Farming in Cornwall

County Farms Service

The County Farms Service manages the county farms estate and provides advice to the Council on agricultural matters. 

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The Council first acquired agricultural property in 1908 to create smallholdings.  Today the Council owns around 4525.4ha (11,182.5 acres) used for the present County Farms Service made up of 104 holdings. 

In the beginning...

Following the introduction of the Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, the Council purchased 3,000 acres by 1914. By 1926 the Council had purchased 11,000 acres purchased.

Agriculture Act 1947

  • Retain rural workforce
  • Create the farming ladder

Agriculture Act 1970

  • Reorganise and modernise
  • A gateway into farming
  • Contributing to sustainable agriculture
  • Improving social, environmental and economic wellbeing