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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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New neighbour hosting bash writes letter to farmer over ‘unreasonable’ fertiliser spreading

A neighbour has placed a letter on a farmer’s gate to express concerns over ‘spraying fertiliser’ in fields ahead of their upcoming birthday bash.

The individual, who moved to the area recently, printed the letter and stapled it onto a post at the field’s entrance in the Marazion area of Cornwall.

Letter about ‘spraying fertiliser’

People have rowed in behind the Cornwall farmer who received the following letter:

“To the farmer. I can smell the spraying of fertiliser on neighbouring fields.”

“Is it 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.”

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“Please do not spray this field in this heatwave, or I will have to ask the Environment Agency to deal with the matter,” the note adds.

A Facebook page entitled The Cornish are a Nation published a post in support of the farmer who has “lived in Cornwall all his life”, as did his forefathers.

“They have 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 the group, the spokesperson said it had received other similar reports.

These include:

  • A person who had kept chickens for 40 years subject of noise complaints from the incomers;
  • Also, a man, who kept beehives, ended up dealing with a “bow wave” of complaints from “the new ‘up country’ neighbours”.

They said the recent episode made them feel “naturally felt sorry for the farmer”.

“When will these blow-ins realise that Cornwall’s largest income-generating cluster is the agricultural and food production industry and not tourism, despite popular belief, and that we’d be in a sorry state without the farmers, fishermen and food producers.”

“In fact, there would be no ‘parties’, and we’d starve!” the spokesperson added.

‘We have a constant smell of silage, slurry or molasses and need to resort to air fresheners’

Meanwhile, an anonymous homeowner has penned a letter to The Irish Times to seek advice over a “constant smell of silage, slurry or molasses”.

Read more about this letter to The Irish Times on our article.

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