In a recent episode of Our Family Farm Rescue with Adam Henson, the Channel 5 presenter grew worried about the state of Iwan and Katrina Wheate’s farmyard. The Countryfile presenter returned to the farm to see how much progress had been made as the pair had hoped to transform their land. But Adam was left disappointed when he arrived to the same mess he had seen on a previous visit.
Walking through the yard Adam explained: “While I totally understand the frustration of having to wait for the loan, there’s still a lot they can do without it like tidying up the farm.
“It’s still as messy as when I last came here. I’d arranged to meet Iwan here to talk about this and I mean look at this old dog kennel.
“Why haven’t they chucked it away? I mean what is the point.
“These pods are going to arrive, and they want guests in them, he needs to get his act together this for me is a top priority. I think I need to have a word.”
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“It’s a scary prospect, the business has to work, it has to be successful because at the end of the day it’s a mortgage and it has to be paid.”
The stakes were getting higher by the day for the couple and there seemed to be a lot of work that needed to be done in a small amount of time.
Adam had concerns the couple’s financial situation was spiralling out of control.
Further, into the episode, Adam thought of an interesting way to help Iwan and Katrina bring in some extra money to help fund the farm.
“I’ve been having a think about your fine dining idea and this building is beautiful, but I think there’s a huge amount of work to be done to get it empty,” he stated.
“You’ve already got enough on your plates, but I think you could put hampers together for your customers or little boxes of food that they can cook themselves and buy from you.
“It’s about getting that secondary spend, get them buying into the experience.”
Katrina also revealed she had to step back after suffering an accident in a barn last year, explaining: “I was there feeding the cattle in the trough, I turned around to walk away and there was a blow to the left side of my face.
“A hell of a crack and a flash of light. I came too and I was under three bales, and they weigh two tonnes each.
“What saved my life is a very low wall next to me. The bottom bale had rested on that and that is what saved my life.
“If they had come down on me. I wouldn’t be here today.”
Despite the trouble the couple had faced, they managed to open a successful glamping business with Adam’s help.
Our Family Farm Rescue with Adam Henson returns on Tuesday at 9pm on Channel 5.