Suffolk County Farms Estate

Find out about our rural estate and county farms available to rent, including an application form, relevant documents and a map.

Tractor and forage harvester in Suffolk fieldSuffolk County Council's County Farms Estate covers 5,609 hectares across the county.

The Estate also works with its 127 tenants to create a wide variety of farming and rural businesses, ranging from agriculture to retail, to support the local economy whilst providing over £1,000,000 to support the council's front-line services.

The estate has also raised over £9,000,000 by selling surplus property in the last 10 years and provides a valuable land bank for the council to promote its wider policies, including housing projects in rural areas.

The council has shown its commitment to the estate's long-term future through its cross party review in 2019, and has adopted new objectives and policies, which can be found on this page, setting out the framework for the estate’s future management to 2029.

Read more about the future direction of the County Farms Estate (PDF, 77KB).

Download Suffolk County Farms Estate map (PDF)

Request an accessible format

Documents published on this page may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

The estate has regular letting opportunities for those looking to establish rural businesses.

The available opportunities are advertised at the start of each year. In 2020 tenancies will be available from 11 October 2020.

Agricultural holding to let

Viewing details

Ark Farm

A bare Land Holding at Cavendish, East of Clare.

Ark Farm, Cavendish letting particulars
(PDF, 1MB)

Viewings of Ark Farm can only take place on foot in daylight hours 
and with a copy of the letting particulars to hand.

Vehicular access to the holding is strictly not permitted.

Boydland Farm

A fully equipped holding at Capel St Mary, West of Ipswich.

Boydland Farm, Capel St Mary letting particulars
(PDF, 2MB)

Wednesday 26 February 2020

10am to 3pm.

Arable land

A partially equipped holding at Great Barton, North East of Bury St Edmunds.

Arable land, buildings and yard, Great Barton letting particulars
(PDF, 1MB)

Thursday 27 February 2020

10am to 3pm.

Before you attend a viewing

During your viewing of the holdings please:

  • be respectful of the current tenant
  • do not damage or disturb growing crops or livestock
  • ensure all gates are closed and secured, following your viewing.

Suffolk County Council’s Standard Tenancy agreement

For information purpose only.

Applicants can see what kind of tenancy they will need to sign. You do not need to complete this as part of your application.

Apply for agricultural holdings

Tenants are invited to apply for the holdings listed on this page. Applicants need to complete the application form and budget workbook.

We recommend you read the Suffolk County Council rural estate bid information (which includes guidance on the application process and criteria for applicants) first.


Successful applicants will have to show:

  • sufficient knowledge and experience, including finance and business planning
  • a grounded entrepreneur who will identify and take advantage of new business opportunities
  • passion for the agricultural sector and the drive to succeed

Deadline for applications

Apply by 12pm on Monday 23 March 2020.

We will not accept any applications received after the deadline.

Email or call 07540 668835 for further information.