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New transportable log homes launched

A contemporary range of transportable, solid log homes is being launched by Norwegian Log Buildings. The new concept Inovar Transportable homes have a modern look with all the quality construction benefits of a solid log building. Designs include angled elevations and space saving internal walls with panoramic double glazing and bi-fold doors. Factory assembled in…

Diversify Now announce media partnership with Farm Business Innovation Show

Diversify Now is proud to announce that it will be media partners for this year’s Farm Business Innovation Show. The free event, which will take place from 9-10 November at Birmingham’s NEC, attracts more than 350 exhibitors and stages more than 150 seminars. Last year 7,000 people attended to access the advice, resources and inspiration…

CLA calls on government to deliver on pledge

One year on from a pledge to help farmers and other rural businesses reduce planning barriers and the government has still not delivered. That is the message of the CLA, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses that are held back by the delays, inefficiencies and inflexibilities of the planning system. A year…

Yorkshire farmer wins diversification award

Little Otchan Shepherd Hut was announced the winner of the 2016 Farm Diversification Award at this year’s Driffield Show. George F. White, in association with Driffield Agricultural Society, was pleased to present the owner, Jonathan Hodgson, with a £500 cash prize and engraved silver salver as part of the accolade. Little Otchan Shepherd Hut, based in…

BBC Countryfile Live confirms it will be back next year

BBC Countryfile Live enjoyed huge visitor numbers over four days earlier this month, with a staggering 125,000 confirmed as attending the inaugural event. The hotly anticipated live show cemented Countryfile’s reputation as Britain’s most watched factual TV programme with viewing figures peaking at over nine million viewers earlier this year. As well as the thousands of…

It’s a small world after all…

Demand for glamping structures is spreading around the world, according to a South West shepherd hut producer. Blackdown Shepherd Huts, based in Somerset, are fast becoming a business to be reckoned with. Will Vickery, who runs the hand-crafted shepherd huts business, employs a team of 10 in his workshop, which is based just outside Ilminster….

Beware new tax rules, warns CAAV

The government is clamping down on property investors, which could have significant implications for diversified farmers and rural estates. “In the past couple of years we’ve seen an increasing tax assault on people with extra dwellings,” said Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). “New investors are face a higher…

Making the most of natural beauty

While thinking about how to use the natural beauty of their woodland in mid-Wales, John and son Leigh Price decided to place small cabins along the forest trails and rent them out for glamping. They wanted to design a glamping pod that would blend into the woodland and any natural environment. So together with an…

Grazing: solar panels and orchards

There is only a certain extent to which the act of grazing can be diversified. Or is there? Research into both the location of grazing and other simultaneous uses for the land have proved profitable and game-changing for some farmers. At a time of increasing financial pressure, many farmers are looking for ways to diversify…

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