ON AN INITIAL ONE YEAR GRAZING LICENCE
TO COMMENCE 29 SEPTEMBER 2023
APPROX. 185.67 ACRES (75.14 HA) GRAZING LAND
TOTAL AREA APPROX. 220.61 Ac / 89.278 Ha
VIEWING DAY: Thursday 22 June 2023 by appointment
TENDERS BY: Friday 30 June 2023 at 12 Noon
Boconnoc Estate is offering an excellent opportunity to graze the Historic Parkland on an initial one year Grazing Licence, for grazing with sheep only, commencing 29th September 2023. This is a short-term agreement, but with the aim being to develop a long-term relationship between the Estate and the incoming party.
The land comprises 89.28 hectares (220.61 acres) in total, of which 75.14 hectares (185.67 acres) is productive grazing land, with the remainder scheduled as woodland/scrub/misc.
The Estate is developing a long-term strategy, with the aim being to support diverse, sustainable farming businesses with an emphasis on improving the environment, embracing innovation and collaboration between Estate tenants. For a long-term relationship, the incoming party would have interest in turning the land organic / farming regeneratively.
A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been prepared, which once agreed will sit alongside the Licence agreement/s. The MOU is not designed to restrict farming practice, nor is it a promise of funds from either party, but a joint understanding from both Licensee and Licensor to work together to cherish and improve the environmental resources present.
On this basis, they are seeking a grazier who can offer not only great husbandry, but also enhance the environment and soils that they occupy.
Boconnoc is situated approximately 4 miles to the East of Lostwithiel, within close proximity of the hamlet of Couch’s Mill.
The Grazing Licence will be on a full repairing and insuring basis for one year.
The land has been entered into a Higher-Tier Stewardship Scheme. The incoming grazier is required to meet the compliance requirements of the outgoing tenant for the remainder of the Stewardship Agreement and indemnify the Licensor against any penalties imposed for a breach caused by the Licensee.
The grazier will not spread fertiliser.
The grazier must graze with some appropriate native breeds for at least 70% of the livestock unit grazing days between 1st April to 31st October.
The successful candidate has the option to purchase the flock of 60 pedigree Greyface Dartmoor sheep from the outgoing tenant for £5,000 (which would satisfy the criteria of the existing CS Scheme).
Full details of the existing CS agreement can be provided upon request.
The successful candidate agrees to consider the use of rotational grazing methods including paddock and mob grazing.
Longer Grass Covers are encouraged where suitable, with the aim being only to graze covers where they reach >4000kgDM/ha, grazing down to a minimum of 2500kgDM/ha.
Where permitted multispecies swards are to be established.
If the grazier is overwintering they are to ensure covers are robust to prevent poaching and run off.
Schedule of Condition
A photographic schedule of condition will be undertaken prior to commencement.
All sporting rights are reserved by the landlord.
Wayleaves, Easements and Reservations
The property is licenced subject to, and with the benefit of, all existing wayleaves, easements and rights of way whether public or private, specifically mentioned or not.
The Licensor reserves the right to request the grazier moves off certain parcels of land for events in the Parkland.
Dates for events in 2024 and land parcels required, can be provided on request.
The Licensee will not be permitted to assign, underlet or part with possession of the whole or any part of the interest.
A lambing shed measuring approximately 20m x 10m is available by separate agreement.
These particulars and plans (prepared by an estate representative) are only intended to give guidance and should not be relied upon for any purpose.
Lodge & Thomas have been instructed to advertise the land on behalf of Boconnoc Estate, to make arrangements for the Viewing Day, and to collate Tenders.
A representative of the Estate will be in attendance on the Viewing Day to answer any questions and oversee proceedings.
There is a viewing day on Thursday 22nd June 2023.
Viewings are STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT and should be arranged with Lodge & Thomas
Tenders are to be submitted on the approved form (to be provided) and are to arrive no later than 12 noon on Friday 30th June 2023 at the offices of Lodge and Thomas, 58 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2PY.
The envelope should be marked “Boconnoc Parkland Grazing Tender” or emailed to email@example.com with “Boconnoc Parkland Grazing Tender” as the subject.
The Licensor is in no way bound to accept any or the highest tender. As much detail as possible should be provided in the tender to allow the Licensor to consider the quality of the proposal.
Plan & Schedule
A plan, which is not to scale, and is purely for the purpose of illustrating the approximate boundaries to the farm, is attached to these particulars (prepared by an estate representative) in addition to a Field Schedule. Applicants should satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to their accuracy.
To book a place on the viewing day or for further information please contact:
Ross Collins BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV
Lodge & Thomas Chartered Surveyors
58 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2PY
t 01872 272722