Adam Henson: Countryfile host says farm park wouldn’t have survived without government aid

Adam Henson: Countryfile host says farm park wouldn’t have survived without government aid

04/18/2021

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

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Adam Henson, 54, has revealed exclusively to Express.co.uk that the Cotswold Farm Park he runs alongside business partner Duncan Andrews wouldn’t have “survived” without receiving government help. The Countryfile host described the last year as being “horrible” and “really difficult” for his enterprise, as he had to place 53 of his staff on the furlough scheme.

It’s been horrible

Adam Henson

Opening up on the past few months, Adam said: “It’s been horrible, it’s been really difficult for us, financially and also physically. 

“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.”

“For which we as a business are so incredibly grateful for. We wouldn’t be here otherwise, we wouldn’t have survived,” he added.

The Cotswold Farm Park finally reopened yesterday as lockdown restrictions begun to ease, after the UK endured three separate lockdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus, beginning in March last year.

Adam is hopeful that members of the public will be quick to return to the tourist hot spot.

During lockdown, he has continued to remain busy balancing his commitments on the farm and filming for Countryfile.

The famous farmer shared: “All the animals still need looking after, all the crops are still growing. I’ve been really busy filming Countryfile.

“I’ve been working for a couple of Channel 5 programmes obviously with all the sort of COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions in place, but yeah life has been really busy for me,” he added.

The star said he has been “fortunate” to have spent the last 12 months enjoying the countryside, where his family resides.

He continued: “For me, my lockdown is I walk out of the door into a 1,600 acre farm. 

“We don’t own it, we’re tenants of it but I have got this huge space. 

“I’m very fortunate in that position, not stuck in a city, in a flat.”

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The business holds a special place in Adam’s heart, as he has previously spoken of the promise he made his late father Joe Henson to maintain the Farm Park legacy he created.

Adam 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 described where he and his partner Charlotte Henson and their children Alfie, 18 and Ella, 31 live.

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

Adam revealed that he is working on a new show for Channel 5, all about “diversifying” farmers.

The Countryfile host has been busier than ever balancing his new filming commitments with the running of the Cotswolds Farm Park.

Speaking out on his hectic schedule, Adam shared: “Countryfile, I film every Monday and Tuesday, so I’m really busy with them, filming a lot of it on the farm and sometimes off the farm. 

“I’m doing Springtime On The Farm for Channel 5, and I’ve got a new series coming out with Channel 5 all about farmers diversifying. That’s called Family Farm Rescue,” he added.

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