Countryside day gives farm insight

16 August 2022

South West
People in a field in front of a tractor and trailer

A farm tour in progress during the countryside day

The first in our annual series of ‘countryside days’ which gives key stakeholders the opportunity to look around a farm has been hosted by William and Martin Haines.

They grow vegetables, arable crops and keep sheep on 2,410 acres stretching across Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and to the outskirts of Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, where the meeting was held.

Farm tour held

Delegates including representatives from the banks, Natural England, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, local politicians and county officeholders were given a tour of the growing operation and the packhouses, from which leading retailers are supplied.

Issues discussed

They had the chance to hear about and discuss some of the issues facing the industry, including labour and the seasonal workers scheme, prices, environmental schemes and rural crime – in particular fly-tipping and sheep worrying.

Similar events for other counties will be held later in the year.

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