Jeremy Clarkson gives insight into 'busy night' on the farm
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Jeremy Clarkson decided to take on managing his 1,000-acre farm and filmed the process for Amazon Prime Video’s Clarkson’s Farm. Fans of The Grand Tour presenter followed Jeremy as he strived and often failed to make become a successful farmer with various projects across his land. However, the former Top Gear host has admitted he was “shouted” out by partner Lisa Hogan and everyone around him for his efforts.
Speaking to Giles Coren for Times Radio, Jeremy was asked how he made the decision to film his endeavours as a farmer.
He said: “When I met the people who were already working on it.
“When I met the dry stone waller and I couldn’t understand a word he was saying about the herbage in one of the fields and even if I would have understood the words I wouldn’t have understood the meaning.
“So I thought he’s great and then we got this fantastic tractor driver Kaleb, who’s 21 and just a natural, a great farmer and a natural for television I thought, and Charlie my land agent.”
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“And they were a great group of people and a body of people you rarely see on TV these days just ordinary people, not celebrities in any way, doing ordinary jobs,” Jeremy continued.
“Once I decided to be a farmer I thought, ‘I’ve got some really good people here, let’s see if we can make it into a show, which of course will help offset the losses I’m going to make,’ which were considerable.
Discussing his partner, he said: “Lisa was very much a part of the show, most of the eye-rolling, as I decide what I’m going to do.
“‘I’m going to start a trout lake, I’m going to grow wasabi because nobody’s growing wasabi in the UK and I shall do it,’ and I now know why nobody’s growing wasabi in the UK because it’s really difficult.”
“And so I started all these, I call them vanity projects,” Jeremy remarked.
“‘I’m going to make a big soggy area like Eeyore’s place for insects and I’m going to put beetle strips through all my field so they look like corduroy.’
“Lisa just rolls her eyes and everybody else shouts at me.”
Giles quizzed Jeremy on what he thought the late television critic Adrian Gill would make of his farming venture.
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Giles interjected: “There was a time when the idea of you farming in the Cotswolds is an idea that you would have scorned and mocked heavily.
“I was also thinking about our dear old friend, Adrian Gill, the great TV critic, what would Adrian have thought of it all?”
“I think Adrian would have liked it,” Jeremy replied. “Adrian despised the Cotswolds, he despised everything, he despised Stow-on-the-Wold with a passion.
“Mainly I suspect because all of his friends were moving there and that was reducing the number of people who could have lunch with.”
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“But no, he would have hated it. I think he would have liked the farm though,” he continued.
“The farm is an interesting place and what happens on it is an interesting thing and all the decisions you have to make are interesting.
“For example, if you spray neonicotinoids on oilseed rape which you have to do to stop beetles from eating it that hurts the bees so everyone would say you mustn’t do that because we mustn’t hurt the bees, that’s obvious.
“However, if you don’t use neonicotinoids your oilseed rape dies, I lost 10 acres of it last year so then I can’t sell my vegetable oil which means people buy palm oil instead which of course has a massive effect on the Orangutans in Sumatra so it’s always a balance, it’s always a struggle.”
Clarkson’s Farm is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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