Farming News - Two natural capital-rich farms set to attract huge interest from ‘green investors'

Two natural capital-rich farms set to attract huge interest from ‘green investors'

05 Jul 2022
Frontdesk / Renewables

Almost 2,000 acres of farmland in Wales and England is to be sold as two well-equipped livestock farms with significant natural capital assets and future potential are being sold by Carter Jonas. 

Sylfaen Farm,pictured right, is a diversified upland hill farm with stunning views over the Mawddach Estuary and Cader Idris mountain range, is expected to be one of the largest Welsh farms to be sold this year.  
 
Carter Jonas is also bringing Ughill Hall Farm, in the Peak District, to the market this week, and predicts that competition will be strong from both farmer buyers and those who want to explore the natural capital assets of both units.    
 
Extending to 1,338 acres and with an asking price of £4m, Sylfaen is a traditional beef and sheep farm boasting unparalleled views across North Wales and can be found just two miles from Barmouth.
 
In addition to an extended and modernised five-bedroom farmhouse, the site also boasts an established holiday cottage business, Coed y Foel Cottage, and a 34kW hydroelectric scheme with 13 years remaining on a Feed-in Tariff.
 
“The farm has already added positive new income streams by deploying a renewable energy project and developing a holiday let business,” says Hugh O’Donnell, Partner at Carter Jonas. “But the successful buyer may want to explore opportunities that will further support the farm into the future. Carbon offsetting, tree planting and other diversifications related to natural capital could all be explored.
 
“This is a rare opportunity to purchase a diversified and productive upland hill farm as a single lot.”
 
The sale includes a wide range of buildings from cubicle sheds to general purpose outbuildings. 
 
“The land is a mixture of improved grassland, permanent pasture, upland fringe and grazing, of which 564 acres is classed as common ground with Sylfaen Farm holding the sole grazing rights.” 
 
“Sylfaen also has a range of livestock buildings suited to an extensive upland unit and a number of traditional stone outbuildings suitable for conversion.”
 
Ughill Hall Farm,pictured below, is located within the Peak Distract National Park and just eight miles from Sheffield, provides investors with the rare chance to purchase an unspoilt agricultural unit in a desirable area.

“We expect Ughill Hall Farm to attract a lot of interest from the     natural capital and green investor market as there are many   potential opportunities to further enhance the natural capital assets   on the property,” says Carter Jonas Associate Partner Sam Johnson.
 
 Extending to 357.43 acres, the land is a combination of grassland,   woodland, SSSI and a former quarry.
 
 “This equipped upland stock farm also features a semi-detached   four-bedroom farmhouse and a range of traditional and modern   agricultural buildings,” adds Mr Johnson. 
 
 Marketed at £1.95m whole, or in six separate lots, the biggest lot of 219.08 acres includes meadow, pasture, rough pasture and woodland, with the potential for delivering significant Natural Capital benefits. 
 
“Another lot of upland pasture is designated as an SSSI extending to 52.24 acres which will appeal to green investors and buyers keen to explore the potential for further exploring the unit’s environmental potential,” Mr Johnson adds.
 
“While the last stewardship scheme has come to an end, Natural England consider the holding to be an important site for upland breeding waders and are keen to see it sensitively managed and as such, it is likely it will be looked upon favourably for Environmental Land Management Schemes.”