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Cambridgeshire County Council offers four farm tenancies

Four county council farm tenancies up for grabs in Cambridge.


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Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for four new tenants to farm its holdings from October 2016
Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for four new tenants to farm its holdings from October 2016

 

Cambridgeshire county council is looking for four new tenants to farm their holdings from October this year.

 

Under its selection criteria, the council states it is looking for young farmers aged between 23 and 40, who are keen, enterprising, adaptable and hard-working individuals, who have had about five years’ full-time practical farm work, which can include up to three years’ attendance at a full-time course in agriculture.

 

New entrants and existing farmers wishing to progress onto a larger unit are being encouraged to apply for the varied holdings which contribute to the 13,300 hectares (33,000 acres) the county council owns.

 

 


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The tenancies include

  • Ransonmoor II Farm, near March, comprising a single block of fertile root growing land totalling 116ha (287 acres), including ranges of buildings and a modern three-bedroom bungalow
  • Plantation Farm, near Ramsey, totalling 79ha (197 acres) of fen soils with a range of buildings and a three-bedroom bungalow
  • Longfield Farm, on the edge of Cambridge, extending to 57ha (141 acres) of combinable land with the option of a three-bedroom farmhouse
  • Stonebridge Farm, near March, is a 3ha (seven-acre) holding, offering an opportunity to create a range of rural enterprises

Robbie Dean, a 2014 applicant, says: “Gaining the tenancy of a county council holding has allowed me to fulfil a long-held ambition to start farming in my own right.

 

So far, it has been very hard work, but I have enjoyed the challenge and I would urge anyone who wants to start farming, or to take their farming business to the next level, to apply.”

 

The council is holding an open viewing day on February 12, with business plans from applicants due by March 4.

 

Full details are available at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/countyfarms

 

For further information, contact Edward Tabner, principal surveyor for Cambridgeshire County Council, on 01223 729 165.

 


Selection criteria

  • Applicants should be able to show they have gained sufficient experience in the type of farming or enterprise for which they are applying
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate five years’ full-time practical farm work, which may include up to three years’ attendance at a full-time course in agriculture
  • Where the holding is small and the main enterprise proposed is non-agricultural, the applicant should be able to show sufficient experience in the proposed enterprise
  • Applicants should normally be able to show they have undertaken some formal training in the enterprise they propose to undertake and, other things being equal, preference will be given to these candidates. However, applicants should not be refused on these grounds alone if similar training and experience has been obtained in other ways
  • Evidence of sufficient financial support to enable the proposed business to be established
  • The preferred age group is 23-40, although applicants will not be immediately rejected where they fall outside this range. In particular, younger applicants may be suitable for part-time units, while applicants aged above this range may have the knowledge and experience to establish specialist agricultural, horticultural or non-agricultural enterprises
  • Applications from people who are already established farmers in their own right and who intend to run the county farm as an extension to their existing business will not be considered
  • Applicants who can demonstrate direct employment generation potential from their proposed business enterprise will have an enhanced likelihood of success

 

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