The Joint Administrators and their agents Hilco Capital continue to trade the stores of Countrywide Farmers PLC following our appointment on 7th March 2018. Store performance is reviewed weekly but given the strong trading performance to date the majority of stores will be trading into May which has created an opportunity to seek further going concern sales where available.

Interest in the stores has been strong and we continue to receive interest and offers for a number of stores on a going concern basis. The aim is to conclude these transactions as soon as possible. To date 8 stores have been sold to Wynnstay (Agricultural Supplies) Limited on 30 April 2018 and details of those stores are included on https://www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk/t/store-updates.

There are 11 leasehold stores where progressing going concern offers is proving challenging (either because no acceptable offer has been received, the structure of certain offers or from a deliverability perspective). In-order for all stores to have every opportunity to be sold as a going concern we would like to invite going concern offers on the following stores;

1. Ashbourne, 2. Launceston – B2B, 3. Ludlow – B2B, 4. Penzance – B2B, 5. Liphook, 6. Evesham, 7. Twyford, 8. Witney, 9. Gower, 10. Tavistock, 11. Chepstow

Lease premium interest has also been received with interested parties seeking an alternative use for some of the stores.

For interest in the stores on a going concern basis please e-mail your interest to [email protected] or call 07740894721.

For interest in the freehold properties ('property only' interest) please contact Adam Heath at [email protected]

Grow Your Own Rhubarb

  • With this guide for how to grow rhubarb, we’ll ensure it’s easy and simple and point out the things to look out for.
  • With advice concerning all seasons, including forcing and help for planting, you can get some great rhubarb for pies or crumbles.
  • Countrywide team members can help you and offer advice when you’re growing rhubarb.
  • The guide also talks about remedies, pests and rot, and how to prevent and remedy them in your rhubarb.

Growing your own Rhubarb is really easy as long as you keep it well drained and in full sun. Rhubarb is a hardy perennial with large leaves and pink, red or greenish stalks used in British favourite desserts such as pies and crumbles. Stems are usually picked in spring, but plants can be covered with Rhubarb bells to produce an early crop of blanched stalks in late winter. The flavour of rhubarb varies in sweetness depending on the age of the stems.

Growing

Cover the ground with composted manure to prevent weeds, taking care to avoid burying the crown – as it will cause it to rot.

In March cover the area above the roots with 100g per sq m of general purpose fertiliser, such as Growmore, and during dry spells water regularly to keep it moist and growing actively until autumn.

Rhubarb is a hardy perennial with large leaves and pink, red or greenish stalks used in British favourite desserts such as pies and crumbles.
Rhubarb is a hardy perennial with large leaves and pink, red or greenish stalks used in British favourite desserts such as pies and crumbles.

In autumn, when the top growth dies back, remove dead leaves exposing the crown to frost - this will help break dormancy and ensure a good crop of stalks the following year.

If you want an earlier crop, you can force stems by covering the crown with a forcing jar, bucket or upturned pot in late winter, blocking out all light. Use bricks or stones to cover drainage holes in pots. Stems are ready for harvesting when they reach the top of the container and forced stems are lighter-coloured and more tender than those grown in the open, and generally ready a few weeks earlier.

Planting

Rhubarb hates being waterlogged over the winter so make sure you have an open and sunny site with moist, free-draining soil. Stems are susceptible to frost so protect them from frost and any areas that are prone to being a 'frost pocket'.

You can grow rhubarb from seed but it's more common to plant crowns between autumn and spring. To prepare the ground dig two bucketfuls of Farmyard Manure per square metre, then spread the roots out and plant so the tip of the crown is just visible above the soil.

Pot-grown rhubarb can be planted at any time, but will need plenty of water during dry spells. Space plants 75-90cm apart in rows 30cm apart.

Rhubarb can also be planted in large pots at least 50cm wide and deep. Pot-grown rhubarb can be planted at any time, but will need plenty of water during dry spells.

Harvesting

During the first year after planting do not harvest as this will reduce the vigour of your plants. The following year remove a few stems, and from then on up to a third or half, leaving enough to keep the plant in active growth. To remove stems hold the stalk at the base and ease it out of the ground, trying to avoid snapping it off. It is best to cease pulling by June – or only remove a few stalks after then– to avoid over cropping the plant.

Helpful information

Speak to a member of our team for more advice

Slugs & Snails

Slugs and snails feed on young seedlings and the slime trail will be obvious on the soil around your crop, as well as on the leaves.

Remedy

There are many ways to control slugs and snails, such as Slug Gone Wool Pellets, Eraza Slug and Snail Killer as well as traditional methods such as copper tape, beer traps and eggshell barriers.

Aphids

Colonies of greenfly on the soft shoot tips of plants or on leaves can suck sap and excrete sticky honeydew, encouraging the growth of black sooty moulds.

Remedy

Squash the colonies between your finger and thumb and use a suitable spray – speak to a member of our team for advice on the best one to use.

Crown Rot

A common problem caused by different soil or waterborne fungi or bacteria. Plants look sickly, fail to grow and rot at the crown. This can spread to stems and foliage and cause the plant to die.

Remedy

If you act promptly you may save the plant. Remove affected areas by cutting well back into healthy tissue.