Eight farm tenancies up for grabs in Cambridgeshire

Eight farm tenancies up for grabs in Cambridgeshire

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EIGHT farm tenancies are being offered to entrepreneurial people who want to start their own rural business in the Cambridgeshire countryside.

 

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The County Council’s Farms Estate, which runs more than 33,000 acres in the region, is offering eight holding ranging from arable units, starter holdings and diversification opportunities.

Successful applicants will be offered five-year farm business tenancies from October this year.

Anna Hicks, graduate surveyor at the authority, says it is a valuable opportunity for first-time farmers and those looking to progress to larger holdings.

She said: “Despite the current uncertainties in the agricultural sector, interest is anticipated to remain high.”

“We have a long track record of establishing new farming businesses on the estate, with 88 new entrants joining the estate since 2000.

Moving up

William Veal joined the estate in 2012 but has recently been successful in moving up the ladder to a larger holding.

He said: “I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take on a CCC 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 CCC for a 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.

An open viewing day will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 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.

Full details are available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/countyfarms or you can contact Anna on 01223 728190 or anna.hicks@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Oldfield Farm

NAME: Oldfield Farm
LOCATION: Landbeach, six miles north of Cambridge (CB25 9FQ)
DESCRIPTION: A ring-fenced holding comprising 489 acres of Grade 2 and Grade 3 lime-rich, clay soils. It has been put to wheat, barley and oilseed rape, supported by 500t of modern grain storage, plus three 100t silos. The farm also has a general purpose building and three-bedroom house.

Middle Farm

NAME: Middle Farm
LOCATION: Landbeach, six miles north of Cambridge (CB25 9FQ)
DESCRIPTON: With 294 acres of arable land and two buildings, Middle Farm has been growing oilseed rape, wheat, barley and sugar beet on Grade 2 and Grade 3 clay soils. The holding’s two sheds are used for implement storage and a workshop. There is a three-bedroom house.

NAME: Manor Farm
LOCATION: Girton, at the northern end of Cambridge (CB3 0RX)
DESCRIPTION: A smallholding of eight acres of Grade 3 permanent pasture with a three bedroom house. The farm is a single field with livestock fencing and a mature hedgeline. About an acre has been set aside for “environmental and ecological promotion”.

Dawsons Farm

NAME: Dawsons Farm
LOCATION: Warboys, 12 miles north-east of Huntingdon (PE28 2UE)
DESCRIPTION: Dawsons has about 261 acres of Grade 1 black clay soils, capable of growing root crops. It has produced wheat, peas and sugar beet. It includes four general purpose buildings – the largest of which is 14m by 8m with a 5m lean to on either side. A three-bedroom bungalow comes with the tenancy.

Marshalls Farm

NAME: Marshalls Farm
LOCATION: Farcet, four miles south of Peterborough (PE7 3DH)
DESCRIPTION: A 243-acre holding of predominantly peaty Grade 2 soils complete with a two-bedroom house and buildings. The incumbents have grown peas, wheat, sugar beet and potatoes. There are four general purpose buildings providing 624m2 of space, plus an open-fronted machinery shed.

NAME: Fen Bridge Farm
LOCATION:
Cottenham, eight miles north of Cambridge (CB24 8SW)
DESCRIPTION:
Described by Cambridgeshire County Council as a starter holding, the 89-acre farm incorporates two general purpose buildings and livestock pens. This holding is predominately arable but has been used for livestock in the past and recent cropping includes wheat and sugar beet. The tenancy includes a three-bedroom house.

Wolvey Holes Farm

NAME: Wolvey Holes Farm
LOCATION: Coveney, five miles west of Ely (CB6 2DQ)
DESCRIPTION: Wolvey Holes has an area of woodland offering diversification potential for its new tenants, plus root crop capable land. Its 148 acres are Grade 2 and have been growing oilseed rape, barley, beans and potatoes. There are two general purpose buildings and a three-bedroom bungalow.

Flaggrass Hill Farm

NAME: Flaggrass Hill Farm
LOCATION:
North-east fringe of March (PE15 0BY)
DESCRIPTION:
A starter holding of about 83 acres of Grade 1 clay with two buildings including 300t of grain storage. Wheat, oilseed rape, beans and sugar beet have been grown in the recent rotation but the land is capable of producing other root crops. There is a secondary shed being used as a machinery store and workshop, but no house is included in the tenancy.

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