Gnomes in a reserve
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The woman obsessed with gnomes

They are loved and loathed in almost equal numbers, but for one woman there's something very special about the humble garden gnome.

Ann Atkin holds the world record for the largest collection of gnomes and pixies, with over 2,000. They are now housed in a gnome reserve, which is open to the public.

But to make sure the gnomes don't get scared by the invading humans, Ann provides visitors with optional gnome hats.

BBC News went to meet her at the Gnome Reserve and Wild Flower Garden in north Devon.

Video journalist: Neil Meads

Real Time is a series for the BBC News website in which ordinary people tell their own extraordinary stories.

  • 06 Sep 2013
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