Wildlife is set to reap rewards at Dowthwaite Head farm


A historic Lake District farm is to be returned to its former glory after being saved by a multi-millionaire couple.

In the latest example of moneyed out-of-towners buying up farmland to preserve its traditional way of life, Martin Pinfold, 67, a food scientist, and his wife Katharine, 62, a chartered accountant, bought the prized Dowthwaite Head farm at auction.

The couple from Staffordshire, who made their money producing food flavourings for ice cream and sports drinks, have also bought a further 120 acres of farmland in the national park after an ecologist struggled to raise the £695,000 auction guide price to ensure it was protected as a vital nesting ground for wading birds.

The move has echoes of Beatrix Potter’s purchase of farms across the


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