A local farm has closed down believing they weren't allowed to "make it happen" during the time they were open.

Taking to social media the Manor Estates in Hazlemere announced the closure explaining running the farm "all got too much" affecting the owners financially, physically and mentally.

Andy and Mel bought Grange Farm and leased the derelict site but now five years later have made sure that all their animals have been rehomed before the site shuts.

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Residents have left hundreds of comments on the Facebook post thanking the pair and wishing them well with their future plans.

The social media post reads: "Andy and myself have decided to call it a day at the farm.

"It all got too much and has affected us financially, physically and mentally.

"After 18 years, Manor Estates has ceased trading allowing Andy and myself time over the last few months to pack down the farm and rehome all of our animals.

"It's been emotional - to say the very least - but we have worked hard together to ensure that every single one of our animals have gone to new places where they have lots of love and a good life ahead of them.

"We would like to thank you all for the amazing support you have given us through our journey.

"We have put our 'all' into Grange Farm but unfortunately we were never allowed to 'make it happen' and the constant battle we continuously encountered just became too much.

"I still can't quite comprehend why a place that, despite belonging to the council was so run down, had been derelict for 10 years and was in a state of disrepair captured our hearts but it did and still does and it always will!"

During lockdown, the farm gave up a field for the village's 'Monster Zoo' which became a craze in the village with children from all around the area creating their own monsters for the zoo.

The zoo was recently featured on Channel 4's Grayson Arts club after becoming popular among families and will now feature at Bristol Art Gallery.

The Monster Zoo

The 'Monster Zoo'

Stevyn Colgan, creator of the zoo, said: "The Monster Zoo and I will never forget what you both did for us and the community during lockdown.

"I have had hundreds of people tell me how much it helped them cope, how it contributed to lifting people's spirits and positive mental health.

"It will be getting a kind of second life when some of the monsters go on display at Bristol Art Gallery in December as part of the Grayson's Art Club exhibition.

"Mel, Andy and Grange Farm will have a prominent mention and all of the monsters that local kids made will be represented there too."