AN MP has been shown what diverse modern farms are like and discussed rural life and business in a visit to a family-run business.

Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes visited Fullerton Farms in Cottonworth after being invited along by The Country Land and Business Association.

The farm is home to the Liddell family and in the visit, Ms Nokes was shown the wide range of activities carried out, discussing issues affecting rural life and business.

The Liddells, who are members of the CLA, have farmed at Fullerton for four generations with brothers Tom and Hugh farming 1,000 acres of organic arable land including 30 acres of vineyards, producing the award-winning Cottonworth Sparkling Wine.

Tom’s wife Lucy runs the weddings, festivals and events side of the business.

Topics covered in the visit included rural crime, access, planning and housing, and diversification, with the group’s tour taking in sights such as the vineyard and luxury tree houses.

Ms Nokes, who has also backed the CLA’s Rural Powerhouse campaign, said: “It was great to have the opportunity to catch up with the CLA and talk about issues impacting rural enterprises at the current time.

“The visit to Fullerton Farms was a chance to hear about how fully organic farms are improving biodiversity but also about the challenges of rural crime, including poaching.”

Tom Liddell, who hosted the tour, said: “It was lovely for us as local farmers to have the opportunity to show Caroline how we farm organically and for us to explain how we have diversified across the estate in order to sustain a healthy business.

“Working with local authorities and the CLA to build the future of British farming is imperative and something we feel immensely strongly about.”