Had to laugh whilst watching the BBC this morning, when an item came up about a chap in Devon, who has created a Gnome Sanctuary.
Finding gnomes a cheerful and entertaining lot, I believe he started with just a few dotted around in his garden. Once word got out, however, he found himself inundated, and the preferred choice of people who had either tired of their gnomes, or no longer had any use for them, during a move.
Arriving in various states, some need careful restoration or a re-paint, but all are adopted, and given an appropriate place in the Gnome Sanctuary.
So, if you're ever in Devon...
FYI: National Gnome Day is March 1st!