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Owd Barn farm diversification – Helen with a tractor

Editor Victoria Galligan visits a family business with a long track-record of farm diversification – the Owd Barn in Bispham, West Lancashire.

The Owd Barn has nearly 30 years of diversification behind it – but that doesn’t mean the Ashcroft family are resting on their laurels. Far from it in fact. As I sit down with the owners’ daughter, Helen Charlesworth, she explains that renovations are planned to further make use of the space in the barn which has become a popular visitor destination over the past three decades.