As Clarkson’s Farm gears up for its third season on Amazon Prime Video in the new year, we have taken a look back at the biggest stories that came out of Diddly Squat Farm this year.

The farm is based in Chipping Norton Road in Chadlington and has been a popular destination for fans of Jeremy Clarkson and his companion Kaleb Cooper. 

The year started with season two of the show being released on February 10 and it became the most-watched Prime Video original series in the UK.

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However, following the show West Oxfordshire District Council hit back at Jeremy Clarkson saying Diddly Squat Farm must be treated like any other after planning rows in the show.

The council branded the show as “misleading” following scenes of the planning committee rejecting proposals for a restaurant and new farm track at the farm in Chadlington.

The former Top Gear star especially clashed with the council on plans for a car park after traffic chaos was caused in Chipping Norton due to the popularity of the show.

Cotswold Journal: Jeremy Clarkson in Chadlington Jeremy Clarkson in Chadlington The farm shop reopened after a winter closure just after the release of season two and this saw hordes of fans visiting the farm with parking at the site quickly filling up with customers, who were facing waits of up to two and half hours to wander around the shop.

However, with more shoppers coming to the farm than parking available many left their vehicles on the main road despite Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council issuing statements asking visitors not to park on A361.

The Clarkson’s Farm presenter battled with West Oxfordshire District Council for months over the proposed new parking and in June the plans were approved in a rare win for the star.

Diddly Squat Farm products continued to grow in demand with merchandise being sold online, in shops and even in hotels.

This included his Hawkstone cider. However, in July Mr Clarkson issued a frantic warning to customers after fears emerged that a batch of his cider bottles could explode.

The farm has told people to dispose of any of their cider bottles if the cap had the code L3160.

The explosion risk was supposedly caused by over-fermentation.

Another disaster struck in August, as shoplifters made off with £80 worth of goods from the farm shop.

One man went to the till and bought £69 worth of goods, while the other stole two bottles of alcohol and another unknown item, worth around £80.

Mr Clarkson posted CCTV footage of the theft to his 6.7 million followers on Instagram, with the footage appearing to show a man putting an item into his jacket pocket as Thames Valley Police launched an investigation.

Cotswold Journal: Queues at Diddly Squat Farm Queues at Diddly Squat Farm Writing in his Sunday Times columns, Mr Clarkson revealed in October he contemplated putting the farm on the market after a series of "disasters".

The former Top Gear presenter admitted the potential sale after struggling with problems such as failed crops and adverse weather conditions making it hard to turn over a profit.

In the farm’s first year, he made just £114 but that would be a dream result when this year's figures come in.

This past summer, the adverse weather has meant his wheat has resulted in poor yields, meaning the farm faces a year of low profit-making.

Fans can expect more drama when the third season of Clarkson's Farm arrives next year and Amazon recently greenlit a fourth season of the hit show.

Cotswold Journal: Diddly Squat Farm Shop in Chadlington Diddly Squat Farm Shop in Chadlington Fozia Khan, Amazon Studios’ head of unscripted in the UK, said the producer called Expectation was about to begin shooting season four “very soon”. 

There is no release date for the third season yet but back in February, Mr Clarkson said his "rough guess" was that the show would return 18 months from then.