EKSKLUSIEF: Jeremy Clarkson is gobsmacked as eco-warriors dump three tonnes of MUSHROOM COMPOST over his gleaming Range Rover in protest over his extension plans for Diddly Squat farm
This is the dramatic moment three tonnes of mushroom compost was tipped over Jeremy Clarkson’s car, leaving the normally outspoken presenter speechless.
The incident took place outside Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm shop in Chadlington, Oxfordshire as protestors cheered, waved placards and held up a banner proclaiming: ‘Soil has feeling, Clarkson doesn’t.’
He opened the shop last year and has met opposition to expansion with locals raising concerns over traffic, damage to the soil and police also expressing worries about any further extensions.
The protests escalated on Tuesday morning after Clarkson arrived with his partner Lisa Hogan to speak with protestors, who have been staying in tents beside the farm shop and daubed it with graffiti declaring ‘Save our Turf, Save the Earth.’
As tempers flared, a startled Clarkson, 61, looked on as the compost was dumped all over his gleaming dark green Range Rover by a man driving a digger wearing a dark hat and mask.
This is the moment eco-warriors camping next to Jeremy Clarkson’s Diddly Squat farm dump three tonnes of musty smelling mushroom compost over the star’s gleaming green Range Rover
A man wearing a mask and hat drives a digger towards the TV host car and covers it in the compost as Clarkson looks on
In chaotic scenes, one of the protestors was naked and ran around the site in a Monty Python style as police chased after him
Clarkson, 61, was left utterly speechless by events on the farm as he arrived on Tuesday morning with his partner Lisa Hogan. He was filmed bending down to smell the substance dumped onto his car before tossing it back onto the pile
The former Top Gear host stood next to a police patrol car seemingly unable to comprehend what was going on at his farm
Another protestor can be seen on the roof of the vehicle egging him on by shouting and raising his fist in the air while one leans out of it helping to direct the digger towards its target.
As an avalanche of mushroom compost descends on the car, Clarkson briefly turns to speak to his partner as two police officers witness events without taking action.
Sekondes later, Clarkson saunters over to his Range Rover with one hand in his pocket and bends over to pick up a piece of what had been dumped to examine it, immediately throwing it back on the pile.
Matters were already spiralling out of control prior to the dumping of the compost as Clarkson attempted to speak to the protestors on Tuesday morning.
Shouting and hollering, one of the activists was filmed running and dancing naked Pythonesque-style as a policeman frantically purses him in an attempt to prevent him from getting close to Clarkson.
An eyewitness who filmed the targeting of Clarkson’s car and the naked protest told MailOnline: ‘It was like something out of a Monty Python movie, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
‘First there was a naked man being chased by a policeman and then this digger appears out of nowhere and dumps all this stuff all over the car. What really shocked me was that Clarkson didn’t say a word, which is not like him at all.
‘Normally he has an opinion on everything, but he just stood there silent as all this stuff landed on his car.’
The eye-witness, who did not want to be named added: ‘I spoke to the protestors afterwards and they told me that they had dumped three tonnes of mushroom compost over the car. I actually felt sorry for Clarkson, I don’t think he deserved that.
Environmental activists have been camping next to Diddly Squat farm with a banner saying ‘Soil has feeling, Clarkson doesn’t’
It is unclear if the protestors are locals to the Cotwolds where there has been tension with Clarkson over his expansion plans
Clarkson held a meeting with concerned locals earlier this month at Diddly Squat farm over his expansion plans for the shop. In die beeldmateriaal, he turned to his blonde partner Lisa to discuss what was going on and presumably what action he should take
Clarkson, 61, was left utterly speechless by events on the farm as he arrived on Tuesday morning with his partner Lisa Hogan
‘But what really surprised me is that the police didn’t do anything. Soon after the car was covered in compost, they just left and so did Clarkson. Then some people from the farm started cleaning up the car as the protestors looked on.’
The latest round of protests come as Clarkson is embroiled in an on-going battle over his plans for the future of the farm, which was the setting for the Amazon series Clarkson’s Farm.
He opened the farm shop last year to sell merchandise and food produced at his Diddly Squat Farm which he bought back in 2008.
Following grievances from neighbours over the increase in traffic and driving by visitors to the shop, Clarkson revealed he wanted to build a restaurant in an old lambing shed on his land.
His plans angered his already disgruntled neighbours with Clarkson writing about their reaction in his latest Sunday Times column.
The presenter said that his suggestion had ‘gone down like a shower of sick with a few red-trouser people in my local village.’
Despite the backlash, Clarkson continued to speak about winning over the council planners next, sê: ‘It was a (mostly) polite battle between the red-tractor movement and the red trousers, and I think I did quite well.’
Series two of Clarkson’s Farm is set to be released later this year.