Business and Economy

County Council seeks enthusiastic aspiring tenant farmer for Holsworthy farm

Merryfield Farm, Holsworthy

Posted on: 19 October 2019

Aspiring farmers are invited to explore the opportunity of becoming Devon County Council’s next farm tenant, at Holsworthy this month.

Merryfield Farm is a 73.30 acre residential mixed livestock holding, with a 4 bedroom farmhouse and range of out buildings. Full details about the farm are available to download online

The farm is to be let from 25 March 2020 on an initial seven year Farm Business Tenancy.

Viewing is on Monday 28 October at 10am prompt.  Applications to be received no later than 5pm on Friday 15 November, with interviews scheduled to talk place on Monday 25 November.

Cllr Richard Edgell, Chair of Devon County Council’s Farms Estate Committee, said:

“Our thriving County Farms Estate is all about providing people with the opportunity to get into the farming industry.

“I encourage anyone looking to get onto the first rung of the farming ladder to come along to this open day and find out more about becoming one of our tenant farmers.”

Devon County Council’s Farms Estate currently comprises 65 fully equipped residential dairy and mixed livestock farms categorised into starter and progression units ranging from 37 to 301 acres.

It’s managed by NPS South West, a joint venture company set up to provide property services to Devon County Council.

They have produced a new ‘Guide to being a Devon County Council Farm Tenant’ to help potential and successful applicants understand what is involved from the application process, to taking on the tenancy and progressing to bigger holdings. It also includes case studies of previous successful tenants.

Land agents from NPS will be available at the viewing day to provide information and answer any questions as well as supply application forms.  Following the viewing day, potential tenants are required to submit a formal application and detailed business plan, which should include a minimum two-year cash flow and budget forecast.

Once shortlisted, NPS land agents visit candidates to discuss their business plan in more detail and prepare them for the types of questions that might come up at their interview.

The Farms Estate Committee Chairman and Vice-Chair conduct the interviews along with one other member of the committee on a rota basis and decide who will be awarded the tenancy. The committee’s ‘Tenants Representative’ will also be there along with the NPS land agents to facilitate the interviews.

More information about Devon County Council’s Farms Estate can be found here:

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