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New CLA boss pledges more support for farmers

Wednesday 23 February 2005

Farmers and land managers struggling with complex agricultural reforms and new regulations are seeking expert advice at unprecedented levels, said rural business leader Mrs Susan Cunliffe-Lister.

Speaking on her election as chairman of the Yorkshire branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), she pledged individual case-related support and "lobbying that results in a lot of victories, not just a lot of noise."

Mrs Cunliffe-Lister, of Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire is also a member of the CLA's national council and executive. She manages an estate that includes farming and stud businesses and a historic home open to the public.

An acclaimed plantswoman, she was voted Country Life magazine's Gardener of the Year 2001 and in 2003 her garden was in BBC TV's Gardeners' World viewers top ten. More recently, she has restored the kitchen garden at the Cunliffe-Lister's ancestral home, Swinton Park, near Masham, North Yorkshire, now Yorkshire's highest-rated hotel and Hotel of the Year in 2004.


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