A gardener has been left “heartbroken” after being told to cut back her beloved plants after nosy neighbors complained.
49-year-old Alexandra Wilson-Jones was ordered to shorten her flower patio prince charles‘ The model village of Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Alexandra was devastated when the Duchy of Cornwall, who owns the property, Said that her beloved bush seemed “out of place”.
The royal passion project is supposed to “break down the convention’s structure” and “create an attractive place for people to live, work and play” – but Alexandra argues that the Duchy’s mandate goes against this vision.
She said: “If you start reducing gardens that enhance the thinking of any community, that’s backward thinking.
“More than anything, this is the exact opposite of what His Royal Highness is encouraging. If he had known about this, he would have intervened.
The Duchy of Cornwall says that although it welcomes steps to brighten the area, plants are being stored in a communal courtyard “without approval”.
The Duchy also claims to have received a “large collection” of complaints from the local people.
Alexandra said: “The Duchy has asked me to prune and reduce my planting, and if I don’t do it by the end of January, it will need to be removed entirely.
“So it puts me in a very difficult position, and that’s my responsibility.
If you start reducing gardens that enhance the thinking of any community, it is backward thinking.
“They are not ready to help me at all. They are not giving the opportunity to provide anywhere to relocate. They are just saying that this will be something that I will have to do myself.”
Along with her belief that she is not getting enough support from the Duchy to remove the plants, she also claims that the rules for owning the plants were not made clear to the residents.
She said: “It’s heartbreaking. For starters, it would be insanely expensive because it was too expensive to bring the collection here.
“No provision has been made for a garden in the layout of these properties. Most of the plants will have to go.
“So they want to reduce significantly but they are unwilling to do anything to help me, it’s all my responsibility. They are not offering any alternatives that I have suggested.”
Ms Wilson-Jones, who has retired, said she felt targeted.
She claims the plants don’t go against the rules for blocking homes, driveways or parking spots, and says all of her neighbors’ plants are allowed to stay.
“I think what they are doing is very unfair. I think it is backward thinking.
“The garden isn’t creating any obstacles. It just blocks my garage, and I don’t have a car.”
Gardner Argued that the courtyard outside her house is big enough for a jumbo plane – emphasizing that her plants don’t take up space.
“You can park a Boeing 747 in this courtyard – it’s huge.”
She continued: “I think it goes against the whole vision and everything that Her Royal Highness is meant to do – she is the patron of many horticultural societies.”
Although neighbors have complained, Alexandra said there are no concerns on the part of emergency services or delivery companies about blockages on the road.
Alexandra has been living in Poundbury since February last year. The decision to move to the area came after the tragic demise of her mother, and she took up gardening to cope with her grief.
“When I lost my mom, gardening kept me very much alive,” she explained.
When I lost my mother, gardening kept me very much alive.
“It stopped me going through a depression during bereavement and it really helped me a lot with my general health and my mental health.”
She said that people “can take up gardening in a way that really helps people, so there’s nothing negative about anything like this.”
A spokesman for the Duchy of Cornwall said: “We are aware of an issue where a large collection of privately owned plants are being stored in a communal courtyard without approval.
“We welcome steps to increase the presence and environmental diversity of courtyards, although these require appropriate scale and nature, recognizing that courtyards are primarily intended for pedestrian and vehicular access to homes, garages and parking bays. are designed to provide.
“We are aware that complaints have been raised by local residents about large collections and we will continue to work with the plant owner and the developer concerned to achieve suitable results.”