Farming on the Leys Estate
On Leys Estate there are 16 farm units – covering 5,000 acres of a range of grades of agricultural land from 3(1) to grade 5. – that are all let on a variety of historic and modern tenancies. Farm units range in size from 550 acres to 26 acres with two secure 1991 Act Tenancies, six Limited Duration Tenancies, six Short Limited Duration Tenancies, one Modern Limited Duration Tenancy and one Limited Partnership.
One of our key aims is to support farming and agriculture on the estate. To do this we look to facilitate new entrant opportunities for young farmers where possible, adapt to reformed agricultural policy and support tenants by providing flexible farming options on the estate.
We are determined to protect our land and work with our farmers to ensure that the land is well managed, continues with agricultural productivity and that we preserve all historical and important features of our landscape.
- Manage the change to environmentally sensitive drainage and watering’s
- Three year review policy complying with industry best practice, but to include wider engagement over holding management and also estate wide integrated land management.
- Participate in consultations and adapt to reformed agricultural policy during and after Brexit and possible independence. Leaving the EU provides an opportunity for change, but also brings with it uncertainty.
- Future agricultural support will not be by direct subsidy but by payment for what clearly delivers in the public interest ie. Natural Capital/environmental benefit. We should be ready to facilitate the change to a better balance between production and the environment
- Be aware of and participate in consultations and adapt to the Land Reform Agenda
- Promote New Entrants and tenancy succession to encourage, attract and nurture new talent and embrace change. They drive innovation, best practice and improve efficiencies which improves productivity.
- Consider more flexible arrangements such as share farming and contract farming when opportunities arise
- Where possible reduce environmental damage
- Implement a Field Gathered Stone Policy, Field Waterings Policy and Redundant Fencing policy
- Where and when appropriate, promote organic farming
- Preserve historic and important features where appropriate such as stone dykes