Farmer and presenter Adam Henson has opened up on making a “really difficult” decision about his family business in order to protect their future and the livelihoods of those who work on his Cotswold Farm Park. He admitted he is “dreading” a second wave and what it would mean for the show and the countryside.
Opening up on how he was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Adam shared: “The commercial side of the farm, we had to carry on looking after our crops and looking after all of our animals.
“Obviously, being very careful with the social distancing of the team, swabbing down machines when we swap machines.
“Very, very difficult when you're using hand tools on the farm and those sorts of things.
“But we've managed to get through it with nobody becoming ill, and managing to carry on doing our usual jobs, and then on the Cotswold farm Park, which is our tourist enterprise, and all our lovely rare breed, we had to close completely.”
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He went on to add: “That was really, really difficult.
“We have 53 staff on furlough and all animals giving birth and doing all the things they do in the spring, but no one to look at them.
“So it's been tough, but now we are back open again and with all the social distancing precautions in place.
“Lots of people turning up to enjoy the countryside, the great outdoors, and if you're going to go out think it's a good place to be in field for looking at animals.
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“So yes, we've had lots of people coming back to us.”
But while the Cotswold Farm Park is back up and running, Adam explained he is concerned about what the future holds.