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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 99 holdings. 

Glyn Crest Farm, Scorrier, Redruth - Dairy Farm to Let

The Council Farms Service intends to relet the following holding from 1 April 2021.

75.57 hectares (186.73 acres) fully equipped holding together with modern buildings for 250 plus cows, 20:40 herringbone parlour and 3-bedroom farm bungalow.

The particulars for this farm will be available shortly and can be obtained free of charge by emailing

Alternatively you can request a copy of the particulars by post at a cost of £15 each. Please make cheques payable to ‘Cornwall Council' and send to:

County Farms Service
Pydar House
Pydar Street
TR1 1XU 

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.

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