The Estate, which currently looks after 33,000 acres of Cambridgeshire countryside and has helped hundreds start their own rural business, is looking for seven new tenants from October 2017. In the last 16 years some 88 new entrants has joined the estate.
William Veal joined the estate in 2012 but has recently been successful in moving up the ladder to a larger holding said: "I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take on a Cambridgeshire County Council Starter Holding in 2012. The council employees were in contact with me during the process and I felt able to contact them at any point if I needed advice relating to the tenancy. I have now taken on a full-time holding and both Camilla are I are excited by this opportunity and are busy planning how we are going to develop the farm in the coming months and years. I would encourage anyone who is thinking of applying to for a Council holding to go for it - if you are prepared to work hard and commit to it then you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain".
The farms to let from October 2017 are:
Oldfield Farm, Landbeach totals 198.226 hectares (489.81 acres) or thereabouts of lime-rich loam and clay soils together with a house and buildings.
Middle Farm, Landbeach comprises 119.333 hectares (294.90 acres) or thereabouts of lime-rich loam and clay soils together with a house and buildings.
Dawsons Farm, Warboys totals 105.77 hectares (261.35 acres) or thereabouts of predominantly black clay loam soil together with bungalow and buildings.
Marshalls Farm, Farcet comprises 98.36 hectares (243.05 acres) or thereabouts of predominantly peaty loam soil together with house and buildings.
Fen Bridge Farm, Cottenham is made up of 36.237 hectares (89.55 acres) or thereabouts of loam over clay soils together with a house and buildings.
Flaggrass Hill Farm, March consists of 33. 67 hectares (83.12 acres) of predominately clay loam soil together with buildings and yard.
Manor Farm, Girton comprises 3.567 hectares (8.82 acres) or thereabouts of permanent pasture together with a residential dwelling.
These holdings provide a valuable opportunity for interested parties either to take their first steps on the farming ladder or to progress onto larger farms.
The Estate is holding an open viewing day on Wednesday 15 February 2017, with business plans from applicants due by Friday 10 March 2017. Full details are available on the Council's website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/countyfarms. Despite a tough economic climate in the agricultural sector at present interest is anticipated to remain high.
For further information please contact Anna Hicks, Graduate Surveyor (Rural) for Cambridgeshire County Council on 01223 728190 or [email protected]