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At Strutt & Parker, our goal is to help you maximise the potential of your land. Through effective estate management, and expert advice on subjects such as environmental land management, farm management and rural planning, we can help ensure the financial and environmental sustainability of your business.

As you consider your future strategy, having access to the right expertise and information is crucial; the Strutt & Parker Rural Hub gives you access to the most up-to-date guidance and research on topical issues relating to farming, forestry, viticulture, renewable energy and agronomy. Our experienced rural team are here to support you as you transition into your next chapter.

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16.08.2022

Revisiting the Renters’ Reform Bill

The Renters’ Reform Bill may have been stuck on the back burner for the past three years, but it was put back into play by the 2022 Queen’s Speech, with significant implications for landlords and tenants. The proposed Bill is intended to transform the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in England through a series of reforms to […]
12.08.2022

Exploring lower carbon farming systems in the Cairngorms

Strutt & Parker is helping the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) to deliver on an ambitious plan to address the climate change crisis and restore and protect nature across what is the UK’s largest National Park. As part of its Heritage Horizons: Cairngorms 2030 programme, the Park Authority has asked Strutt & Parker to deliver […]
12.08.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 8th August

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Farmer demand for carbon audits has doubled in a year Almost 500 Scottish farmers have applied to carry out carbon audits in 2022 so far, which is about the same number as for the whole of 2021 and compares with 100 […]
09.08.2022

Woodland owners: Watch out for Ips beetle

Woodland owners, particularly those in the southeast of England, are being asked to be on the watch for a new threat – the evocatively named ‘larger eight-toothed European spruce beetle’. Commonly referred to as Ips, on the basis of its Latin name Ips typographus, it is a pest that all woodland owners – especially those in […]
05.08.2022

Bracken: A new look at an old adversary

There can be few native plants that have caused as many management headaches to landowners – particularly, but not exclusively, in the uplands of the UK – as bracken. It is an extraordinarily successful species reputed to be present on every continent on Earth apart from Antarctica, but it is the species’ ability to colonise […]
02.08.2022

Learning from the Italian biogas sector

A group of Italian farmers are integrating anaerobic digestion (AD) technologies with farming practices designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal of producing both food and fuel more sustainably. They have developed a concept called ‘Biogas done right’, which is proving a success in terms of reducing their carbon footprint, cutting fertiliser costs […]
29.07.2022

Implications of new telecoms rulings for landowners

The Supreme Court recently passed down its judgement on three cases regarding the implementation of the Electronic Communications Code. In 2017, Parliament implemented a new Electronic Communications Code under the Digital Economy Act which covers, amongst other things, the acquisition of so-called ‘code rights’ by telecoms operators, enabling the installation and operation of electronic communication […]
25.07.2022

Land Business Tracker | July 2022

Welcome to our quarterly tracker of key land management, farming, planning and energy regulation and legislation. In this issue we cover: Implement: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates (UK) Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (UK) Agricultural support schemes (England) The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (UK) The Building […]
21.07.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 18th July

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD Details published on the new Welsh Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS) The proposed ambitious new scheme, which will be the main source of future Government funding for farmers in Wales, will aim to support sustainable and profitable food production, whilst […]
21.07.2022

English Estates & Farmland Market Review – Summer 2022

Farms and estates are being snapped up by buyers more quickly than for several years as demand continues to outstrip supply. Analysis of Strutt & Parker’s Farmland Database, which records the details of all farms, estates and blocks of publicly marketed farmland over 100 acres, shows that nearly half of the farms marketed this year […]
13.07.2022

5 things to know about Scottish land reform proposals

The Scottish land market has developed dramatically in a short space of time, due to the impact of Covid-19, the climate crisis, and the developing market for varying forms of carbon sequestration. The development of the carbon market has created both a new source of demand and a dramatic increase in capital values for land […]
11.07.2022

Wales unveils Sustainable Farming Scheme details

More details of the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS), which will become the primary source of government support for farmers in Wales, have been published by the Welsh government. There is no information on possible payment rates, which does make it hard to assess how attractive the scheme might prove to farmers and the implications for […]
08.07.2022

Solar PV options back in the spotlight for farmers

Roof-mounted solar PV schemes with battery storage are back in the spotlight as farmers and landowners seek to cut their electricity bills by reducing the amount of energy they need to buy in. It is estimated that the cost of electricity to supply an average dairy farm using approx. 83,000kWh a year has risen by […]
07.07.2022

