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. We are improving the landscape and protecting and enhancing 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 a fully equipped farm holding to let from October 2020:

Bedford's Barn Farm and Crowtree Farm, Farcet (near Peterborough)

161.971 hectares including a four bedroom house, sets of buildings and arable land.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 29 June 2020.

Application documentation

Estate_Policy_and_Objectives
Size: 78KBFile format: pdf
Example farm business tenancy
Size: 365KBFile format: pdf
Tenant selection criteria
Size: 178KBFile format: pdf
Farms Application Form 2020
Size: 111KBFile format: word

Rural health and safety

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

Newsletters

Lady Day 2020
Size: 3.49MBFile 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.