The farms at the heart of the Herring family’s historic home in Kensington Gardens will close next month due to a prolonged drought that has affected the farming industry in England and Wales, according to the gardens’ owner.
The Herring Family Trust has said the farm at the intersection of St John’s Green and Kensington Road, near Herring’s birthplace, is now in the “precautionary period” for planting.
The farm’s owner, Richard Herring, said he was told it was in the worst state of drought it has been in 20 years.
The Trust, which has owned the Herrings since 1876, has asked for an extension to the time of its closure, to December 31, 2020.
It said it was considering a request from a local environmental group for a moratorium on new development on the property for three years.
Richard Herring said: “The drought has hit us hard.
It has made the farms and the surrounding areas very difficult to manage.”
We will be asking for a period of three years to allow us to work through the issues we have, and get the farm back in working order.
“The Herrings are well known for their large and spectacular garden, which they have been using to protect the land for centuries.”
The Herroys’ farm was the site of a famous fire in 1868.
The fire, which burned more than 500 acres of the farm, was blamed on a fire that was started by a man who lost his footing in a nearby ditch.
A number of people were injured, and one man died.
It was one of the most destructive fires in English history, and remains one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
In 2014, the gardens were declared a World Heritage site.
The decision to close Herrings gardens comes amid a growing demand for farm and farm-related services in the capital.
Last week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a £100m investment to rebuild homes and help alleviate the effects of the floods and mudslides.