A family of six from the north west of England has been told by farmers they cannot use the same garden as their neighbours.
The family of five is planning to move to a site near Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, where they can grow their own food and keep to their own rules, including no pesticides.
The move to Milton Keynes was prompted by a drought that has forced many families to move from farm to farm and the effects of climate change.
David, the eldest of the five children, said: “We’re living in a time when we have to get creative with our gardens.
We are a bit of a garden-naturist, so we’re not exactly looking for anything fancy, but we have a few things that we like and have a bit to do.”
I like the idea of going to a different location, a different climate, to do things that aren’t on our lot.
“If we are forced to move we would be happy to do that.”
We’ve always said we want to grow something for ourselves.
We’ve never had any issues with anyone coming to the farm and saying, ‘this is what you can grow’.
“It’s really nice to be able to be in a place that is not on our property, and not have to worry about it.”
The family’s plans are to be on a plot of land on the North-West Farm estate, near Milton.
A spokesman for the North West Farm estate said the land was “a small plot of about 2,500 acres” and that the family would be allowed to keep all the plants they like.
But the spokesman said: ‘They will need to make sure they are doing the best they can to manage the land.’
We would also be able and happy to help them with the planting, so they can manage their own gardens in the future.’
The spokesman said the family had not had any complaints and that they would continue to grow their vegetables.
David said he had never used pesticides and was planning to buy a new sprayer when he grows his own food.
He said: ”I’ve never been a heavy-user but I’m going to be doing a bit more of that this year.”
I’ve got a few seeds planted and a few sprays that I’ll be spraying in the garden this summer.”
There’s nothing I can’t do myself.
I’ve always been into the outdoors and have always been really happy to go out and do my own thing.”
It’s a nice change of pace.”
This summer will be a big one.
I hope it will be another year that we can grow the best garden we can.”
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