Black Robin Farm is owned by Eastbourne Borough Council and sits within the South Downs National Park. It is equipped with a good range of modern agricultural buildings in excess of 20,000 sq ft. The farm is offered for let subject to the existing Higher Level Stewardship agreement which runs until November 2022, and has the option of additional accommodation and a campsite by separate negotiation.
The incumbent tenant Will Higgs is retiring after 31 years on the farm, offering the chance for an existing farmer or a young entrant to rent a commercial-scale livestock unit.
Isabel Swift of Strutt & Parker manages the farm on behalf of landlords Eastbourne Borough Council and will be overseeing the tender process. Isabel said: “The letting market has seen a very limited number of farms marketed in the South East in recent years. Black Robin Farm is undoubtedly one of the largest farm tenancies to come onto the market in the region in many years, and we are expecting it to generate interest both locally and from further afield. The HLS agreement is likely to appeal to farmers with an interest in conservation, and this is something the landlord would strongly encourage. Interest is particularly invited from those looking to combine conservation farming practices with education and public engagement.”
The majority of the land is classified as Grade III calcareous grassland, and is all permanent pasture. Basic payment entitlements for the farm can be made available to the incoming tenant, although tenders will be invited on a with or without entitlement basis, offering applicants flexibility. Full tender packs and supporting documents together with details of viewing days can be obtained from www.struttandparker.com/black-robin-farm-tender
Eastbourne, East Sussex