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Farming in Cornwall

Council Farms Service

The Council Farms Service manages the council 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 4370.60 hectares (10,800 acres) used for the present Council Farms Service made up of 91 holdings. 

Lowertown Farm, Landrake, Saltash

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

43.144 hectares (106.61 acres) equipped holding together with modern farm buildings and a 3-bedroom farm bungalow.

The particulars for these farms will be available shortly and can be obtained free of charge by emailing countyfarms@cornwall.gov.uk. Alternatively a copy of the particulars can be posted at a cost of £15 each (please make cheques payable to ‘Cornwall Council’).

Please post your cheque to:

Council Farms Service
New County Hall
Truro
TR1 3AY

Closing date: 27 November 2020

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