Jeremy Clarkson forced to contemplate 'heartbreaking' decision to sell Diddly Squat after 'disasters' on farm

Jeremy Clarkson forced to contemplate 'heartbreaking' decision to sell Diddly Squat after 'disasters' on farm

Jeremy Clarkson's partner Lisa Hogan shows off the new car park built at Diddly Squat

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 02/10/2023

- 13:25

Could Clarkson's Farm fans be deprived of future updates from Diddly Squat soon?

Jeremy Clarkson has addressed the possibility of shutting up shop and selling his Chipping Norton farm for good.

Based in the Oxfordshire village of Chadlington, Amazon Prime Video viewers have been able to keep up to date with the Grand Tour host's foray into farming thanks to Clarkson's Farm.

But while they've seen firsthand the highlights, laughs, and heartwarming moments that arise from farming, Clarkson has also fallen victim to a number of "disasters".

From making a measly £144 from his entire first year of farming to wars with the local council over building rows, Clarkson has been vocal in the challenges he's faced.

Earlier this year, he also faced the bizarre incident where bottles of his Hawkstone lager threatened to "explode" following an error and now he's revealed the barley grown this year has failed the tests needed to be able to make fresh batches of the beverage.

Plus thanks to the adverse weather of this past summer, his wheat has rendered unfavourable results, meaning Clarkson faces yet another blow to his profit-making hopes.

Diddly Squat Farm

Jeremy and Lisa Hogan run Diddly Squat Farm in Oxfordshire


Despite filming for the upcoming third season of Clarkson's Farm still underway - with a fourth reported to also be in the pipeline - Clarkson has now admitted he faces an impossible decision.

Clarkson has opened up about potentially selling Diddly Squat, writing in his Sunday Times column: "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," Clarkson mused before specifically addressing the idea of putting it on the market.

He wrote: "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.

"This means I have to hang on to it, but what then? Do nothing? That would be heartbreaking," he admitted.

Clarkson's Farm fans will undoubtedly be hoping he keeps the farm given the success of the show and the household names it has made of the likes of Kaleb Cooper, Charlie Ireland, Gerald Cooper and so on.

But with Clarkson at his wits' end with it all, they may be set for a devastating update in the near-future if there isn't an uptick in fortunes for the former Top Gear star.

Jeremy Clarkson and Kaleb Cooper

Jeremy Clarkson stars in Clarkson's Farm with Kaleb Cooper


He isn't the only member of the Diddly Squat family to have face turmoil of late, however.

His righthand man Cooper recently took to Instagram to reveal the dairy cows he owns away from Diddly Squat faced a nervous wait after being TB tested following the news he had three reactors among the herd.

Luckily, Cooper revealed all his cattle had emerged negative, finally providing some positive news for for the Chipping Norton farmers.

Clarkson has also been keeping himself busy away from Diddly Squat after reuniting with James May and Richard Hammond to film a new The Grand Tour special.

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