APPLICATIONS are now open for Yorkshire Water’s first Beyond Nature starter farm.

The utilities company is looking to rent Scow Hall Farm to a young farmer as part of its mentoring scheme.

Scow Hall Farm, near Swinsty Reservoir, is owned by Yorkshire Water and is part of the Beyond Nature programme, which rents farmland for broader objectives than just commercial agriculture. Each farm in the programme has nine key objectives that tie into sustainable land management, including water quality, biodiversity, carbon sequestration and peatland restoration.

Yorkshire Water will rent the farm to a young farmer for a five-year period, in which time they will receive mentorship, support and guidance from the water company on how to manage the land sustainably. After five years, the company will support the farmer to find a more permanent residency, and the farm will be rented to another young farmer.