Tenants sought for four Norfolk County Council farms

One of the farms up for grabs is Fen Farm, located in Hilgay (Photo: Joe Casey Photography)
One of the farms up for grabs is Fen Farm, located in Hilgay (Photo: Joe Casey Photography)

Tenants are being sought to take on four Norfolk farms as 465 acres of Norfolk County Council’s 16,900-acre County Farms portfolio is available to let.

Two of the farms are located near Hilgay and Southery in the west of the county, and two near Mautby in the east.

Land at the two farms in the west is currently under arable rotation and there are no restrictions on the farms’ use.

With the two farms near Mautby, applications will only be accepted for Paston Farm that are wholly or predominantly livestock based, and for Upper Wood Farm that aim to establish a care farm enterprise. Three of the farms also include a range of farm buildings.

Cllr Barry Stone, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Business and Property Committee, said: “These farms present opportunities for people at all stages of their farming career and reinforce Norfolk County Council’s commitment to sustain and create rural employment throughout the county.

“We are particularly excited at the prospect of adding a third care farm to the County Farms estate, which already has two farms that use farming practices very successfully to provide therapeutic services.”

Duncan Slade, County Farms Manager, said there is often 'intense competition' for a farm tenancy as not many are available.

“It’s important that applicants consider the tenant selection criteria carefully to give themselves the best chance of being successful. Potential tenants need to have a robust business plan while demonstrating that they are capable and the best able to take on the farm and make it work,” he said.

Norfolk County Council’s County Farms estate currently extends to more than 16,900 acres of farmland across the county of Norfolk. It is the third largest county farms estate in the UK behind Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Further particulars for each farm, application details and information about the training course can be found here. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 14 March 2019.