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Farmcare Trading Limited is the largest lowland farming organisation in the United Kingdom. Farmcare traded as The Co-operative Farms while a subsidiary of The Co-operative Group until it was sold to the Wellcome Trust in 2014.
The Co-operative Farms
The first farm was acquired at Roden, Shropshire in 1896 in order to supply potatoes to local societies' stores. By 1918, the then Co-operative Wholesale Society already farmed a total of 32,648 acres (13,212 ha) across England.
Following the merger of CWS and Co-operative Retail Services in 2001, CWS Agriculture became Farmcare Limited. It was rebranded as The Co-operative Farms in 2007.
On 4 August 2014, the business was sold to the Wellcome Trust for £249 million, to reduce The Co-operative Group's debt following its financial crisis in 2013. At the time of the sale, The Co-operative Farms owned 39,533 acres (15,998 ha) of land organised as 15 farms, and more than 100 residential and 27 commercial properties.
- Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965, No. 28966R
- "Farmcare builds on its own identity following Co-op sell off". Farmers Guardian. 31 October 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
- The foundations The Co-operative Farms (retrieved 21 August 2009)
- The war years The Co-operative Farms (retrieved 21 August 2009)
- Mutuals Public Register Financial Services Authority (retrieved 21 August 2009)
- Wellcome Trust acquires the Co-operative Group's farms business for £249 million
- "Co-op sells farms business to Wellcome Trust for £249m". BBC. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.