National Trust announces new tenants for most southerly farm, on the Lizard Peninsula
The National Trust on the Lizard Peninsula has announced the new tenants for mainland Britain's most southerly farm.
Tregullas Farm, which sits on the tip of the Lizard, was bought by the National Trust in the early 1990s. The farm is closely linked to the local community as well as providing much of the feeding ground for the first breeding pair of Cornish choughs in the county.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors use the footpath that passes through the farm on their way to Lizard Point.
When the previous tenant at Tregullas Farm left the National Trust consulted widely with the local community at the Lizard to ask them what they wanted from the farm.
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Local people said that a working farm was vital and that local food, wildlife, access to walks and views were also important. A number of local community groups were formed to develop ideas.
The new 20 year lease has been awarded to Rona and Nevil Amiss, who currently farm at Higher Fingle Farm in Devon with their five children.
Alastair Cameron, Property Manager for the National Trust on the Lizard, said: "We are delighted with the response we received from the Lizard community and for their interest in their local environment and also with the hundreds of applications and responses we received from the farming community.
"We are really pleased that Rona and Nevil will be taking on the tenancy at Tregullas and think that they will do a fantastic job in farming at this amazing place."
"We are really excited to be coming to the Lizard later this year," Mrs Amiss said. "We are looking forward to working with the local community to look after Tregullas and to make the most of what it has to offer.
"We think it is a fantastic opportunity to develop what we have been doing at Higher Fingle farm into something bigger and better and we hope to achieve a lot of what the village said was important to them."
The new tenancy will start from September this year.