Tree surgeon branches out with own 'Little Britain' in Germany

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Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, is posing outside his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, and his 11-year old son William are having tea time with typical British short bread at their British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Peace doves are pictured atop of a demilitarised Centurion tank previously owned by the Swiss army at the British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" of Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, is posing in front of his original British telephone box previously located at Trafalgar Square in London at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A wooden witch and a life-seize model of "Merlin the Magician" are pictured outside of "Robin Hood's hut" at the British curiosities collection "Little Britain" of Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, is having tea time with typical British short bread at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, is posing outside his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, poses with a life-size model of Queen Elizabeth and a corgi dog mock-up at "Robin Hood's hut" of his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
One of the original Trafalgar Square phone boxes is pictured at the curiosities collection called "Little Britain" of Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
A model of Queen Elizabeth and two mock-up corgis are pictured at "Robin Hood's hut" at the British curiosities collection "Little Britain" of Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Short bread is placed in front of a Queen Elizabeth model at "Robin Hood's hut" of the British curiosity collection called "Little Britain" of Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, poses with a Centurion toy tank that he received from his father at the age of five years at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, poses atop of a demilitarised Centurion tank he bought from the Swiss army at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, looks out of a Mini car decorated with a picture of Mr. Bean at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, poses atop of a demilitarised Centurion tank he bought from the Swiss army at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon and collector of British curiosities from Lincolnshire, Britain, poses in front of a self-made "Little Britain" sign in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, August 24, 2017. Picture taken August 24, 2017 REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
Gary Blackburn, a 53-year-old tree surgeon from Lincolnshire, Britain, poses with a model of the Queen's Coldstream Guard at his British curiosities collection called "Little Britain" in Linz-Kretzhaus, south of Germany's former capital Bonn, Germany, September 4, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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KRETZHAUS, Germany (Reuters) - An English tree surgeon has reacted to Brexit by transforming his German home into a quirky homage to Britain, complete with red telephone boxes and a life-size model of Queen Elizabeth.

"When Britain voted for Brexit I decided to make my own little Britain here in Germany," 53-year-old Gary Blackburn told Reuters at his home in Kretzhaus, 30km (20 miles) south of Bonn.

Blackburn, who moved to Germany 32 years ago, entertains a number of curious visitors at his 'Little Britain' exhibition, which he began assembling following Britain's decision to leave the European Union in June last year and even features a lime green mini car from the 'Mr Bean' television series.

However, not everyone is happy with Blackburn's collection, with some of his neighbors complaining to their local government about the latest exhibit parked on his lawn.

"For me the tank is a sign of peace. I have decorated it with a lot of poppies and white doves. The poppies stand for freedom and peace in England and commemorate fallen and injured soldiers during the past two world wars," he said.

"Two neighbors want it removed, but at the moment all is fine because the Interior Ministry recognized that the tank is demilitarized, stands on private property and is not visible from the streets."

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