Farmers wanted

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Farms Estate has ten farms available to let from October 2013, providing opportunities for new tenants to set up their own rural businesses.

With 13,500 hectares and 250 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 or set up a rural business.

Cambridgeshire County Council is encouraging people this New Year to think of making a change and look at what the authority has to offer. Farms Estate officers will be more than happy to talk to people looking to become a new tenant.

Last year six holdings were let to new tenants, seeing a great deal of interest and competition for tenancies.

Councillor Steve Count said: “The County Council is delighted to be able to give new tenants a chance to build a career in the countryside. The chance to develop a farming business is an increasingly rare opportunity which we are delighted to be involved in. The competition for new tenancies on the Cambridgeshire Estate is always fierce, ensuring we attract very high quality applicants from around the country. The County Council is committed to helping support new businesses, encouraging enterprise and the growth of the local economy.”

If you are interested in joining the estate, prospective tenants are invited to apply for ten holdings available from October 2013:

* Marshalls Farm, Farcet

* Church Farm, Stow cum Quy

* Alley Farm, Wisbech St Mary

* Selwyn Lodge Farm, Wisbech

* Rowells Farm, Warboys

* Bettys Nose Farm, Benwick

* Kings Farm, Horningsea

* Vector Farm, Elm

* Needham Farm, Elm

* Flaggrass Hill Farm, March

View days are being held on 5th and 7th February 2013 and the deadline for applications is 22nd February 2013. For full details for each farm, please visit Farms Estates - farms to let or join the Cambridgeshire County Farms Facebook group.