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Applying for a county farm

Where we advertise 

We publish details of county farms to let on this page. We also advertise our farms in the Farming section of the Wednesday edition of the Western Morning News. If you have registered on our mailing list we will write to let you know that a farm is being advertised.


We re-let between three to seven farms each year.  Most county farms are re-let in September or March but they can become available at any time throughout the year so we recommend you check this page regularly.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list you will need to complete an application to be considered as a tenant. The mailing list is not a waiting list; it’s a list of prospective applicants who we contact when a farm becomes available. 

Land at Tresasic, near Newquay Airport

20 hectares of land is available to let from 1st March 2015 until the 29th September 2016.  The land can only be used for the growing of a corn crop. To request the letting particulars, please email: countyfarms@cornwall.gov.uk Please note that the tenders need to be returned to us by Friday 27th February 2015

Dairy Farm to Let: Trerice No 7, St Newlyn East, Newquay

Trerice No 7 will be let for a fixed term of up to 10 and half years with a break clause in the fifth year from 29 September 2015.  The farm will be let as a 76.13 acre (30.809 ha) dairy holding with a detached farmhouse. There are a range of farm buildings suitable for dairy farming with dairy cow accommodation for 114 plus young stock housing.

The particulars for Trerice No 7 are available free of charge by emailing countyfarms@cornwall.gov.uk or if you would like to be posted a copy they are available at a cost of £5 each (please make cheques payable to ‘Cornwall Council’), from:

The Principal Land Agent, County Farms Service, Carrick House, Pydar Street, Truro, TR1 1EB.   Particulars must be requested by Friday 27th February 2015.   

If you wish to apply for a county farm you should read the particulars and attend a view day before making your application. 

  • Submit a tender, your 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)
  • The Tenant Selection Panel and Land Agents study all tenders received from which a shortlist of applicants are selected.
  • The Land Agent visits prospective tenants to inspect existing holdings.
  • Financial and personal reference are taken up. 
  • Interviews are undertake by the members of the Tenant Selection Panel and the Land Agents.

Applications are considered giving weight to the following criteria: 

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

When the successful applicant has been selected, the farm will 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

County Farms Service

Estates Delivery
Carrick House,
Room A3.02, 3rd Floor
Pydar Street

01872 322162