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  • Posted October 29th, 2017

    Opportunity to rent (or cropshare) 7 organic acres in Sussex

    Opportunity to rent (or cropshare) 7 organic acres in Sussex

    There are 7 acres on offer with this rental rent or organic cropshare opportunity in Sussex (postcode TN35 4AP). It’s across the road from the village of Fairlight and a 5 minute drive to Hastings.

    The land is the areas marked A, B, C and D on the map below.

    Map of area for potential rent or organic cropshare

    A and B are an orchard.  C is currently fallow, and has been for several years. The last crop was potatoes in 2011.

    Half of D is protected by badger fencing and there is a 20 x 10 tool / equipment shed. The same field is marked out as terrain within the red lines. The wood beyond could be used if needed. The land marked D has been enriched with biochar at a rate of 1 Kg/m2.

    All the land has been Soil Association certified for 15 years and has always been compliant with standards.

    The total acreage is 7 if you include the orchard. But if you just want D, the 2 acres by the gate, that’s OK too.

    The owner, Craig, is open to discussing various arrangements including rental, cropshare or other things that give the grower(s) a sense of security and him the income to maintain and develop the land.

    They are purchasing another 30 acres almost adjacent and it will all be part of a 170-acre nature reserve that they are putting together with 6 of their neighbours, so the land on offer will be part of a larger and fundable entity.

    If interested please email Craig directly on [email protected]

    Thanks very much.

    The views expressed in our blog are those of the author and not necessarily lowimpact.org's


    • 1laughinggardenerblog October 29th, 2017

      What a wonderful opportunity ~ ?

    • 2Tidy Tom December 3rd, 2017

      I’m intrigued at how this can be farmed whilst also being a nature reserve. Organic and/or conservation agriculture are one thing (and very good too); but farming is almost implicitly not a nature reserve if it’s also done for profit.

      I assume anyone renting this land will be paying the normal market rate rent for grade 3 agricultural land of £100/acre/year.

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