Director Guy Ritchie has submitted plans to make his $13 million English country estate more self-sufficient — at least when it comes to food. The star used to share Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, England with his ex-wife Madonna but after their divorce earlier this year he wants to make some changes.
Ritchie intends to convert flower gardens into productive vegetable plots — but first must seek permission to carry out the improvements because of the historical significance of the 18th century building.
The planning application reads, “In the estate’s prime when it was painted in the 18th Century, it was surrounded by extensive gardens including major vegetable gardens. In recent years, all productive vegetable gardens have been lost. The gardens that remain are formal or semi-formal flower gardens.
“It is proposed to try to make Ashcombe House self-sufficient. The part-walled gardens leading from the back door to the staff building will be turned over to vegetables and given a row of greenhouses to produce vines, fruit, early vegetables and seedlings… Produce from the greenhouses will be used on the estate, all part of an effort to make the estate more self-sufficient and sustainable.”
How ironic that it’s Madonna who shows up in “Greenest Star” lists (something we’ve debunked time and time again) — but it’s her ex that really has the green thumb? We hope Ritchie gets the permission to go ahead with his “veggie” renovations — something that appears to be all the rage in the UK right now.