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More than 50 pigs face evic­tion from farm

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twitter: @TRHer­bert

MORE than 50 pigs, goats and chick­ens face evic­tion in a dis­pute over the ten­ancy of the land that has been their home for two years. Kew Lit­tle Pigs – home to 56 pigs, three goats and some chick­ens – must leave Stam­p­well Farm in Bea­cons­field to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Olivia Mikhail, owner of the mi­cropig breed­ing farm, has rented the land from La­timer Min­ster Church of Eng­land since 2014.

But the church says Miss Mikhail has breached the terms of her ten- ancy agree­ment and must go – a claim she de­nies.

Now Miss Mikhail, 35, faces a bat­tle to re­home her an­i­mals but is adamant she wants to stay and that she has done noth­ing wrong.

She said: “Our pigs are go­ing to be evicted with nowhere to go. It’s an aw­ful thing.”

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Last year the two par­ties en­tered into dis­cus­sions to re­new the lease af­ter it ex­pired in June.

But the church said that Miss Mikhail was not us­ing the land for agri­cul­tural pur­poses as was pre­vi­ously agreed and in Novem­ber gave Kew Lit­tle Pigs three months to find a new home.

Miss Mikhail, from Seer Green, be­lieves the prob­lems lay in the fact the farm re­ceives vis­i­tors as part of the busi­ness, of­fer­ing tours and pig adop­tion ser­vices.

She said: “I can’t tell you the sleep­less nights I’ve had in the last cou­ple of months.

“It’s the worst thing that’s ever hap­pened to me.”

Kew Lit­tle Pigs is one of the top mi­cro-pig breed­ing farms in the UK, hav­ing started from the back gar­den of Miss Mikhail’s Lon­don home.

More than £100,000 has been poured into de­vel­op­ing the farm and now Miss Mikhail is at a loss over what to do.

She said: “Lots of peo­ple love our pigs. Every­body is re­ally con­cerned about what’s go­ing to hap­pen.

“We don’t have enough time to find some­where new and we don’t have the money to de­velop some­where new.”

A spokeper­son for the church said: “We’re not re­new­ing their li­cence be­cause there has been some breaches in the con­tract and the solic­i­tors are me­di­at­ing.”

The spokesper­son added the farm had been given ‘ad­e­quate’ time to find some­where new.

When pressed on the is­sues raised by Miss Mikhail they said: “They need to come and have those con­ver­sa­tions with us.

“We’re more than happy to do that. We’ve got noth­ing against Kew Lit­tle Pigs.”

Speak­ing about Fri­day they said: “We’re not say­ing what ex­actly is hap­pen­ing.

“That’s not for us, it’s in the hands of our solic­i­tors.

“We will just con­tinue, with­out harm­ing the pigs, to ask them to leave.

“We’re not re­new­ing the ten­ancy, we’re ex­pect­ing them to move on Fri­day.

“If that hasn’t hap­pened we will re­view that sit­u­a­tion with our solic­i­tors. We will take le­gal ad­vice.

“We have asked them to leave and I ex­pect them to have va­cated.

“We will be re­view­ing the sit­u­a­tion on Fri­day.”

Amy Coward feeds some of the pigs at Stam­p­well farm

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