Woman exposed to pollen in £1M compensation claim
Emily Sneezedown, 34, is suing Strangleweed Farm for £1 million for failing to notify the public that the fields surrounding her bungalow contained pollen-producing grass, cereals and hedges. In a civil action in the High Court, Ms Sneezedown stated that she had recently moved to Primworthy and to reach her place of work and return home she needed to walk past the farm.
“I am a martyr to hayfever,” she told the court, through a barricade of paper tissues. “I moved into the bungalow in the winter of 2004. The following summer was a nightmare. Grass, trees, flowers – I was surrounded by them. It was terrifying. If I had realised the countryside contained so many pollen-producing plants, I would never have moved here.”
The authority of Mr Justice Broompaddock, presiding, was initially challenged by the Defence on account of his known support for the charity Hayfever Research, of which he is a Vice-President. “I am also a gardener,” he said, showing the court a photograph of his gravel driveway. Legal advisers to Strangleweed Farms agreed that this was a typical example of Primworthy’s local horticulture and did not press further for him to step down.
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive, who investigated the case last year, said the HSE had found no case to answer. “There is no law compelling farmers to warn people that their land grows grass,” he said. “We should however advise people that such fields may also contain animals.”
The case is expected to continue for most of next year.
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