Do you want to do something different but need some inspiration? This page is aimed at farmers who want to diversify, so hopefully, it will get you thinking.

I will populate the following headings over the next few weeks.

Energy

Is my land suitable for a solar farm? event image

Have you ever wondered if your land is suitable for a solar farm?

We had a great event recently when Mark Noone, Senior Development Manager and Tara Reale, Head of Business Development – Ireland, Lightsource bp, provided an overview of the factors considered for selecting solar farm sites and determining their viability. They were joined by Richard Turner, Senior Environmental Planner who answered members’ questions.

The event was recorded so if you would like to access it or be introduced to Mark, Tara ot Richard join Rural Business Network now.

Leisure and Recreation

Novel Crops

Novel Livestock

Tourism

Firstly, there are lots of great resources and events over at Visit Britain.

Glamping

I’ve found a helpful website, Go Glamping who explains that the word ‘glamping’ derives its name from Glamorous Camping, a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those usually associated with traditional camping.

Glamping is all about the ‘experience’. It’s about immersing yourself in your surroundings, taking great gulps of air, feeling the earth under your feet and dissolving away your daily stress. It’s about getting back to nature without getting back to basics. You won’t be living out of a rucksack and sleeping on the floor. No, Glamping is most definitely luxury camping.

More recently the term Glamping has encompassed any kind of travel accommodation deemed unique or unusual such as geodesic domes, tree houses or Airstream caravans for example.

You can generally define a glampsite as follows:

  • Its structure is free-standing and self-contained. (In theory, it could be disassembled and moved fairly easily, unlike a traditional bricks and mortar dwelling such as a hotel).
  • It opens out onto the great outdoors. (ie there’s no lift to the foyer!)
  • Creature comforts come as standard (ie bed, hot water and even electricity).

The very nature of Glamping means there’s an accommodation type for everyone. From locally sourced and built eco-pods which offer complete protection from the elements to igloos to traditional Native American tipis to a vast range of wooden and tented cabins to VW Combi Vans.

The comfort levels and price of these also range wildly so there really is something for everyone and for every budget including:

  • Cabins
  • Domes
  • Pods
  • Safari Tents
  • Tipis
  • Yurts

Head over to the Go Glamping website for photographs / further inspiration:

https://goglamping.net/what-is-glamping

Some things to consider:

  1. Know the glamping business models and options available to you
  2. Understand the advantages and costs of each
  3. Focus on land feasibility considerations before setting up a site
  4. Seek advice for obtaining permissions in your country
  5. Do your sums to understand the income you can expect to generate – especially cash flow projections
  6. Complete a business plan template and use real examples and a checklist to help
  7. Know the maintenance considerations you need to make
  8. Focus on what makes what you offer so unique and promote, promote, promote!

Value Added

Tom Kitchen-Dunn, co-founder of Lamb2Ewe gave an excellent talk to members on Tuesday 23rd February and answered lots of questions. If you would like access to the recording join Rural Business Network now 😊

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