AS H&H Land & Estates launch to the market a Farm Business Tenancy (FBT) on the outskirts of Carlisle, the company gives advice on the importance of a well presented and prepared tender application.

“There is a huge demand for FBTs, particularly among younger people, and this demand makes it extremely competitive to secure a tenancy. The tender process can be incredibly complex, so to be successful, you have to actively ensure you standout above all other applicants.” Says Jonathan Hird, Chartered Surveyor for H&H Land & Estates.

The current farm which is being let by H&H Land & Estates is Old Sandsfield Farm, Burgh-by-Sands, just north of Carlisle. This is a 38 acres, stock rearing farm with a three bedroom farmhouse, a cottage (currently let as an Air BNB), and a range of traditional and modern farm buildings. The ring-fenced farm has most recently been operated as a beef and sheep farming enterprise. The land, classified as Grade 3 agricultural land by DEFRA, is split across nine fields and is productive grazing and mowing land all currently laid to grass.

Commencing on February 2 2022, Old Sandsfield Farm is available to rent under a seven year Farm Business Tenancy. Tender forms, which are available at £10 each, must be submitted to H&H Land & Estates Ltd, Borderway, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS no later than 12.00 noon on Wednesday, October 6 2021. There will be one open viewing day on Wednesday, September 1 between 10:00 and 3:00pm. Interviews for the farm will take place the week commencing October 11.

Commenting on the launch of what Jonathan describes as both a farming and lifestyle opportunity, he said: “Old Sandsfield provides someone with a real opportunity to get their foot onto the first rung of the farming ladder and they could certainly farm here, alongside their regular work or farming activity. In addition, there is the added benefit to capitalise on the stunning location and derive an additional income by continuing to utilise the cottage, as a tourism business.”

To increase your chances of success in what is a hugely competitive market you need to:

· Demonstrate your financial soundness and affordability

· Produce forward budgets to show the financial viability of the tenancy you are applying for

· Provide in-depth evidence of your knowledge and experience

· Demonstrate your own suitability for the specific tenancy you are applying for

· If applicable, ensure that your current farm holding is well presented, as the agent may request a visit to your current holding

·Ensure you are properly prepared and suitably present yourself for the interview

It is always very important that you fully understand your application, so if you are employing an agent or an accountant do make sure you yourself know the facts and figures that are being presented.

For those making their first applications for an FBT, it is also beneficial to demonstrate your own ongoing professional development as this really does highlight your commitment and here in Cumbria, The Farmer Network runs a Farming Ambition Programme for young people aged between 18-30.