Tim came by yesterday to give us bad news about his pile, already bulldozers are at work leveling his work of 35 years.   We tried to comfort him, but what words could you really say?  The pile was certainly a special place and it will be missed by all who were touched by Tim’s life work.

Overcome with grief at the removal of his life’s work, Dundon reflected on what his loss represents. “Money has become the real true god,’ he said. He views the heap as a symbol of life, rebirth and happiness, an example of a way to provide for the needy. And said his efforts to save the pile have taken a toll. “You get to the point where you don’t want to live,’ he said. Continue article

Photos of the Pile

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  1. Jenn says:

    I really don’t know what to think about this kind of guerilla gardening.

    I’ve been one to leave behind gardens of flowers everywhere that I’ve rented… but I’ve rented, had some claim on the land, and known during the entire process that they were destined to be left behind.

    It says in the article that Dundun owns the land on both sides. Are they removing the compost to his land? Or hauling it off to profit on it? I didn’t find a clear answer to that in the article.

    This story rather reminds me of some fellows I know that planted a ‘druid circle’ of oaks on property owned by a Jesuit Monastery. They were utterly devastated when the owners of the property removed the trees. I was just left scratching my head. What did they expect was going to happen?

  2. Anais says:

    Thanks for your comments. Tim had hoped to buy the land from them (the cementary), but they seem not to want to sell to Tim nor any of his supporters – some of which are wealthy and placed bids on the place.

    The cementary bascially wanted to get rid of Tim altogether. So now Tim is thinking of selling the parcels that he owns and leaving town because the place around him will probably be a housing development or stores.

    Sidenote: I agree, if one doesn’t own the land and “guerrilla gardens” then one/they shouldn’t be shocked if it’s taken away or removed (they had no legal right and what do they expect?)

    However, it’s sad that these people (the cementary) wouldn’t even let Tim buy the parcel fair and square — he wasn’t given a chance that’s what’s sad.

  3. Kosh says:

    It’s sad that the pile, or a large portion of it is being destroyed. Reading about the pile on the PTF site and on Tim’s site has inspired me. It’s too bad they wouldnt sell him the property to continue is work. I too would be devastated to see my lifes work bulldozed over like that.


  4. Anais says:

    Thanks for your comments Jason. Sadly, as Tim’s pile is being destroyed though there is no potential buyer for the property — yet. They refused to even consider selling it to Tim. I guess because they feel that it would be better used for housing or strip mall.

  5. Peg says:

    So what are they doing with the pile? Please don’t tell me they’re taking all of it to the landfill.

  6. stella says:

    i can’t believe he offered over 400k for the property and they turned him down. the price of land is unbelievable. it’s sad when someone would rather see land sold off to someone who will destroy it rather than someone who will maintain it…all in the name of ‘progress’…question is, progress to what?

    if tim leaves town, where will he go? why was the mortuary so against him if they allowed him to use their land all this time?

  7. Anais says:

    Peg, thanks for your concern. I am not quite sure what they are doing with the pile nor with all the hundreds of plants (and animals — geese, ducks, chickens) that have made this pile their home. I can’t bear to think of it being hauled away to the dump, so ridiculous.

  8. Anais says:

    Stella, this situation is really digusting. Right now there are NO buyers for the property and yet they turn down Tim’s reasonable offer and go and destroy the pile.

    Tim thinks that they want to squeeze him out so they can take over his four properties also and turn the whole block into housing or strip mall development.

    Tim is land rich — his four properties would fetch a high price on the market. He’s digusted with America and is thinking of Mexico.

  9. gerry medland says:

    Hi All,
    this type of heavy handed action is typical of what is really happening everywhere,I am so distraught for Tim and all the folks/animals/plants that have benefited from the pile!We all HAVE to continue to ‘think globally,act locally’That is the only lasting legacy for Tim that WILL make a difference in the final outcome!How sad that Tim feels that he has to leave town and start anew elsewhere.

  10. claire says:

    blessings Tim, an earth friend, nobody can take away the times of good you’ve done and will do.