Friday, 10 January 2014

New Year-New You - Cultivate A Future On Our County Farms Estate

See opportunities to become a tenant farmer in Cambridgeshire - Brian Abblitt at Morleys Farm, Warboys says his is one of the best we have on offer.



Prospective farmers are being given the chance to grow their career by becoming tenants on Cambridgeshire County Council’s Farm Estates.

Last year the Estate gave ten new tenants the opportunity to start their own rural businesses and now there’s the chance for others to follow in their footsteps with further opportunities available for 2014.

With 13,400 hectares and 216 tenants, the estate is the largest of its kind in the country – providing one of the few opportunities for new tenants to take their first step on the farming ladder.

Prospective tenants are invited to apply for five holdings available from October 2014. Morleys Farm, Warboys comprises 133ha, two houses and buildings and could be let as two separate farms depending on demand. Red House Farm, March has 67ha, bungalow and buildings. Crowhall Farm, Burwell comprises 55ha, house and buildings. New Farm, Rampton has 56ha with house and buildings and Glebe Farm, Lode is a 33ha holding with land only and no house or buildings.

A View Day is being held on Tuesday 11th February and the deadline for applications is Friday 28th February. A free training day, which applicants are encouraged to attend, will be held on Saturday, 15 February. For full details, please visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/countyfarms or join the Cambridgeshire County Farms Facebook group.

In October 2013 Matthew Elliott moved to Betty’s Nose Farm, Benwick, Allen Giles took over at Needham Farm, Elm, William Lloret Jones moved to Church Farm, Stow cum Quy, Tom Mead took over Lynchets Farm, Gt Chishill, Charles Robinson moved to Rowells Farm, Warboys, Alwyn Sweeney has moved to Alley Farm, Wisbech, Robin Truss moved to Kings Farm, Horningsea, Nick Turner took over at Selwyn Lodge Farm, Guyhirn, William Veal took over at Flaggrass Hill Farm, March and Simon Wilcox has moved to Marshalls Farm, Farcet.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Steve Count added “Creating jobs and promoting growth in the rural economy is important and the County Council is delighted to be able to give these new tenants a chance to build a career in the countryside where their experience, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial ability should ensure they succeed. The chance to develop a farming business is an increasingly rare opportunity and the competition for new tenancies on the Cambridgeshire Estate is always fierce, attracting very high quality applicants from around the country.”