Ditcheat is a Somerset village that has evolved over the centuries, none more than in the last 50 years, where there were 20 independent farms milking cows and five were making farmhouse cheese on substantial scale using additional milk from local producers. Prior to this every farm would have been making cheese often by the farmer's wife in a dairy which was part of the farmhouse. Mechanised agriculture and the pressure for lower production costs has seen consolidation of farming units where Ditcheat is home to Maryland Farm, visit their web site and learn of six generations farming in Ditcheat.
Ditcheat has become a familiar name in the media and from "Google" searches as it is the home of Paul Nicholls Racing including Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, See More Business, Kauto Star and Denman. Visit Paul Nicholls website
Ditcheat has developed successfully in commerce, and with much less housing development than most villages, Ditcheat still retains a substantial area of traditional cider orchards, the fruit goes to make Orchard Pig Cider.
Government is enabling local people to influence how their communities develop. In order to use this empowerment it is important to have a properly researched and developed Parish Plan. A Parish Plan Steering Group was formed 28th February 2011, and will launch "The Parish Plan" on Saturday 23rd July. Please come back to this site regularly to follow the progress of the Plan and learn more about Ditcheat, past present and future.