New year, new planning application?

Moule & Co. rebrands its planning arm as The Rural Planning Co. just in time for 2021 projects.

New planning exemptions make it easier than ever to diversify your farm

Landowners in England were given the green light to accept tents without planning permission for 56 days per calendar year this summer, and this has now been extended to 31st December 2021.

More shoppers planning to use farm shops this Christmas

New survey suggests Covid-19 has led to a quarter of people surveyed increasing their use of farm shops and local producers this year.

Customers urged to ‘shop local’ as national ward finalists announced

The finalists of a national awards celebrating the best in the farm retail industry have been announced.    

Highland estate launches new venison brand

Jahama Highland Estates, part of GFG Alliance, has opened its first food retail shop selling a new brand of ethically-produced wild venison.

Diversifying your farm in a pandemic

While many of us viewed the March national lockdown as a temporary glitch, months on we are now in the grip of a ‘new normal’, with many still working from home, and events and overseas travel still fraught with complication.

Contractor diversifies into creating unique animal sculptures

When lockdown hit earlier this year, farm contractor Laura Burnett decided to future-proof her business and combine her two passions – farming and creating metal animal sculptures. We spoke to her to find more about her creations.

Is selling online the way forward?

Could e-commerce be the next step for your business? With a bit of planning you could be up-and-running faster than you thought, according to accountancy firm Carmichael Kingham & Co.

Creating your own farm shop: A simple, cost-effective solution

With farm shops seeing a significant boost in popularity since the Covid-19 lockdown, many more farmers may be looking for ways to sell their produce direct to the consumer, yet new build projects can be expensive and time consuming. 

‘Solar is just the start of your energy saving journey’

With the cost of solar energy falling dramatically by 80% in recent years, as well as growing pressure to reduce our carbon footprint, there has never been a better time for you to install solar PV and kick start your farm to become carbon neutral.

Pioneering farmer creates gin ‘inspired by the countryside’

Farmer Tom Warner and founder of Warner’s Gin, diversified his family’s livestock farm back in 2012, with no idea that he was about to trigger the trend for flavoured artisan gins. We spoke to Tom about his inspiration, and how the business has adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Diversify and make the most of the staycation boom

With the renaissance of the UK holiday, the Caravan and Motorhome Club is experiencing unprecedented levels of demand for campsite bookings and membership. Many campsites have been fully booked for several weeks. Now is the perfect time to set up your own five-van site.

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