Jeremy Clarkson fears orchid hunters may steal rare blooms from farm

Don’t pick my ORCHIDS! Jeremy Clarkson worries wild flower hunters could steal rare blooms from his land after discovering ‘green winged’ variety on his Diddly Squat farm

  • TV personality Jeremy Clarkson, 62, has discovered rare orchids on his farm
  • The former Top Gear host said he is worried someone might steal the flowers
  • Collectors of orchids like to look for rare samples for their wild flower pressings 
  • Police presence has previously been required to protect super rare orchids 

TV star Jeremy Clarkson has warned orchid hunters to keep off his land after finding a clump of rare blooms growing on his farm.

The 62-year-old Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? host recently stumbled upon a patch of green-winged orchids growing on his 1,000-acre Diddly Squat farm in the Cotswolds.

The former Top Gear host said that ‘hobbyist’ orchid collectors were targeting farms like his up and down the country in search of rare blooms.

Writing in The Sunday Times today, the TV star said: ‘There are orchids on my farm. And some are very rare.

‘I know this because when they were found by members of a local horticulturalist society they all ran around clutching their tinkles.

TV personality Jeremy Clarkson, 62, has discovered rare orchids growing on his farm in the Cotswolds, and he is warning collectors not to attempt to steal them.

The 62-year-old TV personality wrote in his Sunday Times column today that he feared somebody might try and steal his orchids for their flower pressing collection

‘It worries me that someone will steal them.’

In 2010, police in Lancashire stepped up patrols to guard a super-rare Lady’s Slipper Orchid found growing at the Silverdale Golf Course in Carnfoth, Lancashire.

Cuttings from the purple and yellow orchid can change hands for up to £5,000 as collectors try to complete their wild flower pressings.

The Grand Tour host said orchid collectors often started off ‘harmlessly’, but ended going on the ‘dark web’ to hire someone to pinch them an orchid that’s on the ‘edge of extinction’.

Cuttings from super-rare orchids can change hands for hundreds or even thousands of pounds as collectors try to complete their wild flower pressings. Pictured: A spring meadow full of green-winged orchids 

He added: ‘I wish I was joking, but in recent months gardeners and landowners in Kent and Sussex have been reporting a spate of thefts from their wildflower meadows.

‘They go to bed at night, happy that a rare lady’s slipper orchid, worth about £2,000 to the hobbyists, is growing on their land, and they wake in the morning to find nothing but a hole in the ground.’

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