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A Suffolk woodland containing sweet chestnut, wild cherry, field maple, rowan, ash, birch and pine has come on the market with a guide price of £200,000.

A call for British labour to help with seasonal work on farms has met with an “overwhelmingly positive” response across Suffolk and Essex, farmers’ leaders say.

Urgent action is needed to galvanise community, industry and government efforts to break the stigma around mental health and end the “silent suffering” on East Anglia’s farms.

At the grand age of 76, Ron Backhouse is still busy working for the same farm estate he joined an incredible 60 years ago.

If this had been any normal May, farmer Bruce Kerr would have been making daily visits to the bustling home of the Suffolk Show on the outskirts of Ipswich.

It’s not every day you get to meet the most famous woman of her era.

An enormous tomato greenhouse is beginning to take shape in fields outside Bury St Edmunds – part of a £120m project to establish East Anglia as a trailblazer for low carbon farming.

Suffolk Show’s bowler-hatted stewards won’t get to greet the event’s 80,000 to 90,000 visitors this year. So what will they miss most – and what will they be doing instead?

The loss of the Suffolk Show is set to leave a giant hole in the county’s heart - and its finances.

Suffolk Show was due to take place this week, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus lockdown. So with the help of past show directors, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and look at shows of the past.

The creator of a highly successful café and maize maze farm diversification admits it was “heart-breaking” to close the venture down due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Vineyards across the region are set to raise a glass to heroes of the coronavirus pandemic – by sending them a free bottle of local wine.

VAT on tourism businesses should be cut to 5pc to help the rural economy recover from the coronavirus crisis, said East Anglia’s countryside business leaders.

East Anglia’s MPs have been urged to speak up for the region’s crucial food and farming industries ahead of tomorrow’s key debate on the UK’s post-Brexit agricultural policy.

A farmer admits he’s on “an incredibly fast learning curve” after launching a new fruit and vegetable box delivery service in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

Last year, Tom Bunting’s vineyard team consisted of a team of workers from eastern Europe.

Swifts have arrived back in East Anglia, following their annual migration pattern, with Woodbridge Swift Survey spotting the first one in the town on April 24.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has chosen a new regional leader to succeed its current director – who is off to start a new life in France.

Four adorable hedgehogs have been released back into the wild after spending the winter in the care of students at the Suffolk Rural College hedgehog hospital.

A Suffolk farm machinery maker says it is working at full capacity to keep up with “strong” UK and overseas demand amid the coronavirus crisis.

The characteristic crop which turns Norfolk fields into a sea of yellow each spring could be under threat in future without a “joined-up approach” to protect its viability, said farming leaders.

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the fragility of our food chains and proved the worth of East Anglia’s farmers – presenting a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to harness support for British food.

One small Suffolk fruit grower is now sifting more than 1,000 applications for just 10 seasonal jobs after a UK drive to recruit more workers tapped into an unexpected public groundswell.

Farmers struggling to break into the lucrative medical cannabis and hemp markets because of legal obstacles will be offered pointers by the experts.

More than 1,300 UK workers have applied to work on a large East Anglian soft fruit farm over the summer months in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown.

Sarah Chambers

Sarah Chambers

Agriculture correspondent

Email | 01473 324827

Farming is a major industry in East Anglia, with agricultural issues impacting on the lives of residents right across the region.

Agricultural correspondent Sarah Chambers is here to highlight rural campaigns, food issues and farming updates.

If you have a farming or food-related story, email Sarah or call the farming desk on 01473 324827.

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