(Image / Bridget Matewish Facebook)

Howard the World’s Tallest Gnome, who was at risk of being torn down earlier this month, has found a new home in a popular Saanich farm.

The 25 ft tall gnome will be packing up his bags and moving south from Nanoose Bay down to Saanich’s Galey Farms!

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Last week, Bridget Matewish (granddaughter of Ron Hale who built Howard in 1998) and her family narrowed down Howard’s new home to five Vancouver Island locations.

The potential relocation spots included Galey Farms in Saanich, Fast Time Grand Prix and Log Cabin General Store in Parksville, Treasure, Curio and RV Park in Coombs, and White River Resort in Sayward.

While the family is grateful for the hundreds of places that offered to house Howard, Galey Farms was eventually chosen based on longevity, care, family oriented environment, and what Hale would have approved of.

“We would like to thank each and every person who expressed interest in taking on Howard,” said Howard the World’s Tallest Gnome Facebook page.

“We came to our decision based on longevity, lifestyle and what we though my grandfather would think of his new digs. The Galey family has promised to carry on his legacy and has grand plans for Howards future.”

In addition to the move, Howard is expected to undergo a full restoration.


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