Wiltshire's Rural Estate currently extends to 2,185 hectares (5,400 acres) with 33 equipped farms, 6 cottages and numerous parcels of bare land. The estate is primarily pasture based and the majority of the farms are let for dairying purposes.
The Rural Estate mainly comprises of dairy farms with an average size of 49 hectares (122 acres) which are predominantly located in the northern half of the County. The non dairy units are let as arable, beef or outdoor pig units some on a part and others on a full-time basis. Tenants on many of the smaller farms have been encouraged to diversify and the estate supports a wide range of other rural enterprises which all support the County’s Rural Economy. Enterprises include DIY and full livery, machinery sales, Christmas tree sales, firewood/log supplies, Christmas turkey production and sales to name a few.
Rents on the estate vary from £75 per hectare (£30 per acre) for seasonal short-term grass keep type lets to over £370 per hectare (£150 per acre) on the larger dairy farms.
The County Farms Service does not hold a waiting or mailing list, preferring to advertise opportunities that arise from time to time in the most targeted and appropriate manner via local agents and in the local and national farming press.Follow @wiltscountry
- Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs DEFRA
- Environment Agency
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS
- Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
- Multi Agency Geographical Information for the Countryside
Last updated: 17 October 2016