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Sheep farmer ‘re-inherits’ household farm offered to a neighbour

A sheep farmer whose great-uncle offered off the household farm has been informed he’ll now inherit it again from a neighbour.

Richard Thirlwell, 43, from Simonburn in Northumberland, bumped into the farm’s then-owner, Richard Burrell, at Hexham Mart in 2018 whereas making an attempt to purchase Purple Aberdeen Angus cross cattle.

When he failed to purchase any, the older man requested Richard if he would take care of his heifers.

The association labored so effectively that when Mr Burrell died in February 2022, aged 80, he left his farm on the sting of Kielder Forest to his youthful colleague.

“It’s fairly exceptional, actually. It was an opportunity encounter – I hadn’t seen him for a number of years,” says Richard.

“I didn’t fairly imagine it when he rang up and requested if I’d prefer to have it. He needed a younger household to take it on as a result of he didn’t have any kids himself.”

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Richard and his spouse Heather, and their two younger daughters, will transfer into East Whygate – a 100ha hill farm – as soon as the probate course of is full.

It’s the place the women’ grandmother Sylvia grew up, however was offered by her cousin within the early Eighties as a result of there was nobody within the household in a position to take it on.

As kids, Richard and his brother David typically visited the farm subsequent door – it’s the place they realized their first farming abilities.

Man and two young girls with farm buildings in the background

© Richard Thirlwell along with his daughters © Richard Thirlwell

“I’ve identified the farm and Mr Burrell all my life,” says Richard, who grew up close by within the village of Stonehaugh, the place his father labored in forestry.

Richard himself labored as a full-time shepherd for 15 years, taking care of 1,000 sheep for the Nunwick property. He was renting a discipline on a yearly lease for his personal breeding ewes when Mr Burrell made his extraordinary supply.

He says he’s enthusiastic about taking over the farm, however has reservations about how he and Heather, a district nurse, will finance every little thing.

The farm they’re shifting into doesn’t have mains electrical energy, due to its remoteness within the Higher Wark Burns Valley, so Richard is investigating the price of putting in photo voltaic panels and batteries.

The 2-bedroom farmhouse additionally wants complete renovation.

The land itself can be extraordinarily difficult. It consists of a few small pasture fields, however most of it’s fell.

“It’d take 10 years to get it again to the place it must be, however hopefully I ought to have time on my aspect,” says Richard.



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