Land of opportunity

Land of opportunity

As I watch the evening news only to hear that the West Country is currently un-commutable by train due to the relentless weather taking its toll on the Great Western Railway line and despite all the right noises coming out of Westminster regarding the positive economic turn for the country, sometimes it’s difficult to see tangible positive proof of this when living in a rural community, with the ongoing day to day rising living costs of food, both human and animal as well as diesel and petrol.

So, it was rather pleasing to read a recent article in the Farmers Weekly reporting an 11% rise in the average price of English farmland during 2013 to a record £6,882 per acre according to Knight Frank’s Farmland Index and even more cheering, the fact that farmland has increased in value by 210% over the past ten years and is only marginally behind the 223% change in the price of gold. So although we may feel cut off at the moment I look out at the beautiful Dartmoor view with a reminder of the saying ‘there’s gold in them there hills’ well at least a hint of positivity anyway for the land and farm market in the year ahead.

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