Crown Estates strategy
HELP for new entrants will feature in the Crown Estates new manage- ment strategy being formed to cope with the uncertain times ahead.
"We are searching for ways to get new entrants into agriculture. We recognise the odds are against them and that there is no simple solution. But in principle we will work towards encouraging progressive youngsters to take up our tenancies," said Chris Bourchier, head of agriculture for Crown Estates, which manages 120,000ha (300,000 acres) of agricultural land in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Crown Estate announced a 9.1% rise in revenues from its agricultural estate which reached £14.6m for the year ending Mar 31,1997.
Acquisitions were limited due to high land prices, although two new holdings were bought, a 400ha (1000-acre) holding at Stapleford Abbotts, Essex, and one of 111ha (274 acres) at Wingland, Lincs. *