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The estate has been managed by Alcan Farms Ltd since 1972 after the land was taken on by Rio Tinto as part of the development of the former Lynemouth aluminium smelter. It was put up for sale following the closure of the smelter in March 2012.
The eight Rio Tinto employees that work on the farm will be made redundant in June 2014.
The Crown Estate has bought Rio Tinto's 4,500 acre Alcan Farms agricultural land in Northumberland.
It includes land, farm buildings, 19 homes, and a 13 turbine wind farm leased to Scottish Power Renewables. Under new ownership, it will now be known as the Ellington estate and form part of our 146,000 hectare (360,000 acre) rural land portfolio; one of the largest in the UK.
Farmland around the former smelting plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland has been sold. The plant was mothballed in 2012 with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The 4500 acres of land around it has been bought by the Queen's property company, the Crown Estate.