‘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. Highlights of the event will be posted throughout the day on our Twitter page and there will be a build-up to the event beforehand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony has a particular interest in incorporating successful environmental schemes into modern, profitable farm and estate businesses and showcased these abilities in his WeAreCLA takeover.
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 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.