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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 104 holdings. 

Tree Nursery Farm and Bare Land Holding to Let

The Council Farms Service intends to relet the following holdings from 29 September 2020:

Carvinack Farm, Gorran, St Austell – 29.656 hectares of bare land with buildings, but without a house, offered on an Farm Business Tenancy for up to 11.5 years

Fentenfenna Farm, Ruthvoes, St Columb – 4.617 hectares fully equipped holding together with modern buildings and farmhouse.  Preference will be given to an applicant looking to establish a tree nursery on the holding. 

The particulars for these farms will be available shortly and can be obtained free of charge by emailing countyfarms@cornwall.gov.uk or alternatively a copy can be posted at a cost of £15 each (please make cheques payable to ‘Cornwall Council’), from:  County Farms Service, Pydar House, Pydar Street, Truro, TR1 1XU. 

Please state clearly which set of letting particulars you are requesting. 

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