Jeremy Clarkson's lack of knowledge 'dangerous' on Clarkson's Farm

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Jeremy Clarkson’s co-star has said the TV host has not got any better at farming in the months since he launched Clarkson’s Farm. 

Kaleb Cooper, from Chipping Norton, appears in all eight episodes of Prime Video series Clarkson’s Farm, which follows the Top Gear host as he attempts to run a farm.

Clarkson had no farming experience ahead of opening Diddly Squat farm in the Cotswolds, and Kaleb said he doesn’t think the presenter hasn’t got any better at the job.

The 24-year-old, who has worked in the industry since he was a schoolboy, appeared on This Morning today where he said Clarkson has ‘very little knowledge and that is very dangerous’.

Kaleb’s appearance comes days after Jeremy’s war against the ‘red trouser brigade’ rumbled on after furious council bosses accused him of ‘ignoring’ their orders and continuing to operate the ‘unlawful’ cafe and restaurant on his Diddly Squat Farm. 

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Kaleb Cooper, from Chipping Norton, appears in all eight episodes of Prime Video series Clarkson's Farm, which follows Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm

Kaleb Cooper, from Chipping Norton, appears in all eight episodes of Prime Video series Clarkson’s Farm, which follows Jeremy Clarkson as he attempts to run a farm

Speaking on This Morning, Kaleb was asked about his nomination in the National Television Awards.

He is nominated in the ‘expert’ category, which puts him up against Sir David Attenborough and Money Saving Expert founder Martin Lewis.

Kaleb said he was told about his NTA nomination by the production team at Clarkson’s Farm, adding: ‘I went on the phone and got it up and then I saw I was nominated next to David Attenborough.’

The young farmer shot to fame after teaching Clarkson how to use a tractor on the Prime Video show, and he now has 1.1 million followers on Instagram.

Kaleb is writing a book called ‘The World According to Kaleb’, which will likely discuss his experiences with both farming and Clarkson.

However, he told This Morning he has never even read a book.

Clarkson had no farming experience ahead of opening Diddly Squat farm in the Cotswolds, and Kaleb said he hasn't got any better at the job

Clarkson had no farming experience ahead of opening Diddly Squat farm in the Cotswolds, and Kaleb said he hasn’t got any better at the job

The young farmer shot to fame after teaching Clarkson how to use a tractor on the Prime Video show, and he now has 1.1 million followers on Instagram

The young farmer shot to fame after teaching Clarkson how to use a tractor on the Prime Video show, and he now has 1.1 million followers on Instagram

‘I was like how hard could it be, I’ll write one,’ Kaleb said. 

‘While I was in the tractor I had this little recorder… I just recorded the things that I thought would be funny and what I found funny to myself.

‘I got back up at the end of the week, wrote it all up and it went from there.’

Kaleb said the book is 12 chapters long, describing them all as ‘funny chapters’.

The young farmer went on to say he has been farming since the age of 13, so this is not a job for him but a ‘way of life’. 

Diddly Squat has become world famous after featuring in the Amazon Prime series Clarkson’s Farm, which charts the agri-disasters that befall the celebrity farmer. 

An enforcement notice by West Oxfordshire District Council (WODC), published on August 11, told the presenter he had six weeks to make a number of changes to the Chadlington site, which features in his hit Amazon Prime series, Clarkson’s Farm.

This included ceasing use of any part of the land as a restaurant or cafe, and the general ‘sale or provision of food or drinks to members of the public for consumption on the land’.

The 24-year-old, who has worked in the industry since he was a schoolboy, said Clarkson has'very little knowledge and that is very dangerous'

The 24-year-old, who has worked in the industry since he was a schoolboy, said Clarkson has ‘very little knowledge and that is very dangerous’

The local authority also said the former Top Gear host should remove all portable toilets and all tables that would be used by diners, as well as ‘landscaping materials’.

It described an ‘unlawful’ use of the farm and said its ‘nature, scale and siting is unsustainable and incompatible with its countryside location within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

Furthermore, the town hall has banned the sale of products, except those that are made on the farm, those made within a 16-mile radius of it, or others that the council has allowed.

Mr Clarkson’s restaurant had only just opened earlier this summer after months of wrangling, claiming a ‘delightful little loophole’ had allowed him to circumvent traditional planning laws.

The outspoken television star had previously blasted locals who ‘wear red trousers’ for objecting the lofty development plans for his successful Diddly Squat enterprise.

Agents working on behalf of Mr Clarkson, 62, and the farm have denied any breach of planning laws and are appealing the order, describing the council’s demands as ‘excessive’ in documents sent last month.

The council hit back today with a strongly-worded statement, slamming the presenter for not following its orders. 

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