I was Dragon on Dragons’ Den but I quit TV life to run a farm – my neighbours hate it but I’m going nowhere | The Sun

AN ex-Dragons' Den investor-turned conspiracy theorist is locked in a fierce row with neighbours over her farm.

Multi-millionaire Rachel Elnaugh purchased the 70-acre site in Derbyshire's Peak District last year to create a community farm.

She and her group Phoenix Rose said the site would be a "self-sustaining food apocalypse-proof site" offering forest bathing and shamanic healing.

With no planning permission, they later built a teepee, laid a gravel path and built stairs on the ancient forest plot in Cressbrook Dale.

The most recent change is a caravan and horse box, occupied by a "caretaker" for the site acting as security.

But the works have left locals "emotionally traumatised" and the group – branded a "food cult" – now have 28 days to reverse all of the changes to the site.

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Local Annie Sanderson, 66, a resident in Cressbrook, described the project as a "disaster".

She told DerbyshireLive last year: "We were given no consultation, we just started seeing videos being posted by this group about a food apocalypse."

A spokesperson for Save Cressbrook Dale added: "It is very hard to watch as lorry loads of gravel are delivered and destroy habitats."

Elnaugh – who is worth £6 million – founded experience day voucher firm Red Letter Days in 1989.

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The 58-year-old later appeared as an investor in the first two seasons of BBC's Dragons' Den in 2005.

But she has since become a conspiracy theorist and triggered fury after claiming Covid jabs for 12-15-year-olds was "child abuse".

Elnaugh – a mum-of-five – even thinks a fake alien invasion produced by Hollywood could be used to trigger a "global military response".

She fund raised £1million to buy the site – which she labelled "an incredible vagina of land" – last year before being smacked with a raft of warnings.

She now has 28-days to respond to a Temporary Stop Notice (TSN), Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and a Planning Contravention Notice (PCN) issued by the Peak District National Park Authority.

But the group behind the site claim the trashed site is a reflection of "unresolved trauma" they've faced amid the row.

They said in a statement: "We acknowledge that the area around the caravan where he is based has descended into an eyesore and is not in keeping with the majestical beauty of this land.

"However, we also recognise that what has manifested is a material realm mirror of much of the ugliness which has occurred over the past year.

"The professionally trained trauma healers within our community perceive that the mess is what unresolved trauma looks like."

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