Five county farms are looking for new entrepreneurial and enthusiastic tenants as part of the County Council’s re-letting programme which opens to tender today.
More than 995 acres of the council’s 33,000 acres estate – the largest of its kind in England and Wales – are up for grabs and ranging from bare land to root cropping operations.
Successful applicants, including
Kate Barlow, Principal Surveyor at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “This is a valuable opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic first-time farmers to get onto the farming ladder, and those looking to progress to larger holdings.
“Last year we received a lot of interest in the four holdings that were available and the standard of applicants was very high.”
“We anticipate that interest will remain high this year despite current uncertainties in the agricultural sector and Brexit.”
One of the success stories from 2018 was Nick Kiddy, who tendered
The farms will be available to view on 13 February and prospective tenants will be required to provide a business plan as part of their application to be submitted by 8 March with interviews taking place on 18 and 20 March.
Tenancies will start in October for five years.
Full details about the farms, and the application
The five county farms available this year are:
NAME: Larkhall & Block Farm
DESCRIPTION: A bar land holding approximately 114 acres with a mixture of
NAME: Manor Farm
DESCRIPTION: An equipped holding comprising 244 acres of predominately silt clay loam soil. Cropping over the last few years includes wheat, sugar beet, rape and potatoes. The holding has general purpose buildings and a three- bedroom bungalow.
NAME: Red House Farm
NAME: Somerset Farm
NAME: Well End Farm
DESCRIPTION: 92 acres of predominately silty clay loam soil together with a yard general purpose building and a three-bedroom bungalow.