Adam Henson: Countryfile host endures ‘horrible and difficult’ time at farm park

Adam Henson: Countryfile host endures ‘horrible and difficult’ time at farm park


This Morning: Adam Henson admits to 'emotions' in farming

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Adam Henson, 54, has run the Cotswold Farm Park alongside business partner Duncan Andrews since 1999. However, the ongoing UK lockdown has seen the popular attraction lose vital funds, as the nation was told to stay home for a third time to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus.

It’s been horrible for us

Adam Henson

Opening up on how it has been with his farm park remaining shut for prolonged periods, Adam told “It’s been horrible, it’s been really difficult for us. 

“Financially and also physically. We have got 53 staff on furlough. 

“The government have done an amazing job in supporting businesses through the furlough scheme, through business rate holidays, so the support we had in 2020 has been intense and it continues into 2021,” he added.

The TV farmer is especially thankful for the help he has been provided by the Conservative government, who have implemented a number of measures to help businesses during this time.

He added: “As a business are so incredibly grateful for [government help]. We wouldn’t be here otherwise, we wouldn’t have survived. We open again on the 12th of April.”

Adam is positive about the future of the attraction, as he believes many will flock to the park when restrictions lift.

He shared: “I think as soon as the country unlocks itself, people will come flooding back into the countryside. 

“A lot of people are going out walking now. Certainly, last year when the country reopened on the 4th of July. That’s when we reopened the Cotswold Farm Park. 

“People came flooding back to see all our animals and feed the goats. I hope everyone does that again.”

In a video posted to his Cotswold Farm Park YouTube channel, Adam spoke of his anxiety over the past year.

He said: “It’s really difficult for us as a business and individuals but also incredibly difficult for our staff.

“It’s terrible and difficult times with coronavirus. Hopefully, financially we will get through this.”

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Adam also spoke of the promise he made his late father Joe Henson to maintain the Farm Park legacy he had created.

He explained: “I don’t want this to sound corny or crass, but my father died in 2015, and I was by his bedside, and I promised I would look after his legacy.”

In 2010, the presenter spoke of where he and his partner Charlotte Henson and their children Alfie, 18 and Ella, 23 live.

He said: “At Bemborough Farm in Guiting Power, on the same holding as the Cotswold Farm Park.

“I ‘inherited’ the tenancy from my father; in fact, my lad, Alfie, has the same bedroom I used to sleep in as a child.

“It seems to me a pretty perfect childhood. Ella and Alfie both know about the birds and the bees, life and death, and the seasons.

“I feel that teaches them values. But Charlie loves the city life, and we often have city breaks, so our children have ended up with the best of both worlds.”

Springtime On The Farm airs tonight on Channel 5 at 8pm.

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