Suffolk AGM showcases leading rural business

Regenerative farming and farm diversification among the topics raised during Kenton Hall visit
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Emily McVeigh shows guests around the glamping site at Kenton Hall

Members of the CLA in Suffolk have gone behind the scenes at Kenton Hall Estate near Stowmarket to hear about this leading diversified farming business.

The McVeigh family moved to Kenton Hall in 1986 having farmed both in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. The mixed farm is 200 hectares of arable land with livestock including a herd of English Longhorn Cattle and rare breed pigs.

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Kenton Hall

During the event, which formed part of the CLA's Suffolk AGM and summer visit, guests heard about the family's approach to regenerative farming, agroforestry and alternative cropping.

There are a number of diversified businesses at the estate including a wedding venue, glamping site and cookery school. These businesses create a hive of activity with hen party packages, cookery courses, foodie weekend events and Duke of Edinburgh scheme residential courses.

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CLA members heard about Five Rod Farm, a no dig market garden, based at Kenton Hall

The manor of Kenton Hall has a rich history, the house dates back to c.1200 and the original Tudor Hall was built by the De Kenton family. Over the years the McVeigh family have renovated the house and restored the farm to its former glory.

CLA East Acting Regional Director Mark Riches said: "Every year the CLA offers members a chance to visit forward-thinking rural businesses and go behind the scenes of their farming operations and unique diversifications. Kenton Hall is an excellent example of how our members are embracing farming and their other business ventures and demonstrates the important role they play in supporting the rural economy."