diversifying


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Horses in a field - diversification can turn rural land into houses

Keeping the great British farming industry alive is imperative for rural communities and to support the challenges being faced, many farmers are looking to diversify

Gavin Leverett, Managing Director at Serenity Parks, a leaning provider of gated community living for over 45's, discusses how this can be achieved in partnership with the farming community and the benefits that can be delivered by diversifying into a business that supports retirement to rural communities

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Farmer on tractor using rural site for children's tractor rides

Davies & Co can help. 

They have a national reputation for assisting with diversification and have extensive experience in overcoming planning   permission restrictions. These include building on agricultural land, 

(including Green Belt ) and specialising in rural planning & development, rural property investment, business rates & appeals.

Change of use from farm to Leisure is challenging but Davies & Co can help with planning permission, ways to avoid the pitfalls, provide advice on planning policies, grant aid, and offer guidance on compliance regulations.

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diversifying to boost income

Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, and Farmers Weekly, the market leading media brand for the UK agriculture industry, have unveiled that more than two thirds (68%) of farmers and landowners have diversified to support and boost income. The findings are from a new survey completed by 250 Farmers Weekly readers.

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Glamping Pod at The Farm Business Innovation Show 2019

The Farm Business Innovation Show is Europe’s leading event for farmers, landowners and estate owners looking to find creative new ways to generate revenue from their land and need expert advice to make it happen! Voted ‘Trade Show of the Year’ by the EN Awards in 2016, the show is returning to NEC in Birmingham on the 6th & 7th November 2019 and is still completely free to attend.

Diversification in the world of farming and rural business is the act of finding new streams of income that can be added in order to increase income and keep the traditional farm running. These revenue streams can range from family attractions to weddings or even renting your outbuildings as office space... The opportunities are endless! 

This event provides rural entrepreneurs with the inspiration, resources and advice needed to diversify, innovate and succeed through 200 seminars, 500 inspiring exhibitors, case studies of people who have been there and done it, and expert advice on everything from planning permission to setting up a website. 

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Grape growing

It all starts with the land. If you have agricultural land – in the right locations, with suitable topography, soil and climate - now could be the perfect time to make a move into English wine.
The momentum around English wine production has been building steadily for the last few years and the work put in by some of the early pioneers is starting to pay off with medals from numerous international wine competitions and acclaim from respected journalists and wine experts shining the spotlight on our home-grown product.

A growing industry

According to Wine GB the UK wine industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in the UK, with over 800 vineyards already established, an expected 2 million vines to be planted this year and output set to increase to 10 million bottles by 2020 (66% increase on 2017). It is predicted that UK sales will reach 40 million bottles and £1 billion in sales by 2040, could you be part of that boom?

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Garlic

When it comes to diversifying it’s best to move into a fresh, new market rather than one at saturation point. It also helps to tap into an existing skillset, even if these skills may have lain dormant for some time.

This is exactly what Gilli and Glen Allingham of Nairn did when theydiversified from potato and cereal farming into growing garlic. They then diversified further by creating a range of garlicky food products that can be ordered online.

Craggie Farm is the only garlic farm in Scotland, and the home of the Really Garlicky Company. Glen took over the family farm in 1999, which has been growing potatoes for fifty years. The Allingham family started selling King Edward seed potatoes directly to ware growers in the South East of England.

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Alpaca Farm diversification

Two alpaca farmers from Ilfracombe have transformed a disused, centuries-old threshing barn into luxury, disabled-friendly holiday accommodation.

Thought to be one of very few bespoke disabled-friendly holiday lets of its size in the country, Kate and Simon Brookes turned their empty stone barn into luxury holiday accommodation with the help of just one labourer.

The property has been awarded the highest level of accessibility standard by Visit Britain and a 4* gold quality award rating.