In Wiltshire we had a number of very successful sales. Most notable were Westwood Farm, Colerne, which sold privately before going to the market at 20% above the proposed guide price, and the organic Upper Langridge Farm near Bath at £2.25 million. The sales of two other farms were successfully concluded at the year’s end. Beadon Farm, Hennock in Devon with 165 acres of grassland and woodland sold at £1.15 million whilst the 65 acre Brick house Farm, Charlton Musgrove in Somerset sold at £1.5 million.

Good farms are still much in demand and this summer will see the launch of several fine properties, such as the 600 acre Old House Farm in Peas marsh, East Sussex (guide price £2.75 million) and Shepherds Farm, also in Peas marsh. Fairland Farm near Bristol will prove an interesting sale and is guided at £1.95 million. The major advantages of working with is that they will provide you the latest and all excellent services for doing the conveyancing process. It comprises a fully restored 17th century Grade II listed farmhouse and 113 acres, situated in a superb and secluded setting and would be ideal for the lifestyle buyer with horses, ponies and sheep, particularly with its additional accommodation and home working facilities.

It is of interest that we last sold Fairland Farm at auction in 1997 for the sum of £793,000! In Surrey, Hurst Hill Farm, Bramley will present a fine opportunity for those looking for outstanding equestrian facilities and should sell well at a guide of £1.95 million, and the 200 acre South Wonston Farm at Sutton Scotney in Hampshire (guide price £2.25 million) should also attract good interest.

Bare land prices continue to increase in value, and it is now commonplace to see prices well in excess of £3,000 per acre for larger acreages and above £7,000 an acre for smaller pony and equestrian paddocks. “We are confident that 2006 will prove to be another good year for farmland sales.” Following the implementation of the EU Waste Framework Directive, it was inevitable that the disposal of agricultural waste would fall in line with other industry sectors.

The new rules are intended to progressively improve the waste management standards on farms, in order to provide better protection to human health and to the environment. All types of waste on the farm are included in the new regulations, including tyres, plastic, sheep dip and waste animal health and hygiene products.