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Farm shop closes to make way for HS2

Packington Moor Farm shop has been trading for 30 years. Credit: BPM

Packington Moor Farm shop near Lichfield, will finally close its doors today after 30 years of trading, because it lies in the path of HS2.

The Barnes family has been on the farm since 1921. The farm shop was opened in 1986, which in turn led to the family hosting weddings in the farmhouse garden. After more than 700 weddings this too will close at the end of December.

Owners John and Rosemary Barnes say it will be a sad day.

HS2 will cut our land in half, so it's not viable at all. We will lose 15 out of 19 of our buildings. The farmhouse will be left standing, but it will be yards from HS2.

Leaving the family home after all these years will be a wrench.

– John Barnes

The family served a blight notice on the Government, the response to which was a Compulsory Purchase Order on the farm. That led to the Barnes to make the difficult decision to relocate.

If this really is progress and for the good of the country, then you go with it. But the farmhouse is the heart of our family and it will be mothballed.

We'd like to thank all of our customers from over the years – we have received lots of lovely messages.

– Rosemary Barnes

John, Rosemary, their son Henry and daughter-in-law Jo, will be relocating to a farm in Gloucestershire.