An angry neighbour has left a note calling a farmer ‘unreasonable’ for fertilising his fields during a heatwave – saying the smell was so bad they couldn’t leave their windows open
An ‘ignorant’ homeowner has left an angry note for a farmer calling him ‘unreasonable’ for fertilising his fields during a heatwave – and warned him against ruining an upcoming party by doing it again.
It is understood that the homeowner had recently bought a property near the farmer and after moving in they were shocked by the smell coming from his land.
As Cornwall Live reports, they said it was so bad they had to close their windows during a heatwave, and were unable to enjoy their garden because of it.
Furthermore, they would soon be hosting a 60th birthday bash – and threatened to report the farmer to the Environment Agency if he were to ruin that.
The letter, left on the farm believed to be near Marazion, Cornwall, reads: “To the farmer.
“I can smell the spraying of fertiliser on neighbouring fields. It is entirely unreasonable, in this heat, to expect residents to not be able to open their windows due to the smell.
“Aside from this I have a 60th birthday party this weekend and wish my guests to be able to celebrate in my garden.
“Please do not spray this field in this heatwave or I will have to ask the Environment Agency to deal with the matter.”
An image of the letter was shared by Cornish campaign group Kernow Matters, who said they ‘naturally felt sorry for the farmer’.
More than 600 people have since rallied around the farming family, as one said “this has to be a joke surely?”
Jan Holmes added: “If it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable. Did they really think that living near a working farm there wouldn’t be smells?
“The ignorance of some of these people is beyond stupid. Oh and to the farmer, thank you for all your hard work keeping us fed.”
And Karen Tanner wrote: “Let me know when you next plan on spreading. I’ll get a big group together and clap for you as you do it. Our farmers are our unsung heroes.
“These idiots would soon complain if there wasn’t any food in the shops, or perhaps they think Harry Potter waves his wand and it appears?
“The arrogance of some people.”
While Clare Bliss said: “Why purchase a house next to fields and farms surely they are intelligent enough to know there are going to be smells and late night working.”
“Come down because they say they love it and then do everything they can to change it and make it as bad as where they come from”, wrote Miriam Webber. “Gets on my tripe.”
And Diane Williams added: “Ridiculous behaviour of the letter writer! There is a farming calendar when jobs have to be done, you can’t wait for someone’s party to finish, shouldn’t have moved next to arable fields if you don’t like the smell.”
A spokesperson for Kernow Matters said: “(the farmer)’s lived in Cornwall all his life, as did his forefathers, and they’ve worked the land and kept the food chain going despite wind or weather, dry or rain, hot or cold.
“Then the new residents move in. They are from ‘up country’ of course and with their big money, purchased a number of properties.”
“Since discussing this in our group, we have received other similar reports, a person who had kept chickens for 40 years subject of noise complaints from the incomers, a man who kept beehives who ended up dealing with a bow wave of complaints from the new ‘up country’ neighbours and so on.”