News from the East Budleigh Parish Conservation and Wildlife Protection Group:
“Leaving for the development management committee on Tuesday the 12th Feb, where the fate of our rare bats was to be decided, members of our group (East Budleigh Parish Conservation and Wildlife Protection Group) were appalled and deeply saddened to see little left of ‘Frank’s patch’ in High Street, East Budleigh.
East Budleigh born and bred Frank Farr had run this patch of land on the High Street as plant nursery and smallholding for growing fruit and veg for 49 years until his death in 2011 in his late nineties.
Frank Farr with his ferrets Jim Lad & Ada at his veg stall (photo Simon Horn, Archant)
The site, as was, Frank himself, a much loved part of the village. Although Frank was a bit of a rogue, with a twinkle in his eye, you always knew you would never get ripped off as he sold his produce at the roadside. The weight of your purchase was always over not under, it was always quality, and you always got a wink, smile and wave as he saw you off.
Sadly after Frank passed away, it soon became overgrown. Cordoned off from sight, it was left to its own devices.
Recently, apparently, there has been one or two complaints about its appearance,
CDE’s answer, flatten it.
This ‘patch’, contained many rare trees and plants, including a rare walnut and a black oak to name but two.
There was no warning of this action, no survey carried out to see what wildlife was present, just an order to ‘clear it’.
Residents are very upset, one stating she can’t live here anymore because she can’t bear to see what CDE is doing to the village, even threatening to tie herself to the one remaining rare tree on Thursday morning before the workers resume the destruction.
This space has been earmarked for future building of a couple of hoses, but is outside the Parish built-up area boundary, so cannot be built on. So why was it flattened, why not sympathetically pruned and turned in to a memorial community garden in memory of a loveable rogue?
Why done on the day the group wouldn’t be present or have time to stop it?
Why within days of the group stopping the activity at the barn, only yards away? Coincidence?
You have to wonder if Lord Clinton himself, realises that his family name is getting a bad reputation.
For character sketch of this colourful old Devonian see: