Elsie & Fleur

When the economy is having a tough time it’s really important to support small rural businesses. Here are 10 ways to help companies based in the countryside to keep going. Many help preserve the landscapes and views we all enjoy and would hate to lose.

  1. Shop locally using farm shops and box schemes. To find out more visit bigbarn.co.uk or www.farma.org.uk.
  2. Have a Cornish cuppa. The Tregothnan estate in Cornwall has a plantation of tea and there are others in the country too. For stockists tregothnan.co.uk.
  3. Opt out of machine-made ironmongery and have your new gates, garden furniture, knobs and knockers made by a British blacksmith baba.org.uk.
  4. Help preserve our apple, pear and cherry varieties by buying British.
  5. Choose British cheese and honey. We’re in the middle of a resurgence in cheese making in this country and there are more than 450 unique cheeses now being made in Britain. Beekeeper numbers are dwindling in 1948 there were 76,000 nationwide now there are around 44,000 in England and Wales.
  6. Come and stay in the countryside. Lots of farmers offer B&B or self-catering holiday lets to help boost their incomes farmstay.co.uk or www.special-escapes.co.uk.
  7. Save rare breeds like the Whitefaced Dartmoor sheep. The rare Breeds survival Trust gives details of butchers that stock and market rare and traditional breeds rbst.org.uk.
  8. Buy Cornish sea salt cornishseasalt.co.uk. This company has great eco credentials too!
  9. Go for British carpets – this cuts down on the miles our piles have to travel to reach us and also supports the nation’s sheep farmers.
  10. Support artisan potters like our very own Liz.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — February 11, 2015

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