It’s time to say goodbye
On March 25, Charlie Burchell will give up the tenancy on about 200 acres at Ketches Farm near Uckfield in East Sussex. His late father David moved to the area in 1967 and at their peak the family farmed more than 800 acres, including Ketches.
David Burchell, who died in 1994, started his farming with four acres given to him by his grandfather and went on to run a herd of 50 Ayrshire cattle which were then crossed with British Friesians, taking the herd size to 160 just before he died. David also was one of the first producers for Buxted Chickens.
As the land around Ketches was sold off by his father, Charlie Burchell was left with a range of farm buildings and 35 acres adjoining Ketches which he has heavily diversified into equestrian and office lettings. He plans to retire, and wrote this memoir of his time farming Ketches.
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