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Applying for a county farm

As farms become available for re-letting they are advertised in the Western Morning News (farming section) on a Wednesday and on this page.  A letter is also sent to those on the mailing list informing them about the opportunity that has arisen.

The County Farms Service does not hold a waiting list but retains details of interested parties on a mailing list so prospective applicants can be informed without having to rely on seeing the advert in the press.


We require an application to be considered as a tenant to be made to ensure that you fit the requirements to take a farm should one become available, i.e. having sufficient experience and capital.

When county farms become available they will be advertised on this page with details of how to obtain letting particulars. The amount of county farms that are re-let varies from year to year but generally the Council re-lets three to seven farms a year.

Generally county farms are re-let in September and March but they can become available any time throughout the year and so we advise you to check this page regularly.

When applying for a County Farm there are a few stages to go through but the end result of renting a County Farm is worth it:

  • Apply for letting particulars
  • Attend view day
  • Submit tender, CV and business plan (which should include an outline of the proposed business and budgets to demonstrate it's viability and an indication of future development)
  • A shortlist is created by the Tenant Selection Panel and Land Agents who study each tender.
  • A visit to the perspective tenants is made by the Land Agent, existing holdings inspected and financial and personal references taken up.
  • Interviews are undertake by the members of the Tenant Selection Panel and the Land Agents.

The farm will then be offered for a fixed amount of time, dependant on the farm classification:

  • Part time starter units - 7 years
  • Full time starter units - 10 years
  • Promotional holdings - a maximum of 20 years

Cornwall Council will consider the following in assessing tenders received and in coming to a decision on both applicants short listed and selected for the holding:

  • Rent – 30%
  • Technical ability – 30%
  • Finances – 30%
  • Entrepreneurial flair – 5%
  • Professionalism – 5%

County Farms Service

Property Services
Pydar House, 3rd Floor
Pydar Street

01872 322162