The Moat Farmland has many environmental characteristics including woodland shaws and Wealden ponds and extends to a total of approximately 87 acres. The land has a guide price of £750,000.
The farmland is one mile west of Benenden with the main access through Apple Pie Farm Business Park on the B2086 Cranbrook Road and an additional access to the east if required. The land is situated in the High Weald of Kent within an AONB, is classified as Grade III on the Agricultural Land Classification Plan and is split as follows:
- Arable Land – 65.76 acres
- Grassland – 5.16 acres
- Woodland –14.73 acres
- Ponds – 1.35 acres
- Total – 87 acres
The land is currently farmed under a contract farming agreement and is planted with winter crops. The woodland consists predominantly of natural broadleaf species including Oak, Hornbeam and Ash with a single Conifer plantation on the eastern boundary which is coming to maturity.
The Vendor has recently submitted an application for the Countryside Stewardship Scheme which has not yet been granted but we believe there are several environmental positives and biodiversity potential for this land moving forward.
Alex Cornwallis at BTF Partnership comments: “This is a very useful parcel of land with good sized field parcels and links to natural biodiversity with several Wealden Ponds and woodland shaws. It is rare for a parcel of land of this size within this area to come onto the open market and I anticipate interest will be high from the local farming community looking to expand their existing operations. There may also be interest from purchasers looking into Biodiversity Net Gain along with Natural Capital enthusiasts.”
Benenden, Kent £750,000 Approx 87 acres