Whitwell farm in the spotlight

Nettlecombe Farm is celebrating winning a regional Rural Business Award and being recognised as one of the best rural businesses in the South-East.

The family-run farm in Whitwell which has been in the Morris family for over 100 years, was named Best Rural Tourism Business at the South East regional finals of the Rural Business Awards. The farm will now go on to represent the South East at the national final in February 2020.

The facilities it offers include nine self-catering properties, three coarse fishing lakes and opportunities for guests to meet and feed the animals, including alpacas, donkeys, goats and reindeer.

Speaking after winning the award, owner of Nettlecombe Farm, Jose Morris said: “Nettlecombe Farm has been in my family for generations. So many rural businesses face difficult choices between working the land, conserving our precious environment and making a living.

“I hope that we can continue to give people a fully immersive experience of a working farm and the rural way of life for generations to come. I’d particularly like to thank the team at the Rural Business Awards for their support and recognition.”

Now in its fifth year, the Rural Business Awards is the only UK-wide programme dedicated to showcasing the success of rural businesses.