‘Why are the plants in my garden all dying?’

Wyn Elms who believes buses stopping at the back of her garden at her home in Gosport Road in Fareham are emitting fumes which are poisoning her plants.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133021-4)
Wyn Elms who believes buses stopping at the back of her garden at her home in Gosport Road in Fareham are emitting fumes which are poisoning her plants.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133021-4)
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LABORATORY tests have started after a woman’s claims that plants in her garden have been contaminated by diesel.

Wyn Elms has been left devastated after her garden sanctuary started to wilt .

The 64-year-old blames extra buses on the main road into Gosport for the dying trees and plants.

The Forestry Research Centre has undertaken preliminary tests and said pollution is not to blame but is continuing to investigate.

It said the plants could be being killed by grit from a nearby ice bin.

Mrs Elms, of Fareham Road, in Gosport, said: ‘I can’t understand why it’s just me that is suffering with this.

‘They seem to think it could be the salt bin.

‘Branches are just breaking off – it was in leaf in June.

‘It’s just died a death. What annoys me is that I was clean and green up there. And now it’s all just doom and gloom.’

Mrs Elms sought refuge in her garden while her husband battled cancer before he died in 2010.

She said: ‘That was my haven up there because I could gather my thoughts as to what was to come.

‘I would try and work out what the best route was for him.

‘But I kept him home right up until the end because he dehydrated so much.

‘It’s devastating the area that I used to go to is more or less gone.’

Mrs Elms also wants air pollution monitors installed at her home.

Councillor Sean Woodward is the executive member for economy, transport and environment at Hampshire County Council.

He said: ‘After being alerted to the problems Mrs Elms was experiencing in her garden, we took a number of soil and tissue samples so that full investigation could take place to help pin point the problem.

‘The samples were taken on September 17 and sent to the Forestry Research Centre at Alice Holt where an examination is being undertaken.

‘We have received preliminary results, which do not show pollution as the cause to Mrs Elms problems, however we are awaiting a more detailed breakdown of the results to identify the cause.

‘Such investigations do take time and I would like to reassure Mrs Elms that once we have the full analysis we will be in touch.’