This lit­tle piggy needs a new home, can you help?

Cam­paign launched to find new home for pigs

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

THE wor­ried owner of a top mi­cropig breed­ing farm has launched a cam­paign to save her an­i­mals who face evic­tion from their home.

Kew Lit­tle Pigs, which houses more than 56 pigs, three goats and some chick­ens, has been told to leave Stam­p­well Farm, Bea­cons­field, in a dis­pute over the ten­ancy of the land.

Owner Olivia Mikhail, 35, has been rent­ing the land from La­timer Min­ster Church of Eng­land since 2014 but the church say she has breached the terms of her ten­ancy agree­ment.

Miss Mikhail de­nies this but she now faces a bat­tle to re­home her an­i­mals, some of whom are heav­ily preg­nant and would strug­gle with the stress of mov­ing.

But she says thanks to help from the Advertiser/ Ex­am­iner, peo­ple have got in touch with her af­ter read­ing about the story from last week and a pe­ti­tion has been launched to help re­solve the sit­u­a­tion.

She said: “The main thing is try­ing to get money in, be­cause that’s a se­ri­ous is­sue.

“We have had lots of nice mes­sages. Peo­ple have heard what’s hap­pen­ing. We’re still try­ing to gain aware­ness through our pe­ti­tion.”

Miss Mikhail was origi- nally told she must leave the farm on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 24 and had been served with an evic­tion no­tice.

But she says she has not had any cor­re­spon­dence with the church since Thurs­day even­ing and is un­sure about what is hap­pen­ing.

She is still run­ning her busi­ness from the farm and has hired a land agent to speak to the church on her be­half.

She said: “We still haven’t found any­where but we’re still try­ing.

“We’re try­ing to op­er­ate the busi­ness – it’s busi­ness as usual, it has to be.”

Hav­ing re­lo­cated her­self and her daugh­ter from Kew, Lon­don, she is des­per­ate to stay in the area.

She said: “We’re es­tab­lished here now. We’re look­ing for sup­port and time to op­er­ate our busi­ness.”

And she is urg­ing any­one who can of­fer help or ad­vice to come for­ward and get in touch with her.

Visit http://saveourpigs.com/ to find out more.

The church has been con­tacted for a com­ment.

Olivia Mikhail, owner of Kew Lit­tle Pigs with one of her piglets

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