Matt Baker’s Farm of a Lifetime (working title) is an eight-part television series, filmed for three weeks in Northumberland by Big Circus Media (‘Big Circus’), in which seven applicants (individuals or couples / partnerships) are brought together for the final stage of selecting a new tenant for the vacant Gallows Hill Farm on the National Trust’s Wallington Estate. It is intended to air on More4 in 2023.
The applicants will be assessed on their business plans and their abilities and approaches to agricultural, environmental farming and renovation by completing a series of real-world tasks/experiences, with the successful applicant invited to take on a 10-year tenancy of the farm.
In each episode the potential tenants will take on one or more tasks/experiences before the assessors decide who will progress to the next stage. Many of the real-world farm tasks/experiences involve processes that help to improve the land or buildings on the available farm. Some will take place on other farms which may be either on the wider estate or in the local area.
The television series will be presented by Matt Baker and the assessors will be representatives of the National Trust.
The chosen applicant will be expected to enter into a 10 year standard tenancy agreement directly with the National Trust. This commercial relationship, between the chosen applicant and the National Trust, will be exclusively between the two parties and not involve Big Circus or any of its partners or affiliates. The lease and all rent payments form no part of the television series and will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.
Applicants can apply either as an individual or as a couple / partnership.
Applications close at 23:59 hours on Sunday 30th October 2022.