Oliver & Nicola HarrisOliver Harris will become the latest in a new generation of ECT farmers when he takes on the tenancy at Glebe Farm on the Trent Estate in Dorset.

He is expected to take over the 709-acre farm from his father Paul in the coming months, continuing a Trent farming dynasty going back nearly 80 years – and making him the third generation to run the family farm.

Oliver’s grandfather Auston became a tenant of Glebe Farm in 1947 – Auston’s father Ernest was a tenant of nearby Church Farm for two decades previously.

The current tenant Paul Harris, who succeeded to the farm in the late 1980s, and his wife Julia will step back gradually to concentrate on their diversification business Sherborne Turf.

“I was a tenant and running my own business by the time I was 30 and I thought it was time Oliver had the same opportunities,” said Paul.

Oliver, 29, pictured with his wife Nicola, said: “I shall feel great pride to be granted the tenancy and thus the opportunity to continue our family’s relationship with ECT.

“I’m excited to be able to carry on the farming tradition and take the farm business forward.”