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In our AONB we have the delights of the old Kingsgate Farm at Lee Gate, with its derelict farm buildings, rusty oil tank and overgrown vegetation – and nicely-trimmed footpaths. The question is what to do with it – the current owner of the land is a ‘Londoner’ who is hoping it will become a sound investment for future development.
Let’s hope it’s not?
I would then like to build a windmill, just like the one in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (but perhaps without the leaking roof) and fit it with fully-working sails that would generate electricity for use by the local residents and to power the water treatment plant below the lake. On the southern side of the windmill would be solar panels (hidden by the trees so that no-one could be offended by them) to boost the electricity production on non-windy days.
I would plant an orchard in the lower section, replace the top soil that has been removed, introduce a colony of honey bees and lay the ground to turf thus enhancing the AONB in which we live.
There is a young oak tree obscured by all the overgrowth and it would be good to give this traditional tree the room to grow and develop into a fine ‘old English oak’ for future generations to admire and enjoy.
I would then invite the local community to plant a ‘time capsule’ at the foot of the oak to educate future generations about the community which lives here now. I would then extend the area where the Alpacas currently live so that they have more room to roam, as they are such lovely creatures to watch (even after they have been shorn) and quite a unique asset to our community.
Then I would sit back and enjoy the view – and be busy keeping the whole area looking ‘prim and proper’. The biggest problem with my ‘plan’ for Kingsgate Farm is … I do not own it!
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