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A unique opportunity to help shape the future of environmentally positive farming in North Yorkshire is being offered on the historic and groundbreaking Barningham Estate near Barnard Castle.
Hawsteads Farm, which covers 949 acres of the estate, has become available offering the chance for someone new to farming or who wants to expand their current business to take on the farm through a ten-year Farm Business Tenancy or a Contract/Share Farming Agreement. Hawsteads Farm features an abundance of environmental wealth and has been entered into a Higher-Level Stewardship Scheme starting January 2023 to further capitalise on the works already undertaken.
Sir Edward Milbank, the current estate owner, is exploring a new collaborative way of planning and prioritising environmental management on the estate with Hawsteads Farm playing a leading role in delivering that vision. Barningham Estate, which the family has owned since 1690, has a long history of conservation, begun by Sir Anthony Milbank, who was a co-founder of the Moorland Association and an RSPB council member.
Lucinda Riddell, Director at GSC Grays, said: “Hawsteads Farm provides an exciting opportunity to live and work on the Barningham Estate and is the perfect opportunity for someone wanting to enter into farming or expand their current business. The farm and Estate have a long history of environmentally positive land management, which has resulted in exceptional biodiversity and a rich tapestry of valuable habitats – from heather moorland to lowland fen and SSSI ancient woodland. Sir Edward is looking for a farm tenant or share/contract farmer to work alongside him to continue this legacy, through sensitive habitat management and restoration, nature-friendly farming and food production.”
Hawsteads Farm, which includes the opportunity to rent an attractive four-bedroom farmhouse, is being offered to let by informal tender and is a diverse upland livestock farm featuring a good range of modern and traditional buildings and land extending to approximately 384 hectares (948.86 acres). The farm is available to let either as a whole on a Farm Business Tenancy or Share/Contract Farming Agreement. Depending on the applicant, a Share Farming Agreement may be preferable to fulfil the Estate’s vision for the farm.
The farm is located to the south of the A66, southeast of Barnard Castle and adjacent to the entrance to the village cricket club. Barningham, a quaint conservation village at the foot of the moors, is located half a mile to the east of the farm steading and benefits from a recently refurbished pub -The Milbank Arms. Barnard Castle is located approximately 7.4 miles northwest of the farm and provides a range of local shops and services, including a number of good schools and a livestock auction market.
Hawsteads Farm is currently open for tenders with a tender deadline of 12 noon on Friday 27th January 2023.