Mike Innerdale, Assistant Director of Operations in the North, said:
The majority of our farms in the Lakes are leased on multi-generational or life-time tenancies (51 out of 91) under specific legislation. The rest of our tenancies are offered for an average minimum length of 15-years, which is three times longer than the national average and goes well beyond the 10-year minimum the Tenants’ Farmers Association has been calling for across the industry.
We want to maintain and build strong, long-term relationships with our farm tenants in the Lakes: they need to know we’re committed to them and supporting them – so that they have the confidence to invest in their business. We will be writing to all our tenants in the Lakes to reassure them of our long-term commitment to hill farming and hill farmers. We are also discussing with farming representatives about how we make the tenancy renewal process as fair, transparent and open as possible. We want long-term tenants and there’s no reason why tenancies wouldn’t be renewed if both parties are happy.