THE OWNER of the Rhug Estate has spoken about what he hopes the business can achieve during 2019.

Lord Newborough says he is "excited" about the new diversification project they are currently working on at the estate near Corwen which could soon produce a range of organic cosmetics.

"Hopefully by the beginning of 2020 we will be launching Rhug Organic Cosmetics and Spa range," he said.

"Although this project is in its early stages, I’m pleased with the progress being made to capture the essence and provenance of Rhug with a newly assembled and expanding team."

Lord Newborough added that, on the farm itself, the business will be looking to increase their herd of Japanese Sika Deer.

"The feedback we’ve received from chefs for our venison has been very positive," he added.

"We will also continue to expand our markets for organic chicken eggs and endeavour to improve the service we provide in all aspects of our business, whilst continuing to listen to our customers’ needs.

Lord Newborough added that he also hopes Rhug "can reach new markets" for its wholesale business into the Maldives, Denmark and Sweden.

"When the going gets tough the tough get going and that’s what we intend to do," he said.

"I am concerned about what lies ahead for small businesses like ours. In my heart I hope Brexit never happens. It is my New Year wish that the UK doesn’t leave the European Union. I’m expecting it to be tough and turbulent for everyone both in the home market and exports."

During 2018, Rhug Estate enjoyed great success, claiming prizes at the Great Taste Awards, Farm Shop & Deli Awards and the Rural Business Awards to name just a few.

They also launched the UK's very first on-farm drive-thru in August.