Growing up on a 1200 acre mixed livestock and arable farm in Sussex, England, Lucy Carnaghan’s earliest memories of idyllic farm life shower her childhood. Leaving school having failed her AS Level exams disastrously, she decided to embark on a 2 year BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management at Plumpton College Agriculture Department.
Lucy describes this as one of the best decisions she could have made, having learnt so much and meeting many great friends along the way, including her now other half, Tom. After leaving Plumpton, they went their separate ways, Tom to work on property in Queensland, Australia, while Lucy went on to study a degree in Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.
Two years later, upon Tom’s return the couple began courting, and a year later when Lucy had graduated she returned to Sussex to be with him. Obtaining a job at Batcheller Monkhouse within their Rural Asset Management department in the Tunbridge Wells office where she stayed for nearly six years. Lucy learnt a huge amount and met some great people within the agricultural world along the way.
In 2014, she left Batcheller Monkouse to set up her own photography business Lucy Carnaghan Photography, but also working alongside Tom to build up their own farming enterprise. Lucy picked up short term contracts with rural projects including Sussex Young Farmers Club, and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty unit in Sussex, working a restocking programme.
Lucy and Tom now live on his family farm in East Sussex, and also keep their own flock of 350 Suffolk x Texel breeding ewes, kept at various tenanted holdings around the county. With their fingers in many pies, they also have their own Muckaways Manure Removal business, removing muck from horse yards as well as some contracting work.
As their farming business grows from strength to strength, so does their family, with a daughter who is almost two, and another baby due at the end of the year, Lucy is looking forward to continuing her farming legacy.
The primary industries are so great to be a part of as you can be involved in so many different aspects and it sounds like you are doing just that. Keep up doing what you are doing. You are nailing it!