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Formidable farmers

Diversifying farming for success

See how our successful farmers have built thriving businesses to stand the test of time.

We’ve been supporting rural businesses for over 275 years and, as one of the oldest industries in the UK, farming has seen significant changes during that time.

Farmers are now faced with more opportunities and challenges than ever, from renewable energy to robotics and biotech innovations.

Read on to see how the following entrepreneurial farmers are embracing these opportunities to make sure their businesses continue to succeed well into the future.

Newton Lodge

Multiple revenue streams guided by one clear principle

Branching out into office space rental, growing barley for beer and sending beans to Egypt provides security for future generations at Newton Lodge.

Papley Grove Farm

Using satellites to improve soil quality

Diversification is key for Papley Grove. Using GPS to identify where best to farm has grown the business by 30%.

Gazegill Organics

Supplying demand for sustainable products

An organic farm shop and online delivery are just a couple of Gazegill Organics’ successful initiatives. And they have another exciting new venture planned.

Tregothnan Estate

Growing tea in the UK

Tea, honey, floristry, holiday cottages, trademarked fruit – investing in alternative opportunities means Tregothnan Estate continues to prosper.

Lakeland Farm Visitor Centre

From award-winning livestock to creating a visitor centre

Ever tried drystone walling or wool spinning? Lakeland has diversified from livestock to a more retail focused business.