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Farming in Cornwall

Council Farms Service

The Council Farms Service manages the council farms estate and provides advice to the Council on agricultural matters. 

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The Council first acquired agricultural property in 1908 to create smallholdings. Today the Council owns around 4370.60 hectares (10,800 acres) used for the present Council Farms Service made up of 91 holdings. 

In the beginning...

Following the introduction of the Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, the Council purchased 3,000 acres by 1914. By 1926 the Council had purchased 11,000 acres.

Agriculture Act 1947

  • Retain rural workforce
  • Create the farming ladder

Agriculture Act 1970

  • Reorganise and modernise
  • A gateway into farming
  • Contributing to sustainable agriculture
  • Improving social, environmental and economic wellbeing