Environment and Wildlife
Felix Cobbold Trust
For over 100 years The Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust has aimed to provide the means to improve agricultural development. For the first half of the twentieth century this consisted of maintaining an estate of over 30 farms and smallholdings to provide a step on the farming ladder. For the second half of the twentieth century the Trust consolidated its estate into two farms to demonstrate new farming methods. In the early part of the twenty-first century the Trustees decided that they could best serve their charitable obligations by letting the farms to tenants, and using the rental income to provide grants, mainly for research and education.
The Trust continues to adapt to serve the development needs of agriculture.
Rents from properties, together with investment dividends raise around £200,000 a year, some of which is reinvested against future needs, some is used to maintain and improve the farms, some for administration, leaving around £120,000 to £150,000 a year for charitable purposes.
The Trust’s property holdings consist of: the site of Suffolk New College Rural Campus at Otley near Ipswich, including Charity Farmhouse, extending to 24.5 hectares; two blocks of arable farmland, Stanaway Farm and Hope Farm totalling 289 ha at Otley, Ashbocking and Sproughton, let on agricultural leases; allotments of 1.23 ha in Sproughton village; Stanaway Farmhouse, let on a residential lease; three former farm buildings, let on commercial leases; and Hope Farmhouse let on a residential lease.
Grants are available in 6 general categories: education and training, research and development, promotion and publicity, environment and conservation, production and marketing, capital works and equipment. These categories are not exclusive, and may change over time. As a general guide, if you have a project which benefits East Anglian agriculture in general, do contact the Administrator by email to discuss.
Trustees meet four times a year to consider applications for grants and transact other Trust business. The deadlines for completed applications are 30 March, 31 May, 30 September and 20 December.
Applications may be from registered environmental charities or research bodies.
Conservation projects should aim to improve the wildlife/farming balance, safeguard the environment or preserve target species in East Anglia.