum tree, which disliked our garden nearby.

Last year it cropped for the first time – many baskets of blushing pink plums which were enjoyed by those walking up the lane.

Yesterday I found it a stump, first sawn and then snapped off. Deliberate, not casual. But why?

May I offer a £50 reward to anyone who can identify the tree cutter so that I can approach that person and ask that the tree be replaced?

Hugh Lockhart


(Tel. 0131 556 3743)

[Address supplied but redacted by the Spurtle.]

plum stumped