Sir George saw at first hand an example of rural diversification, when he formally opened a new storage facility at Finkley, converted from a barn.
"A year ago, there would have been cows here, but with the changing pattern of support for farming, many farms have had to diversify. I commend what Andrew Hughes has done, in preserving the outside facade of the building, and putting inside a large number of containers which people can use for storage inside the building. Typically, those moving home may need to store their furniture for a period of time, and each container can hold the contents of an average home. And business may want to store archived documents in a facility they can access at times to suit them."
From the road - or from Andover - you wil not notice much difference; but the change will help to secure the future of the farm. Andrew is planning to enter the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, which puts a premium on respect for the environment."
In picture from left to right.
Miss Lizzie Baird, Mrs Mary Matthews, Mrs Caroline Moodie, Mr Andrew Hughes, Sir George Young MP, Mrs Mandy Hughes, Mr Roger Pearson, Mr Gordon Little, Mr Victor Hughes, Mr John Moodie