A Food Strategy with some missing ingredients

It had been hoped that the government’s recently published Food Strategy would put some more flesh on the bones of government policy, highlighting clearly the direction of travel to help decision-making at farm and estate level. The document was awaited with excitement in some quarters, after the enthusiasm that greeted the publication of the Henry Dimbleby-led […]
07.07.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 4th July

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD Government food strategy The government has published its response to the Henry Dimbleby–led independent food strategy that Michel Gove commissioned in 2019. The independent strategy’s aim was to, “investigate the entire food system, from field to fork” and, ideally, […]
04.07.2022

Why hope is growing that elm trees can make a comeback

Strutt & Parker was delighted to sponsor the Future of the Elm Tree conference on restoring elm to the landscape, held at Kew Gardens on 28 June 2022. The best conferences inspire you – they make you want to learn more and do more – and this was one of those. Opening the conference, organised by the Institute of […]
01.07.2022

Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme open

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is now open to all farmers in England, with the focus being on measures to improve soil health. Anyone who currently receives Basic Payments can apply to the SFI and there is no application deadline – farmers can sign up at any time. There are three standards available initially, but […]
28.06.2022

Guidance on ‘stacking’ ecosystem services payments

Landowners looking to combine a range of revenue streams by delivering different ecosystem services on the same parcel of land are to be given greater clarity about what will and won’t be possible. It is widely recognised that land managers are likely to need to ‘stack’ or layer payments for delivering a range of different […]
23.06.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 20th June

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Take part in the CLA and Strutt & Parker’s ‘Future of Farming’ survey The survey aims to capture farmer attitudes to some of the new schemes being introduced, identify how farms and estates are trying to build resilience and explore how […]
17.06.2022

Sussex Wine wins legal protected status

Sussex wine producers are toasting the future after winning geographical protected status for wines produced in both East and West Sussex. Sussex Wine has joined the family of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under the new UK Geographical Indication (GI) scheme. The announcement made by Defra just ahead of the start of English Wine Week […]
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Our Specialisms

Managing Estates & Land

Strutt & Parker’s national land management team provides strategic business advice and practical management services to clients including private estates, local authorities, charities, institutional investors and utility companies. The priority of our team of experienced rural surveyors is to ensure that each client’s land and property is managed to meet the objectives that matter most to them.

We have a proven track record in supporting landowners to make the most of their rural assets, to fulfil both business and personal objectives. Our input will be tailored according to an individual’s requirements. It can range from strategic business advice, compulsory purchase orders, renewable energy and long-term tax planning, through to hands-on management of the whole estate, handling all the day-to-day decision making.  

Farming

Our experienced and knowledgeable farming team can help make you become more profitable and efficient by offering practical and realistic farm management advice. We have a proven track record of working with the most progressive farmers and landowners.

Our people, who are based in 13 offices around the country, have the experience and local knowledge to help you grow your business including; agronomy, livestock management as well as assisting in solving bigger strategic issues such as succession planning or a change in business structure. Nearly half of our experts are BASIS and FACTS qualified, delivering independent crop management advice across more than 50,000ha.

Forestry & Woodland

John Clegg & Co is the specialist forestry & woodland division of Strutt & Parker. Our specialist forestry and woodland management team advise on everything from large-scale commercial conifer forests through to small-scale mixed amenity woodland blocks. We are able to advise on everything from planting and management of woodlands on estates, to improving timber quality, through to felling and the processing of timber ready for sale.

We can also help secure grant funding for the creation and sustainable management of woodland as well as guide landowners on how to manage their commercial woodland to ensure that they qualify for capital gains and inheritance tax exemptions.

Find out more about John Clegg & Co and the services they offer.

Environmental

Strutt and Parker’s land management advice is made with an eye firmly on the bigger picture and with a long-term perspective. A specialist research group has grown out of the need to provide clients with well-researched advice on environmental policy in the UK. The Environmental Production Group (EPG) looks at the way that government policy and public attitudes are changing and looks for ways that clients can be best prepared to take advantage of the opportunities that this presents.

Topics this research group covers include; sustainable farming practices, soil health, Countryside Stewardship (and other grants and subsidy schemes), the developing picture of the new Environmental Land Management System (ELMS), the Environment Bill, Biodiversity Net Gain (and other planning policy rules), natural capital accounting and carbon accounting.

Energy

Strutt & Parker’s Energy Team is at the forefront of assisting clients to identify opportunities for development, investment and management of energy generating projects, alongside energy conservation and responding to energy efficiency legislation.

Our independent advice can guide you through all aspects of energy with the knowledge that we understand how it fits in with your wider property strategy. We provide services for all types of property and the energy sector. We have experience advising across the UK from the City of London to the Highlands of Scotland.

