© Wendy Elliott
Greenwich farmer Doug Hennigar has been busy giving big city media tours of the flowerbed near Hennigar’s Farm Market. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
As he takes a break between greeting TV camera crews on June 30, Greenwich farmer Doug Hennigar says, “I’ve been smiling all day. I’ve got bugs in my teeth.”
Public interest has galvanized around the u-pick flower garden that the province wants Hennigar to push back by four feet because it could be obstructing traffic.
Today was the deadline Hennigar was given in a June 20 letter from the department of transportation and infrastructure.
“We had a parade of yellow vehicles go by here this morning,” Hennigar said. “I would have loved to know what they were saying."
While some people say slicing into the flowerbed is no big deal, Hennigar says a two-foot cut into the bank will erode the hillside bed.
“It won’t hold, especially in the rain,” he said.
Hennigar has been told to expect a visit from the deputy minister of transportation and infrastructure on July 2 and he’s had lots of offers of assistance.
A retiring farming couple from Berwick offered to come and set up a protest, as did a senior’s coffee club based in Wolfville. He added that a number of local cyclists have dropped in to lend support.
“Somebody suggested that next year they should park the Bluenose here and make a planter of it,” Hennigar chuckled.
He just wishes that common sense could prevail.
“There are no winners and losers in this. The bottom line is, we’re over managed.”
It’s been two years since the department paved the shoulder next to the flowerbed. Hennigar understood at the time that his hillside planting was in compliance.