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is this the beginning of the end the garden gnomes one of Europe's lost traditional manufacturers of the kids favorite is struggling to find a successor for the hundred and forty five year old business they may now be forced to close that door is what is there to retire as , free will is one of the most famous producers of the painted clay models which adorn gardens wild white it's based in the village of grief and rage which describes itself as the birthplace of the garden gnome based in the former communist East Germany the five employed Mauldin sixty people at its peak shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in nineteen eighty nine there any three people walking that now it's been a family business is Phillip Griebel founded the five in eighteen seventy four dot his descendants as those little hope of the company continuing to keep this and do it it's five minutes there are two possibilities here either I work until I'm a hundred which certainly would be fun for the garden gnomes repeat used by themselves I mean we have made the lady now you also have to expect the third option is of course to find a successor and that is what we're looking for we're dangerously law grief and rage I like much of the former east has suffered an exodus of young people since German reunification its population fell by every thousand from nineteen eighty nine to twenty fifteen , estimates put the German name population at twenty five million that popularity grew in the late nineteenth century when town well as bold them for their allotments and they've been in and out of bed %HESITATION ever since