Agricultural land owned by College

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Dear Nuffield College, Oxford,

SOS-UK is developing a programme to support universities and colleges to manage the agricultural land that they own to achieve their Net Zero targets and to support the recovery of nature and biodiversity in the UK.

We are writing to all universities and colleges across the UK to find out if they (or any wholly owned subsidiary) own agricultural land, so that we can plan our new programme to best fit the needs of the sector.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, we would appreciate it if you could please provide us with responses to the questions below, to help us with this important work.

We define a "wholly owned subsidiary" to be a company or other formally recognised organisation that is under full ownership or control of the college.

We define an "agricultural land" as per the Agricultural Act 1947:

“agriculture” includes horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy farming and livestock breeding and keeping, the use of land as grazing land, meadow land, osier land, market gardens and nursery grounds, and the use of land for woodlands where that use is ancillary to the farming of land for other agricultural purposes ( https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo...>)

Our request below therefore excludes any woodland that is managed for commercial production.

Please could you tell us:

1. Does your college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, own any agricultural land in the UK?
2. What is the approximate total area, in hectares, of the agricultural land holdings owned by your college, and/or wholly owned subsidiary, in the UK?
3. If the agricultural land that your college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, owns is split over multiple holdings under separate management, please could you tell us the number of separately managed agricultural holdings?
4. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are managed by staff employed directly by your college and/or the subsidiary?
5. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are leased to one or more tenant farmers?
6. Please tell us the type of leases in place on that tenanted land: (a) farm business tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995), (b) annual grazing/cropping license, (c) full agricultural tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1986), (d) other (please specify)

If you are interested to find out more about this work on farming, climate and nature please get in touch at [email address].

Yours faithfully,
SOS-UK

Nuffield College Bursar, Nuffield College, Oxford

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Dear Kate,

Thanks for your message below. Here are the answers on behalf of Nuffield
College.

 

All the best,

 

Tom

 

1. Does your college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, own any
agricultural land in the UK?

 

The College does

2. What is the approximate total area, in hectares, of the agricultural
land holdings owned by your college, and/or wholly owned subsidiary, in
the UK?

 

149 hectares

3. If the agricultural land that your college, and/or any wholly owned
subsidiary, owns is split over multiple holdings under separate
management, please could you tell us the number of separately managed
agricultural holdings?

 

Not split

4. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your college,
and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are managed by staff employed directly
by your college and/or the subsidiary?

 

None

5. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your college,
and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are leased to one or more tenant
farmers?

 

144 hectares

6. Please tell us the type of leases in place on that tenanted land: (a)
farm business tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995),
(b) annual grazing/cropping license, (c) full agricultural tenancy
(subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1986), (d) other (please
specify)

 

Farm Business Tenancy

 

 

TOM MOORE

 

Bursar

Nuffield College, Oxford, OX1 1NF

+44 (0) 1865 278525 or 278606 

 

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From: Kate Winters <[FOI #993062 email]>
Date: Wednesday, 21 June 2023 at 15:16
To: FOI requests at Nuffield College
<[Nuffield College request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Agricultural land owned by
College

Dear Nuffield College, Oxford,

SOS-UK is developing a programme to support universities and colleges to
manage the agricultural land that they own to achieve their Net Zero
targets and to support the recovery of nature and biodiversity in the UK.

We are writing to all universities and colleges across the UK to find out
if they (or any wholly owned subsidiary) own agricultural land, so that we
can plan our new programme to best fit the needs of the sector.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, we would appreciate it if you could
please provide us with responses to the questions below, to help us with
this important work.

We define a "wholly owned subsidiary" to be a company or other formally
recognised organisation that is under full ownership or control of the
college.

We define an "agricultural land" as per the Agricultural Act 1947:

“agriculture” includes horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy
farming and livestock breeding and keeping, the use of land as grazing
land, meadow land, osier land, market gardens and nursery grounds, and the
use of land for woodlands where that use is ancillary to the farming of
land for other agricultural purposes (
[2]https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo...>)

Our request below therefore excludes any woodland that is managed for
commercial production.

Please could you tell us:

1. Does your college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, own any
agricultural land in the UK?
        2. What is the approximate total area, in hectares, of the
agricultural land holdings owned by your college, and/or wholly owned
subsidiary, in the UK?
        3. If the agricultural land that your college, and/or any wholly
owned subsidiary, owns is split over multiple holdings under separate
management, please could you tell us the number of separately managed
agricultural holdings?
        4. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your
college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are managed by staff employed
directly by your college and/or the subsidiary?
        5. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your
college, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are leased to one or more
tenant farmers?
        6. Please tell us the type of leases in place on that tenanted
land: (a) farm business tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act
1995), (b) annual grazing/cropping license, (c) full agricultural tenancy
(subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1986), (d) other (please
specify)

If you are interested to find out more about this work on farming, climate
and nature please get in touch at [email address].

Yours faithfully,
SOS-UK

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Dear Nuffield College Bursar,

Many thanks for taking the time to reply to our request. Your response is really valuable in helping us to assess the potential for farmland holdings in the education sector to have a positive impact for the climate and nature.

We will be conducting some further, more in-depth research with staff at institutions, like yours, that own farmland in the UK. Please could you let us know if you would be open to us contacting you in the future to invite you to take part in a voluntary survey or research interview? This would most likely be with a member of staff working on energy, sustainability, carbon and net zero.

If you have any questions about our research or our programme, please feel free to get in touch with the team at [email address].

Warm regards,
Kate Winters

Nuffield College Bursar, Nuffield College, Oxford

I am out of the office at the moment but please contact Claire Bunce or
call my mobile if you need to contact me urgently. 

TM