Re­lief as new farm se­cured for evicted an­i­mals

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

BOSSES at a mi­cropig farm are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter find­ing a new home for their an­i­mals just weeks af­ter they faced home­less­ness.

Kew Lit­tle Pigs – which houses more than 56 pigs, some goats and chick­ens – faced evic­tion from their Bea­cons­field home of two years and were given un­til the end of March to find some­where new.

In a race against time, owner Olivia Mikhail signed a new con­tract with Copas Farms on March 29 and on Tues­day (April 18) moved the mi­cropig breed­ing farm into the new 3.6 acre site in Old Amer­sham.

It is hoped the busi­ness will be up and run­ning again by May 2.

Miss Mikhail said: “We’re so re­lieved.

“It’s a weight off our shoul­ders be­cause we were so con­cerned about the pigs for so long, and where we were go­ing to go and how we were go­ing to sur­vive with­out hav­ing an in­come.

“We’re re­lieved and ex­cited and re­ally look­ing for­ward to mak­ing it up to our cus­tomers.”

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Miss Mikhail had been rent­ing Stam­p­well Farm from the La­timer Min­ster Church of Eng­land since 2014.

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

But the church claimed she breached terms in the lease and in Novem­ber gave Kew Lit­tle Pigs un­til Fe­bru­ary 24 to find a new home.

Miss Mikhail de­nied the church’s claim but un­able to find some­where new, her farm was re­pos­sessed by bailiffs and she was given un­til the end of March to re­home them – or they would be re­moved.

But af­ter months of search­ing and ne­go­ti­a­tion Miss Mikhail signed a new con­tract and moved her an­i­mals to the Old Amer­sham Farm ear­lier this week.

She said: “There was a point where I was con­sid- er­ing giv­ing up – it was drain­ing.

“But now we just feel re­newed. I just feel ener- gised now that I’ve had a bit of a break, and we’re ready to get back into it.

“We’re ready to put the whole thing be­hind us. We’re just go­ing to be pos­i­tive about the fu­ture and get back on out feet.”

Un­able to op­er­ate her busi­ness dur­ing this time, Miss Mikhail says this dis­pute has nearly bankrupted her.

She has launched a Go Fund Me page to raise funds to help to­wards her farm, build­ing im­prove­ments and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for dis­abled peo­ple.

Visit www.go­fundme. com and search Kew Lit­tle Pigs for more in­for­ma­tion.

I feel en­er­gised and we’re ready to get back into it

One of a re­cent lit­ter of piglets at Kew Lit­tle Pigs. Right, work un­der­way at the new farm

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