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TV gardener's nursery must move after lease runs out

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: August 25, 2011

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TELEVISION gardener Carol Klein has closed her North Devon garden this year after a neighbour refused to renew the lease on part of her nursery.

Glebe Cottage Plants was set up more than 30 years ago by plantswoman Carol.

She has since become a presenter of the BBC's Gardeners' World and Life In A Cottage Garden.

People from across the UK have bought plants from her Chittlehamholt nursery and Carol has won six coveted RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medals.

But she says she is having to close the nursery because new owners of the rented land on which she grew her plants have not renewed the lease.

Carol said: "Everybody has been incredibly supportive and thinks it's so sad because we are quite renowned."

Carol will concentrate on her own garden. She has not ruled out using land for a nursery elsewhere but will focus on other projects in the meantime.

She said a team of helpers has dismantled the nursery, including tons of soil and reclaimed railway sleepers, and removed it, piece by piece via wheelbarrow.

This means the garden at Glebe Cottage, which sits separately from the nursery, has taken a battering.

She plans to re-landscape some of the land using some old nursery materials. Gardening fans will be able to watch the garden's rejuvenation on TV.

Her garden will not be open to the public next year but she hopes to open it in 2012.

She said: "I have taken something which, on the face of it, is quite negative and turned it positive. I will use it as an opportunity to grow lots of specialist plants. It will give me a lot of freedom."

Most the nursery stock will be sold in an auction sale on Saturday which Carol will conduct from 1pm.

The garden's open day for the National Gardens Scheme on September 7 has been cancelled. Carol is donating 10 per cent of the auction sales to NGS charities.

Her neighbour Len Tanner said he bought the property in February last year and decided not to renew the three-year lease, granted by previous owners, when it ended.

He said: "The land overlooks my back door and I can see it from my courtyard.

"I do not want a compost heap and everything else on my back door. In my opinion, it was never right to put it there in the first place.

"I gave them nine months notice to move all their stuff and sort themselves out."

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  • InsaniD  |  September 09 2011, 6:42PM

    So very sorry for you, Carol. Too bad people have to be that way. Will continue to see you on GW and hope you might one day take up blogging...