#WeAreCLA - Show us how you run your business

#WeAreCLA

 

‘We are CLA’ is a chance to take to social media and show our audience the work and enjoyment that goes into your business. It's a chance to demonstrate how you create a positive effect in your area and to create a CLA membership that holds a stronger sense of community. 

Each month we will be selecting a CLA member or contact who uses social media regularly. They will be invited to take over our Instagram account 'Country Land and Business' for 24 hours to showcase a day's work.

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If you would like to take part please email lois.shearing@cla.org.uk

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Previous takeovers

Bashal Spirits create delicious gins based on an old family recipe book, passed down through the generations. As part of its takeover on World Gin Day, Bashal Spirits shared insights from the book as well as a recipe for the perfect lockdown tiple.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a family-owned zoo set on a working farm in 100 acres of beautiful, peaceful North Somerset countryside located just 6 miles to the south of Bristol.

For its takeover, farm manager Toni walked us through a day in the life of the zoo, from vet visits to bear feeding.

Watch the takeover here.

2019:

Will Parker started his company in 2017 when he left his old firm in Durham. He wanted to change the way land agent services were delivered locally with the main focus on efficiency and value for money, and not being corporate-driven. His company specialise in land use and diversification and they operate their own farms and holiday businesses, so they offer experience first hand.

Tom is a 5th generation Dairy farmer from North West of England, farming 220 acres and milking 115 Ayshire, Freisan and Brown Swiss cows. Tom also has 160 young stock on the farm with 80-90 of which will be beef cattle.
 

After Tom started the raw milk he decided to show people how the machine operates by producing a video for social media. He made a short video which we put on Facebook and YouTube, which got a great response. Learning from this he started to put more and more videos out and now regularly puts two out a week to over 53,000 subscribers. Tom won British Farming Awards and the Farmers Guardian Digital Innovator of the Year 2018.

Watch Tom's full takeover on YouTube

Jacob Anthony WeAreCLA

Jacob Anthony

Jacob Anthony is a fifth generational Welsh hill farmer from Cwm Risca who has been working on his family's farm since graduating from agricultural school. Jacob has been awarded young farmer of the year by farmers weekly and has been commended for a number of other events and practices that demonstrate what farmers mean to their communities.

Watch Jacob's takeover

Running The Secret Campsites in Sussex Tim Bullen shows us around a Real camping and Wild glamping site focused on Nature, Peace and Space. Owners of the land where the sites are located are paid a significant share of the camping revenues that we generate. Post set up, the landowner's input is minimal as we staff, manage and market the campsites. In return, landowners invest in the facilities and infrastructure that we require and provide us with a 10-year lease. Learn about environmentalism, natural capital and land management.

Anthony Weston CLM Environmental Director

Anthony Weston is a Partner and Environment Director at CLM, a Sussex-based land agency and business and property consultancy.

A specialist in environmental stewardship and ecological assessments for planning applications and property development, he established the firm’s agri-environment and ecology team. Since joining CLM in 2005, he has worked with clients across the Southern Counties of England. A former Defra agri-environment adviser and South Downs National Park Authority ranger, he put together the country’s first-ever Higher Level Stewardship agreement.

The McVeigh Sisters

The McVeigh Sisters

Emily & Lucy McVeigh from Kenton Hall Estate in Suffolk. The sisters run a wedding venue, glamping site and cookery school on the farm and have an arable farm and a herd of Pedigree English Longhorn Cattle. Appearing at the 2018 CLA Rural Business Conference the McVeigh Sisters gave an exclusive and personal insight into how their business operates and the work they both accomplish on a day to day basis.

Charles Bridgeman will be the next member to take part in our #WeAreCLA campaign on 31 October. Managing the Leaton Knolls Estate which covers 1500 acres of mixed crop, grass and forestry, Charles will be passing the camera to his team who have organised a Halloween event on the day of the takeover. Boasting a flock of Shropshire Sheep, a Christmas tree business which supplies trees to the local councils and a small business park, this takeover will cover how a large diversification business is run.

Aurora Eastwood

Aurora Eastwood showed us round her 40-acre farm, polo field and all weather arena. Members heard details of how a successful equine business is run in tandem with a hay farming operation and holiday let conversion project. Hear about Aurora's venture into diversification and how she runs her business.

 

We invited Herefordshire organic farmer Ben Andrews to participate in #WeAreCLA. Ben has been operating 600 acres of organic land since 2001 and has been a full-time farmer for the last 12 years. Recently, he joined as a member of Agrespect, a community for the LGBTQ in the agricultural sector, an organisation supported by the CLA.