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How to set up a vineyard


Vineyards are labour-intensive, requiring a large initial investment and a high degree of expertise, says Strutt & Parker’s Nigel Porter: “Vines are usually planted by specialist contractors and need to be securely fenced and trellised. Vine management also requires specialised viticulture tractors and equipment. “Even the most knowledgeable farmers tend to take on a wine…

Have you considered an equestrian business?

diversify now equestrian

Have you considered an equestrian business? Equestrian facilities can be both attractive and profitable for farm and land owners, believes Anne Clarke, from Connected Thinking PR. Many farms already have stabling facilities for personal use, but converting a redundant building or developing your land could be an ideal diversification. Across the UK there is a…

Set up your own camping site

It’s estimated that last year alone, the number of people treating themselves to a camping or caravanning holiday rose by 10%. But how can you get involved in this growing market? One way is to join the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Certified Site scheme. WHAT IS A CERTIFIED SITE? The Camping and Caravanning Club is…

Opportunity still knocks, in spite of subsidy cuts


Renewable energy advisor Darren Edwards takes a closer look at the opportunities and challenges for on-farm renewable energy investments in 2016. When the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) launched a full-scale review of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) last August, proposing new stringent cost control measures ahead of a possible phased closure of the…