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Forestry Commission offers more starter farm opportunities

The Forestry Commission is offering new entrants a chance to develop their businesses thanks to two new start-up farms available to tender.

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Successful applicants will, it is hoped, gain valuable experience in managing their own businesses on a small-scale, before moving on to larger operations at the end of their lease period.

 

The two new farm tenders are available in Woodfold, Huntly, and Gourdie, Dundee.

 

The Starter Farms initiative, introduced in 2012, has created five other tenancies to date and is part of a wider commitment to developing opportunities for new entrants in Scotland.

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Scottish Land and Estates, NFU Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and The Crown Estate are working together to help accelerate the number of new people going into agricultural and rural land-based businesses across the country.

 

The joint initiative will look at a broader range of opportunities than just traditional tenancies. It aims to match opportunity with demand and generate new ways to enter the sector.

 

Entrants must complete an application form and submit a business plan with a shortlist then being asked for interviews.

 

More information: For more on the application packs and closing dates, visit www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk

 


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Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a variety of core requirements:
  • Must have some agricultural experience but have no current permanent land holding
  • Can be related to an active farmer but their tenure at this opportunity must not be connected to any other business
  • Enthusiasm for and knowledge of the agricultural industry, and some awareness of the woodland sector
  • WHAT?
  • How the opportunity allows the development of a new farming unit
  • The foresight to identify and exploit new rural or land based enterprises and business opportunities
  • A sufficient understanding of financial and business management including cash flows, budgets and a rent tender
  • Evidence of sufficient capital for the venture
  • Applications from existing farm businesses will not be considered
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