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HE once derided gardening as ‘a pointless way of passing the time until you die’. But now Jeremy Clarkson is planning to install a vegetable patch, potting shed and plant room on his farm.
His 312-acre estate originally had planning permission to create a ‘sensational party barn’ to host shindigs for his Cotswolds neighbours, including David Cameron, supermodel Kate Moss and the Beckhams.
But as he approaches his 60th birthday, the former Top Gear presenter, right, has let that lapse and has asked West Oxfordshire District Council for permission to instead use the plot for the shed and vegetable garden, including raised planters.
Clarkson has previously shown his novel approach to gardening by blasting weeds with a double-barrelled shotgun and installing a jet fighter on his front lawn, claiming it was a leaf-blower. After Clarkson’s blast against gardeners in his 2011 book How Hard Can It Be?, TV star Alan Titchmarsh hit back, saying the pastime ‘thrills every bit as much as the transitory roar of a Ferrari that is burning up fossil fuel and giving three middle- aged men an expensive kick that lasts a few minutes.
’Clarkson bought his property for $8.4 million in 2012, and renamed it Diddly Squat Farm. It came with permission for the ‘party barn’. Separately, he has been given the go-ahead to build a six-bedroom, mansion complete with cinema and games room on the site of a farmhouse that co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond blew up for their Amazon Prime show The Grand Tour in 2016.
- Daily Mail