Young farmers crowdfund their way to exciting farm tenancy

Young farmers David and Bekka Corrie-Close have just taken up residence as the new tenants of Land End Farm on the National Trust’s Sizergh Estate in Cumbria.

The couple started their farming careers five years ago and moved to the 62ha grassland farm in the Lake District National Park on Friday 10 August.

After living in a yurt and running a £30,000 crowdfunding campaign to buy their first cows, the couple now own a 100-head herd of native breeds.

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They also run the Horned Beef Company, selling their premium meat reared using traditional grazing methods.

David, a full-time farmer, and Bekka, an ecologist, said: “We have grown quickly and we are at the stage where we need a farming base to take the Horned Beef Company to the next level.”

The couple are currently living in a caravan, as the farm and farmhouse are in need of significant investment.

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