Spring Update from Rachel Bagshaw
With the clocks going forward and the lighter evenings, it is beginning to feel more like spring, though it definitely seems late this year. The weather has not been particularly good for those lambing with heavy rainfall in most areas but at least the grass is starting to grow now.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Cumbria Food Awards 2023 at Kendal College. This was a great celebration of food and drink producers, retailers and venues in Cumbria.
We have some truly fantastic producers in the county and H&H were proud to sponsor the ‘Food Producer of the Year’ award, won by Torphenhow Farmhouse Dairy near Wigton. We were treated to a delicious meal prepared by the students of the College; many of its former students have gone on to be chefs at leading restaurants and award winners.
Last month also featured International Women’s Day and the H&H Group hosted a lunch to mark the occasion. Almost 50 professional women and business owners gathered to celebrate the success women bring to business in Cumbria and hear the inspiring stories of two such women: Diane Hannah of The Herdy Company and Gill Haigh of Cumbria Tourism.
At H&H Land Estates, we are gearing up for a busy period for land and farm sales. We have some interesting properties coming to market this spring and will be auctioning 36.15 acres of parkland pasture at Cockshot Wood, Lindale on 14th April and 15.82 acres of meadow and pasture at Selside on 12th May.
There is significant activity in the residential market too, with continued demand for properties with land and smallholdings. The number of properties coming onto the market is perhaps higher than anticipated earlier in the year; good news for buyers and sellers alike.