FENLAND: New tenants take over Red Tile Farm which is home to five wind turbines
RED Tile Farm, which is home to the first wind farm on Cambridgeshire County Council Land, has new tenant who will be able to harvest the wind. Life long farmer Chris Aspden, his partner Natasha and their four-year-old son, have taken over the 90-hectare
RED Tile Farm, which is home to the first wind farm on Cambridgeshire County Council Land, has new tenant who will be able to harvest the wind.
Life long farmer Chris Aspden, his partner Natasha and their four-year-old son, have taken over the 90-hectare farm near Chatteris which includes a five-turbine wind farm on the land.
The turbines produce environmentally friendly electricity for the national grid and generate and income for the Cambridgeshire County Council Farms Estate, which is the largest of its kind in the country.
Chris, 32, and his family have now moved to the farm which includes a three-bedroom house and a range of buildings. The main crops are expected to be wheat, oil seed rape, sugar beet and potatoes.
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He has been farming all his life and has worked his way up the farming ladder to become a Farm Manager for a farm in Yaxley. But he has always harboured an ambition to be a farmer in his own right and applied to become a County Farms Estate tenant.
The Estate's newest grower was welcomed to Red Tile Farm by County Councillor John Reynolds, who is Cabinet Member for Corporate Services.
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Councillor Reynolds, said: "I am delighted to welcome Chris and his family to the Farms Estate. County Farms offer a rare opportunity for people wanting to take their first steps on the farming ladder and I wish Chris well for his future in the agriculture industry.