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A farmer has had to apply for permission to plant daffodils on his land after he was accused of breaching advertising rules.

Robert Blyth, from Ardleigh in Essex, said that he was "bemused" when he was told to write to the local council's planning department or risk a £2,500 fine after planting 13,000 bulbs on his family farm.

He submitted a seven-page document asking for retrospective permission for the "seasonal display", which spells out the name of the farm's weekly boot sale.

However, Tendring District Council said that it is unlikely the application will be dealt with before the daffodils die next month, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Blyth, 29, said: "I just thought it would be something nice to brighten up the place. Ironically, I actually got the idea from the council who have a lovely floral display showing their logo on Clacton seafront.

"If it is an advert it's not a very good one as you can only read it from the small country lane by our farm. It's barely visible from the main road and you could never make out the lettering.

"The flowers will be blooming for four weeks, whereas the application process from validation to the decision is eight weeks. By the time councillors decide, the flowers will have died."

Blyth added that four florists spent 40 hours hand-planting the bulbs and that it would be a shame for their hard work to "go to waste".

Tendring District Council leader Neil Stock commented: "I am advised by the planning officers that, technically speaking, the daffodil display constitutes an advertisement that may require consent and I understand Mr Blyth has submitted an application as such."

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