Farmer sent note threatening him if he fertilises field on neighbour’s birthday

A farmer was baffled after finding an aggressive note stapled to the fence around his field asking him not to fertilise his land during sunny weather.

The letter was penned by a neighbour who felt the farmer was being “entirely unreasonable” by fertilising his fields because of the smell.

They were especially worried because they were throwing a birthday party in their garden at the weekend and they didn’t want the unpleasant smells to affect their day.

The image was shared on Facebook by a group of Cornish nationalist campaigners called ‘Kernow Matters to Us” who claimed to “feel sorry for the farmer” who grew up in the area.

And, the man’s family have farmed there for generations, reports CornwallLive.

They said: "When we saw this, we naturally felt sorry for the farmer. He'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."

The note left on the fence read: "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."

The Facebook group noted: "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."

They added that Cornwall would be left in a “sorry state” without farmers, fishermen and food producers.

In the comments one person said: “This has to be a joke surely?"

“Maybe speaking to the farmer in question might have got better results,” added another.

While a third said: "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."

"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,” commented another.

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