PETE the Pond and his dispute with Wealden District Council has gone viral.

Some 42,80 people have signed Pete The Pond’s petition to save his garden in Willingdon.

You can sign it here at Help stop Wealden District Council from forcing Pete to destroy his life’s work. | 38 Degrees

On March 3 Peter said he was told by Wealden District Council to remove all the features in his back garden by the end of the month because the council sees it as a ‘commercial enterprise’.

This is what the council has now said: “We are continuing to work with Peter Birchall to ensure a solution can be found which protects the unique quality of his wildlife garden and also maintains the residential qualities of the area in which he lives. Unfortunately, there is nothing else we are able to add at this time regarding this specific case.

As with all planning enforcement matters, we aim to negotiate and reach an agreed solution before resorting to any further measures. To find out more about how we deal with potential enforcement cases please see our strategy here.”

It would appear there is still no solution.

Pete said: “I’ve spent the last 20 years sharing my garden with the community to educate the next generation and help the environment flourish. I’m devastated that the council has sent enforcement officers over to tell me that I need to clear my life’s work.”