More than 25% of Staffordshire County Council’s farms estate, comprising 688ha and 16 let farm holdings, is set to be sold off.
The 2019 farmland market has seen a busy start in some regions, but there is evidence of sellers playing a waiting game while political uncertainty remains.
Lifestyle buyers, investors and wealthy individuals have accounted for more than half of all farmland purchases for the first time ever, according to Strutt & Parker.
Supplies of farmland marketed in England has hit the highest level in 10 years after an exceptional amount came forward in the past three months.
One of the largest commercial arable holdings to come to market in Lincolnshire for 20 years is being sold off in several lots to a variety of buyers.
Demand for farmland fell in the first half of 2018 and the outlook is for a further fall in prices, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) Rural Land Market Survey.
Buccleuch Estates will sell 3,600ha of forestry and agricultural land on its Borders Estate in Dumfries and Galloway on the open market.
A 45-year-old Wiltshire farmer says his cancer diagnosis is the driving force behind the “extremely difficult decision” to sell the family’s arable farm.
Plenty of farmland in Scotland has hit the market after a slow first half of the year. Wet weather in the spring put paid to plans for several launches of farms that are now being advertised.
The summer farmland market has been invigorated with a flurry of launches across the UK.
The marketing of a number of large-scale units has caught the eye so far this year, but it is sub-100-acre whole farms that are dominating in July.
Digital marketing and bureaucracy have changed the way farms are now being sold in the UK.
Scotland’s largest landowner has announced that it is now looking to sell off 24 of its farms to their tenants, with the aim of releasing capital to invest into new projects.
The market for UK hill farms remains healthy but interest is diverse and not purely driven by agriculture.
The value of Scottish holdings continues to be underpinned by the forestry sector – a trend also recognised in Wales, albeit to a lesser extent.
Land sales are taking longer to conclude because sellers are imposing overage clauses on farmland with development potential.
Agents say mortgage lenders carrying out more rigorous checks and local authorities taking more time to respond to the necessary searches are also slowing down the process.
A wide variety of opportunities have surfaced for farmers looking to buy whole farms or small blocks at auction in the coming weeks.
Sales will take place across England this month and next, with bare parcels of 10 acres up to 187-acre farms going under the hammer.
A busy spring for land launches is showing no signs of slowing.
In Somerset the 1,065-acre Kingsdon Estate near Somerton is on the market for the first time in 150 years.
The first Norfolk livestock farm to be publicly marketed for five years has been launched with a £5.4m price tag.
Toby and Nicola Bulgin have spent a decade converting the highly productive soils at High Fen to grassland, with a significant commitment to wildlife and environmental stewardship.
An £11.5m guide price has been set for the sale of a 1,200-acre Norfolk arable farm at Weasenham St Peter.
Weasenham and Raynham Farms, near Fakenham, is split over two nearby holdings and has commercial lets, four houses and a solar array earning a combined income of about £79,000/year.
More than 1,000 acres of prime Suffolk arable land is available in one of the largest offerings of commercial farmland in the county for years.
Strong prices for small blocks of pasture and arable land are being reported at auctions across England and Wales.
Farmer buyers are very active, according to agents, with competitive bidding evident for commercial lots ranging from 11 to 63 acres.
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