Rural business opportunities

About Cambridgeshire's County Farms Estate

Cambridgeshire's Farms Estate comprises 13,200ha and has around 200 tenants. In England and Wales there are over 3,100 tenants on 111,000ha of local authority land. The Cambridgeshire estate is the largest.

The estate provides significant financial returns for the council. It generates over £5 million in rent each year. More than £50 million has been raised through the sale of surplus property since 1993. The money raised pays for council services and helps keep council tax low.

The estate remains important as the first rung on the ladder for new entrants to farming and other rural based enterprises. We have had over 100 new entrants to the estate since 2000.

The estate encourages public access to the countryside. We have introduced miles of new permissive bridleways and footpaths, along with 147ha of woodland and new / refurbished hedges. This is to improve the landscape, and protect and enhance the biodiversity and archaeology.

The estate supports many jobs and provides opportunities for new starters in rural Cambridgeshire.

Applying for a rural holding to let

We have one farm holding to let from October 2020:

Herods Farm, Foxton

21.111 hectares of arable land with a general purpose building.
Application deadline - 6 March 2020, 5pm.

Herods Farm Particulars pdf
Size: 1.51MBFile format: pdf

Application documentation

Estate_Policy_and_Objectives
Size: 78KBFile format: pdf
Revised_example_FBT
Size: 168KBFile format: pdf
Selection_criteria
Size: 11KBFile format: pdf
Farms Application Form 2020
Size: 111KBFile format: word
Budget Workbook- Herods Farm
Size: 325KBFile format: excel

Rural health and safety

2019 Farms Fire Safety Leaflet
Size: 1.43MBFile format: pdf
Farm Fire Safety Checklist
Size: 18KBFile format: word

Newsletters

Michaelmas 2019
Newsletter for tenants of Cambridgeshire County Farms Estate.
Size: 2.44MBFile format: pdf

Contact

If you have any questions or would like to discuss future opportunities, please get in touch by emailing Christopher.Helps@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or keep an eye on our Cambridgeshire County Farm Facebook page.