Herefordshire Council is reviewing its estate management policy, to ensure its smallholdings estate is operating in the most efficient way and achieving the best return on its rural assets.
The council’s smallholdings estate covers in the region of 4,800 acres across Herefordshire with approximately 50 farmed smallholdings and woodland divided into 14 separate parcels of land.
As part of the review, the council will be working in partnership with Worcester based rural surveyors Fisher German to better understand the potential of its smallholdings estate, which will be key to assessing its future. The review will consider a number of options including alternative management arrangements.
The council is consulting directly with its tenants through the Herefordshire Smallholdings Tenants Association, Tenant Farmers’ Association (TFA) and the National Farmers' Union (NFU) and a series of meetings have been arranged to ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed of progress and have an opportunity to contribute to the scope of the review.
A report is due at the end of June and will be presented to Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets in July.
To find out more about the policy review, please read the cabinet member report.