Danish farmers could play a significant role in the Eastern property market this year, according to Strutt & Parker’s James Laing.

Mr Laing said he knew of two farmers who had already bought arable units, but many more were expressing interest about a move to the UK.

“I have spoken to people from Denmark every day this week.

The Vikings may not be invading yet but they are certainly looking.”

High property, vehicle and nitrogen taxes in Denmark were forcing some of the country’s producers to look abroad, he reckoned.

“They think our land is cheap but our houses expensive.

They want to come here to farm and are not looking for smart manor houses.”