New Article Layout: 900-acre farm for lease for €1.30 a year
Published 19/10/2016 | 15:31
It’s got nearly 900 acres of land, 500 sheep and views to die for. And it could all be yours for just €1.30 a year.
The drawback is the hours are long and the weather can be challenging, to say the least.
Britain's National Trust is looking for someone to take over a farm on the Great Orme, in North Wales, with the aim of restoring the landscape as a thriving habitat for wildlife.
The tenant would pay a lease of just £1 a year for 10 years to work Parc Farm, a 145 acre farm with grazing rights over a further 720, which would normally cost more than £1 million to purchase on the open market.
The National Trust will supply the sheep and any profit made by the farm’s new leaseholder would be theirs to keep.
Under the terms of the scheme, farming the Great Orme – a limestone headland jutting out into the Irish Sea - would require using traditional grazing techniques; moving the flock regularly from pasture to pasture so that the sheep keep the grass and thick vegetation in check.
It is hoped this will allow birds such as Choughs, Guillemots and Razorbills to nest, rare plants like the Spiked Seedwell, Goldilock’s Aster and Spotted Cat’s-ear to grow, and encourage invertebrates, notably the Silky Wave Moth, Horehound Plume Moth and the Helianthemapion Aciculare weevil, to thrive.
William Greenwood, the National Trust’s general manager of Great Orme, said: “To ensure a healthy and beautiful landscape we need the most agriculturally productive pastureland to be grazed less, and the least agriculturally productive grassland to be grazed more.