The world's largest gnome is looking for a new home.

The nearly 8 metre tall gnome has stood in Nanoose Bay for 25 years, but the Chevron gas station that owns the property now wants him dismantled and taken away.

The gnome, named "Howard", was built out of scrap metal by Ron Hale, and his granddaughter, Bridget Matewish, says the gnome has a lot of sentimental value.

"My grandfather passed away only a year and a half ago, this was kind of his legacy, and we want to keep him around.  We know that he's a landmark, he stands for the community, but also for our family, and what we;ve had here for so many years."

She says they are trying to find a new home for Howard, and although she's received lots of inquiries from across the province, she would like to see it stay in the ocean-side area.

Matewish was told the gnome has to go for legal reasons, Chevron Canada could not be reached for comment. 

"Howard," who stands at 7.91 metres tall, was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the tallest gnome in the world in August, 2009.

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