HOW GREEN IS YOUR
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
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