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How a riding school built itself up from nothing Patricia Bishop started Divoky Riding School as a farm diversification on a tenant farm of 360 acres. Both BSE and Foot and Mouth had taken their toll and the farm business was essentially bankrupt, with little support from the farm bank who took every payment for…

Look before you leap

Alex Mappledoram from rural diversification consultants Appetite Me explains the importance of assessing the feasibility of a project before going ahead So you’ve decided to take the plunge and diversify, but how closely have you looked into the factors that may affect its success? By the very nature of diversifying, you will be venturing into…

From weddings to wake boarding

From lego-themed celebrations to medieval re-enactments, there is very little Wootton Park hasn’t catered for when it comes to weddings.  A family-run business built up by the McCall clan, Wootton Park has invested in a series of diversification projects following the decision to sell off the farm’s dairy herd in 1995. subscribing to Diversify Now 

Lower Keates Glamping

Gary and Linda Kellaway opened Lower Keates Glamping in Devon in May 2017. In 2013 they bought their ‘forever home’; a smallholding of 14 acres in the beautiful Axe Valley near the Jurassic Coastline, to give their sons a country childhood complete with pigs, lambs and chickens, plus a meadow full of wildflowers. subscribing to…

Knight Frank introduces us to two successful drink diversifications

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one particular diversification trend farmers and landowners have become particularly passionate about is alcohol production. The craft beer, English wine and artisan gin markets are flourishing and more businesses are setting up on-site distilleries and putting their tastebuds to good use. It’s not only the alcohol business that’s flourishing – innovative teetotal options…

Airbnb advice

In the past year alone, 2.2 million guests used Airbnb to visit the UK. The popularity of the site can be credited to the public’s desire for a more familiar and personalised experience; something rural and farm-based accomodation can provide in spades. subscribing to Diversify Now here Whether you run a B&B, have holiday cottages,…

Making Waves

How a Welsh farming family turned their attention from wine to water Pant Du Vineyard and Orchard is a family-run business on the slopes of the Nantlle Valley at the foothills of Snowdon. Since producing the first bottle of wine in 2010, the company has established a reputable name for themselves in producing award-winning wines,…

Staying on Farms

Could holiday lettings be a solution to the impact of Brexit? Liz Hughes, aged 53, owns a mountain beef and sheep farm in the Ceriog Valley along with her husband, Rhein and their children. The 200 acre farm is situated in a remote position at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains and has been in…

The right side of the line

Esther Stirling from Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors on basics to bear in mind when it comes to water on your land Land including a lake or river can offer excellent diversification opportunities. Life is seldom as simple as we would like it to be, and watercourses are no exception: we act for many landowners who…

Are alpacas the perfect addition?

It’s wool, but not as you know it….. The alpaca industry in the UK is growing exponentially and has taken great strides forward in the past 12 years, establishing itself firmly as one of the most successful and profitable enterprises in the farming sector, writes Rebecca Chapman, Farm and Enterprise Manager for Blackberry Alpacas and…

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