Our pre-show top picks from this year’s largest land diversification event.
The Farm Business Innovation Show aims to inspire farmers, landowners and rural entrepreneurs with new prospects of land diversification. Held over two days at the NEC, Birmingham, the award-winning event features 550 exhibitor stands, live demos and a comprehensive programme of seminars featuring over 200 speakers.
Lord Carnarvon, the owner of Highclere Castle, will be talking about his estate which is well known as the location for the Downton Abbey TV series and film. Lord and Lady Carnarvon haven’t hesitated to make the most of their Downton exposure and have created books on the family and history of the castle, alongside new products such as cigars and gin to sell worldwide. Find out all about their projects and get inspired by their story.
Other seminar sessions will cover converting barns with minimum risk and maximum profit, how to make history and heritage interesting, health and safety tips for unknown projects, and avoiding the pitfalls of a number of diversification projects.
The Farm Business Innovation Show is run in conjunction with three other adjoining shows – Family Attraction Expo, Country House Business Innovation, Holiday Park & Resort Innovation, and the Leisure F&B Expo. This combination makes it the largest array of sport, leisure and hospitality offerings, all under one roof.
Looking to branch out into glamping, children’s play areas, alternative crops and livestock, or events? Head to the NEC, Birmingham on 6-7 November to explore the endless possibilities your land can offer.
OAB’s Top Picks
S2T GROUP / PERFO
S2T GROUP supplies the PERFO range of interlocking ground and grass reinforcement tiles for both light and heavy duty applications.
The tiles, manufactured from recycled PE, can be quickly and easily installed directly into existing grass surfaces without excavation. They improve and reinforce access to rural areas and provide stable green field parking, preventing rutting.
The PERFO system can also be installed into a bedding layer of crushed stone chippings to provide a durable yet permeable parking surface for intensive daily vehicle use. www.perfo.co.uk
Specialising foremost in the supply of plastic tanks from 150 to 30,000 litres for above and below ground storage of waste and water, Glampsan also provides a range of complementary products to help manage water and waste at holiday parks, glamping, camping, and caravanning sites whatever the application, on or off-grid.
These additional products include sewage and grey water lifting stations, pumps, water filtration and pressure boosters, treatment plants and septic tanks, level alarms and Elsan tipping points. The one stop shop also provides friendly, specialist advice. www.glampsan.com
FuturEnergy is the designer, manufacturer and supplier of the AirForce range of horizontal micro and small-wind turbines with nearly 7,000 1kw units now in service. The Airforce1 systems are ideal for off-grid applications such as battery charging, water and space heating.
The new AirForce Control turbine monitor and automatic stop system will be showcased on the stand. Designed to provide worry-free ownership of turbines, it uses remote monitoring and control, data logging and automatic stop/start functionality to prevent issues including over-speeding in high wind conditions. www.futurenergy.co.uk
Clear Sky specialises in supplying the very highest quality safari and bell tents at the lowest possible cost. Its tents are manufactured to British standards and designed for year round use over 10 years. Safari tent prices start from just £2,990 (+VAT) or £505 for bell tents.
Clear Sky offers a set up cost as low as £5,995 for a safari tent, base and internal fittings and furnishings. With an expected rental income of around £100 a night, the package offers an excellent return on investment. www.safaritents.net
Log Homes Finland
This family owned business has many years’ experience designing, supplying and building log buildings for commercial and domestic use.
Its luxury mini chalet provides guests with the experience of sleeping in a log cabin. It incorporates a toilet and shower, accommodation for multiple guests and cooking facilities.
Log Homes Finland’s manufacturing partner supplies direct from a state of the art facility, producing homes and buildings designed to last for generations at a competitive price. www.loghomesfinland.co.uk
Tradewinds Outdoor (Bushgear)
Tradewinds Outdoor is a UK distributor of Hikki wood-fired hot tubs. These classic Swedish tubs feature a timeless Scandinavian design comprising a durable body of aluminium and oak and can be placed on just about any flat surface. Unlike many hot tubs, the Bohemen model pictured requires little water and wood in order to prepare a bath, making it both economical and environmentally friendly. www.bushgear.co.uk
Green Mile Trees
Green Mile Trees is a Nottinghamshire-based family run nursery with over 70,000 trees, conifers, instant hedging and topiary in production. A long-standing reputable grower and supplier to private individuals, estate managers, landscapers and other growers, it offers large trees and instant hedging for instant structure, architectural impact and a practical screening solution or statement in any garden or landscape.
The small, friendly, experienced team helps customers in their tree selection to ensure the best, most appropriate variety is offered for foliage type, cover, ground conditions, flower or purpose. www.greenmiletrees.co.uk
Brilliant Trails offers an extensive range of trail options for the tourism sector, maximising the way people interact with locations and creating profitable experiences for land and property owners. The team’s passion is to create unique products that provide a fun and educational experience for visitors, while generating income for local businesses.
Trails are designed around three main themes: family experiences, history and heritage, and education, and include interactive sensory trails (fairy trails) and treasure hunts. www.brillianttrails.com