Jeremy Clarkson has made a final attempt to save Diddly Squat Farm from closure, revealing his struggles in his latest book, Pigs Might Fly. Facing financial pressures, Clarkson is desperately trying to turn his farm around before considering selling it.
- Jeremy’s Last Stand: Clarkson is on his “last roll of the dice” with Diddly Squat Farm, as detailed in his book “Pigs Might Fly”. Planting mustard as a deterrent to wildlife, he sees this as his final chance to make the farm profitable.
- Financial Struggles Despite Fame: Despite being a well-known presenter of shows like The Grand Tour and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Clarkson’s financial woes with the farm are severe, with high outgoings and multiple failed attempts at traditional farming and diversification.
- Hope for Clarkson’s Farm Series Continuation: Amidst the farm’s uncertainty, Clarkson’s girlfriend hints at more seasons of Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime, indicating ongoing public interest in his farming journey.
Jeremy Clarkson, famous for his role in Top Gear and other high-profile shows, bought Diddly Squat Farm in the Cotswolds in 2019. Despite his celebrity status and experience as a seasoned host, the farm has been a challenging venture, with little profit to show for his efforts. In his book, Clarkson shares a candid look at these struggles, saying:
“It would be easy for me to let the brambles and badgers take over my farmland and to sit back and watch the deer and squirrels eat all the trees in my woods.
“Which is why this morning, I decided to plant my game covers with mustard. It’s my last roll of the dice.”
He continues, describing the dire situation:
“My last chance to make something – anything – work. And if it doesn’t? I don’t even want to think about it. It hurts my knees and my outgoings this year are truly terrifying, even for me with four other income streams. So I can’t hand it back to nature and I daren’t move forwards.”
In his Sunday Times column, Clarkson reflected on his farming journey:
“I’ve tried farming conventionally and it didn’t work. I’ve tried diversifying and that hasn’t really worked either. And I’ve tried with sheep and pigs and cows and that has been a bit of a disaster as well.
“So I arrived at a crossroads and was not sure which way to turn. I could sell the farm, but I like having it and for very good reasons. There are no death duties on farmland, so my children like me having it too.”
Despite the challenges, Clarkson is committed to running Diddly Squat for at least another year, thanks to his land agent “Cheerful” Charlie Ireland. Additionally, there’s a glimmer of hope for fans of Clarkson’s Farm, as indicated by his girlfriend’s Instagram post showing the production crew in discussion with Clarkson. She confirmed the possibility of future seasons, responding to fan queries with affirmative replies and emojis.