A move to the Bre­ton coun­try­side al­lowed Daniel and Hélène De­ni­aud-Pow­ell to turn their pas­sion for gar­den­ing into a thriv­ing busi­ness. Ca­tri­ona Burns found out how mov­ing to France has al­lowed the cou­ple to flour­ish

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They say good things come to those who wait but when it came to get­ting their dreams of run­ning an ed­i­ble gar­den off the ground, gar­den­ers Daniel and Hélène De­ni­aud-Pow­ell could see no point in putting a pause on their plans. “I thought about what peo­ple did when they re­tire,” ex­plains Daniel, 32. “They tend to eat well, drink wine and gar­den. Only, I could see no rea­son why you had to work your whole life be­fore do­ing that and I thought ‘ac­tu­ally, we can do that right now.’ ”

The three-part plan for liv­ing the good life be­gan when Daniel was work­ing on en­vi­ron­men­tal projects in the UK, in his home­town of Bris­tol. It was here that he met French-born Hélène who had ar­rived in south­west Eng­land via Scot­land and Wales af­ter a ca­reer change from a car­tog­ra­pher to a more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious life­style. When they both be­came in­volved in a scheme called The Open Plat­form, their great minds came to­gether.

“The Open Plat­form was some­where peo­ple could ex­press them­selves, es­pe­cially if they were chang­ing ca­reers,” ex­plains Daniel. “Here peo­ple were en­cour­aged to look at the world holis­ti­cally, to put their hands back into the soil and we touched upon the idea of set­ting up an ed­i­ble gar­den.” But it wasn’t long be­fore Hélène’s thoughts started to re­turn to her na­tive Nantes and the pos­si­bil­ity of re­lo­cat­ing to France arose. “Hélène had lived away from home for eight years by that stage and she felt like the time was right to go back to France,” Daniel says be­fore adding, “I fell in love with her, so I de­cided to go too and set up a gar­den pro­ject of our own.”

How­ever, Daniel’s de­ci­sion to make the move to

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