Duchy Home Farm visit

12th August 2020

Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown MP for the Cotswolds was pleased to join the Minister for International Trade, Ranil Jayawardena MP, for a visit to Duchy Home Farm 

in Tetbury on Monday.  The farm manager, David Wilson provided an exceptionally interesting insight into how the organic farm operates.

The tour included the beef enterprise, made up of Aberdeen Angus, British Whites, and Gloucester cattle.  The Minister and Sir Geoffrey also visited the organic vegetable shop, environmentally conscious with brown paper bags and an honesty box.  An impressive milk vending machine provides organic milk produced by the cows the day before, difficult to get much fresher.

The Minister was particularly interested to learn how the very high standards that we adopt in British agriculture in organic and sustainable farming could be used to promote increased exports sales of agriculture produce around the world.   He said it was particularly pertinent at this time as Britain is negotiating deals with Austria, New Zealand, the U.S, and Japan.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown commented:

“This visit really showcased the best British agriculture has to offer and as a farmer myself it was a real eye opener as to how other farmers operate.  From organic beef, to drought resistant maize, which is planted with deep roots more hardy to the type of weather we are having now, Duchy farm is innovative in its methods.

“ I am pleased the Minister was able to visit one of the many great farms based here in the Cotswolds.  The British agriculture sector has some of the best food standards, animal welfare, and environmental protections, which I am committed to supporting.  Thank you David and his team for a great tour.” 

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP joins minister Ranil Jayawardena MP at Duchy Home Farm



An opportunity for residents of Bledington, South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade and Moreton-in-Marsh to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the County and District Councils, Parish Council, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.  


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Planning White Papers

I have submitted my responses to the two planning consultations: “Changes to the current planning system’ and “Planning for the future’.

These planning changes are one of the most significant events to affect the Cotswolds since WWII. I think that both papers contain positive proposals, in our case commitments to protect the AONB. The proposal to abolition Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) should speed up the planning process and it is important that the money is retained locally so that the infrastructure can be built at the same time as the development. 

Too often we see a development being built long before the supporting infrastructure, which I know can cause significant issues for existing residents. The proposals to simplify and speed up local plan-making and retaining neighbourhood plans where possible are welcome, in that design codes can be specified so it should be possible to protect our unique Cotswolds vernacular.   

I spoke in the planning backbench business debate on the 8 October and called for a change to the algorithm the Government uses in its planning White Paper which fails to take account of local variations and concentrates all new house building in the south-east and central south of England. 

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