The Duchy of Lancaster has agreed to allow one of its tenant farmers in Cheshire to almost double the size of his land-holding from the Duchy. The agreement forms part of an existing strategy to encourage efficient agricultural units.
Dairy farmer David Peacock is to take on the lease from September this year of approximately 150 additional acres adjacent to his existing farm near Barthomley in Cheshire. The additional land will allow David and his family to expand the herd and grow sufficient arable crops and forage to remain self-sufficient.
Commenting on the deal, Duchy Head of Rural Christopher Sparrow said: “The Duchy is committed to encouraging tenants to develop and expand their businesses. We are also very supportive of any steps taken to ensure self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability. We are of the view that larger farms are more commercially viable over the longer term and this is exactly the sort of expansion that we would like to see. David has been a Duchy tenant for 35 years and we look forward to working with the family for many years to come.”
The Duchy of Lancaster’s rural lands and properties are divided into five Rural Surveys across the country: Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and Southern. For further information, please visit our website: www.duchyoflancaster.co.uk.