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Wedding business is booming

Meet the farmers taking advantage of the wedding market Lynn South Farm in Newport is home to the unique natural petal confetti producers, Shropshire Petals. The family-run arable farm, owned by the Bubb family, is celebrating its tenth year since they took the risky step to diversifying into the wedding industry, despite the weather.

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…

Hunt’s Cider, Devon

  Brother and sister, Richard and Annette Hunt, leave their apples until October and November before picking them, so the fruits have more time to ripen naturally. The Hunt family have been making cider in the Torbay area since 1805. Their ancestor Nicholas Prout Hunt was even instrumental in building Paignton Harbour so their cider…

Farm Attractions

A growing sector David Leon from the National Farm Attractions Network shares his advice for opening a farm attraction Research from Visit England shows that farm attractions have been the fastest growing sector of visitor attractions over the past 10 years. The latest report published in July 2015 and covering admission to attractions in 2014…

Could you be the next Michael Eavis?

PURBECK VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL: organiser Catherine Burke “Make sure you get a good team together. It’s all about team work. Purbeck Valley Folk Festival has two experienced event organisers who know how to do festivals, and a great farming family who know the land. Getting the right farm is crucial to us in hosting a…

Raw milk vending machine – Delph Farm

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Delph Farm in Yorkshire came up with the idea for raw milk vending machines after the dairy price plummeted even further. They already run the hugely successful Yummy Yorkshire ice cream parlour, but are keen to explore other avenues of diversification. “We have to constantly be on the look-out for new ways of doing things…

Glamping at Longlands

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Bella Given set up Longlands in North Devon with three safari tents in 2012. Her 18 years of marketing experience on brands such a Beefeater Gin and Huggies nappies helped generate 95% occupancy in the first year and a turnover of almost £200k in year two. In response to many prospective glamping entrepreneurs wanting to…

The British Quinoa Company

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Until recently, it wasn’t possible to grow quinoa in this country as it didn’t suit our climate. But Stephen Jones didn’t let that stop him. He carried out trials of several different types of quinoa on his family’s farm in Shropshire until he found one that worked – a new variety specially bred to complement…

Loch Ness Shores Campsite

The Forbes family had tenanted Foyers Mains, a 39ha farm on the south side of Loch Ness, for generations when Donald and his wife Lyn had the opportunity to buy it in 1994. With a growing awareness that tourism provided the best opportunity for sustainable growth in an area of outstanding beauty, Donald decided to…

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