We also have specialist planning advisers, building surveying experts and agency teams to provide additional support for all your energy needs.

Rural Ambitions

Rural Ambitions provide entrepreneurial consultancy advice to family businesses in the rural community, to help traditional estates and farms develop into resilient and diverse businesses. Drawing on MBA and urban place making talent, we strive to create customer facing, innovative places in the rural landscape that anticipate changing trends in order that they remain relevant and engaging. 

Rural Placemaking is our unique proposition to the market. It is the understanding that we can be editors of the places we own. We can invite the businesses that inspire us and that share our values to become our trading partners. Placemaking is the reinterpretation of footpaths and cycle routes through woods and along river banks to create a natural, energetic footfall from one estate business to the next. In a world where what the market values is changing more rapidly than any of us can remember, placemaking is being alive to the opportunities and threats that this brings, and helping our clients adapt their businesses to thrive in these turbulent times. 

Managing Rural Housing

Our services are tailored to each client and range from advising on the regulations affecting residential tenancies, through to a full residential property management service.

Using research-led insights, we are able to effectively find the right tenants for your property, as well as preparing tenancy agreements, arrange inventories, collect rents and deal with tenancy renewals and ensuring that legislative requirements are met, such as checking gas boilers and smoke alarms.

Viticulture

Strutt & Parker’s viticulture group are the market leaders in identifying and securing land suitable for vines through purchases or rental agreements, using our specialist vineyard mapping software. We have helped buy land for several clients including Champagne Taittinger, Champagne Pommery, Chapel Down and Nyetimber.

We also have specialist planning, development and hospitality teams that can help clients secure planning permission for and build wineries and visitor centres.

Rural Connectivity

Strutt & Parker’s unrivalled telecoms group acts for landowners only and never for telecommunications operators. With dedicated local specialists, we act for a range of corporate clients, local authorities and government departments as well as for private individuals owning a single site.

We oversee new lettings and lease renewals, negotiate rent reviews, advise on-site shares and deal with site upgrade requests. We also deal with assignments and network convergence between operators looking to share antenna systems.

Our work covers rooftop installations as well as greenfield sites. Wayleaves for cabling (including fibre optics) and access agreements form an ever-growing part of our work. We also market and manage individual radio mast sites, as well as extensive portfolios of mobile phone masts.

The team regularly conduct Expert Witness work for court and arbitration purposes, where their wealth of experience can carry substantial weight on behalf of clients.

Client Accounting & Taxation

Our land & property accounting and bookkeeping department works closely with our taxation team, who uniquely combine rural and agricultural tax specialists with both considerable HM Revenue & Customs and private practice experience.

The departments offer a bespoke service in accounting and taxation to include, final accounts, VAT, payroll, bookkeeping and tax compliance, based on decades of working in the rural sector.

Estates Development & Planning

The Planning Team work alongside landowners, institutional clients and the development industry to unlock the planning potential of land and buildings throughout the United Kingdom.

We excel at providing planning advice with a twist of local political knowledge. We have a growing team of experienced planners with practical project management skills to resolve the ever more challenging and complicated planning system.

Our planners work in close partnership with our development teams, who regularly advise landowners on their estate planning including; planning applications, promotion agreements and joint ventures. Their thorough knowledge of the market ensures that the development team are able to advise on the optimum solution for promoting our clients’ landholdings to achieve the best price on sale.

Estates & Farms Agency

Strutt & Parker have been at the forefront of the estates and farms market for over 130 years. We have over 25 specialist local agents located across England and Scotland. All of our agents are experienced and offer a combination of detailed local knowledge of farmland values as well as a national perspective and extensive global connections through our network of 55 UK offices.

Future Trends

Keeping abreast of trends in markets and demographics is key to running successful rural businesses. Whether it is looking for diversification opportunities, investing in the latest technological advances such as vertical farming or considering environmental change and how rural businesses can contribute positively to society.  Our specialist team, called Rural Ambitions, helps businesses convert these trends into valuable knowledge to start or develop successful businesses. 

Research

Our in-house rural research team reviews the latest information and trends and produces briefing papers for clients and for our Rural team, so it is as up-to-date as possible.  It is led by Dr Jason Beedell, who is part of our team of 49 researchers which works across Europe on all major property markets.  We produce a series of rural market reports, on crop yields, returns from contract farming and the farmland markets in England and Scotland, as well as occasional papers.  The team also produces Land Business Update, a free fortnightly e-bulletin on the latest property news and issues. 

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