Suffolk's landowners were given a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the county's most forward-thinking estates as they gathered for their annual general meeting.

Members of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) were at Kenton Hall Estate near Debenham on Wednesday (May 15) to hear about its many farm diversifications.

The McVeigh family moved to Kenton Hall in 1986 having farmed in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

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The mixed farm includes 200 hectares of arable land with livestock including a herd of English Longhorn Cattle and rare breed pigs.

Guests heard about the family's approach to regenerative farming, agroforestry and alternative cropping as well as its diversified businesses including a wedding venue, glamping site and cookery school.

The estate hosts hen party packages, cookery courses, foodie weekend events and Duke of Edinburgh scheme residential courses.

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The original manor house at Kenton Hall dates back to around 1200 and the Tudor Hall was built by the De Kenton family. Over the years the McVeigh family have renovated the house and restored the farm to its former glory.

CLA East acting regional director Mark Riches said: "Every year the CLA offers members a chance to visit forward-thinking rural businesses and go behind the scenes of their farming operations and unique diversifications.

"Kenton Hall is an excellent example of how our members are embracing farming and their other business ventures and demonstrates the important role they play in supporting the rural economy."
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