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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…

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…

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…

Nibbling at the elephant’s bottom

The story of how one family made an international business out of elderflower Belvoir Fruit Farms have been making elderflower cordials and pressés for over 30 years. Still a family owned and run business, they remain true to their original recipes and roots, with their whole range being handmade on the farm and using only…

Be more horse

Agriculture, land ownership and horses have been natural bedfellows for hundreds of years.  After all, it’s not so long again that they were still pulling ploughs and acting as our predominant form of transportation. Today, the relationship is different but no less important to a lot of businesses. Many farmers have chosen to diversify into…

From modest beginnnings

A family farm shows everyone how diversification is done Knockraich Farm has been owned by the Rodger family since the 1950s and perfectly illustrates what can be achieved by diversification having won the Silver Award for Family Farming Business of the Year 2015 in the British Farming Awards.

Ice cream appeal

The Fell family has been creating award-winning Cheshire Farm Ice Cream for nearly 30 years. As the business started to grow, people would visit the farm in order to purchase the delicious ice cream and eventually The Ice Cream Farm tourist attraction was born. The site, which sits adjacent to the Cheshire Farm Ice Cream…

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