Large Kent six-year tenancy up for grabs

A tenant is sought for a six-year contract working 300 versatile hectares of farmland in Kent.

The Beachborough Estate is 178ha of agricultural land and 122ha of mixed woodland.

It is based north-west of Folkestone, Kent, and will be let by informal tender with agents BTF Partnership. The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 1 June.

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The Beachborough Estate

The Grade 3 agricultural land and woodland is available on a six-year farm business tenancy (FBT) agreement, which will begin on 1 October.

The land is split into six separate blocks with the main block in the centre of the estate covering 216ha.

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Soil types vary, with the north consisting of the Denchworth soil series of clayey soils in gault. The south consists of the Barming, Bearsted and Hothfield soil series or freely draining loamy soils over lower greensand rocks and Folkestone beds.

The majority of the agricultural land has been ploughed or cultivated within the past 15 years, excluding the upland banks that form part of the Folkestone and Etchinghill Escarpment SSSI.

‘Excellent opportunity’

There is potential for additional income from Countryside Stewardship or the Secretary of State for Defence, who would like a licence over part of the land for the training of service personnel.

There is also the possibility for coppicing the woodland, subject to the necessary consents, and a small shoot.

Alex Cornwallis, BTF Partnership associate director, said the tenancy was an excellent opportunity for someone looking to increase their holding size.

He added: “It will be a very interesting process as the land is highly suited to livestock farming, but there are areas that would be suitable for ploughing subject to the necessary environmental impact assessment.”

Further details, including how to get an application form, are available by visiting the BTF Partnership website from 3 April or calling 01233 740 077.