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At Strutt & Parker our goal is to help our clients enjoy their land to the full, while ensuring their commercial success and long-term viability. We are entering a period of rapid transformation in the countryside, with key drivers including Brexit, climate change, radical advances in technology and changing public expectations of what land should be used for. As landowners develop their strategies for the future, having access to the right expertise is crucial. This area of our website draws together guidance and market analysis on topical issues relating to land and estate management, farming, rural diversification, forestry, viticulture and rural planning.

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08.07.2020

Managing health and safety risks during harvest 2020

Farmers are required to assess and manage Covid-19 risks during the harvest period as part of their wider legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their farmworkers. Farm businesses have continued to operate throughout the coronavirus outbreak, with social distancing and hygiene measures in place, but the run up to harvest is a […]
02.07.2020

Planning permission deadlines extended until 2021

The government has agreed to extend planning permission deadlines in England in a move which will support landowners with development interests. Recent data published by the government estimated that by the end of June 2020, more than 400 residential permissions providing more than 24,000 new homes would have expired since the start of lockdown with […]
01.07.2020

Save the Date – The UK Forest Market Report to Launch on 25 November 2020

What has been the impact on forestry investment as a result of lockdown in 2020? What are the emerging new trends? What role does woodland creation really play in our net zero ambitions? John Clegg & Co, in partnership with Tilhill Forestry, will answer these questions and more at the launch of this year’s UK […]
25.06.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 22nd June 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Contract Farming Agreement survey published for harvest 2019 Total income to the farmer averaged £392/ha and income to the contractor was £395/ha – both above the five-year average. The survey is based on the results of 76 agreements covering more than 20,000 […]
22.06.2020

Renewable energy update: Where next for landowners?

Ten years after the introduction of the government’s flagship Feed-in Tariff, renewable energy subsidies may have almost disappeared, but the sector is entering a new era promising opportunities for farmers and landowners. Green energy technology has advanced greatly over the past decade, costs in many areas have fallen considerably, and political pressure to decarbonise our […]
22.06.2020

Nature’s bounty

The term ‘ecosystem services’ has become more familiar as climate change has risen in importance in the nation’s psyche. Despite this, there is still widespread confusion about what it means and the opportunity it might present to landowners. Part of the problem is coming up with a simple, practical explanation of what ecosystem services actually […]
18.06.2020

How the market for carbon credits will increase UK tree planting

Trees were a hot topic during the last General Election campaign, with all political parties making pledges to ratchet up levels of planting. In the March Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed a £640m funding package in England and Wales with a promise to plant 30,000 hectares annually between 2020 and 2025 – more than double […]
17.06.2020

Top tips for making a mid-tier CSS application

Farmers still have enough time to make an application for mid-tier Countryside Stewardship for an agreement with a 1 January 2021 start date. Requests for an online application pack must be made by 30 June, with the deadline for applications to be submitted being 31 July. The benefits of a mid-tier CSS agreement include locking […]
15.06.2020

Land Business Tracker | June 2020

Welcome to our quarterly tracker of key land management, farming, planning and energy regulation and legislation. In this issue we cover: Implement now: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates Agriculture Bill 2019-20 Drone operator registration Septic Tanks & Sewage Treatment Plants The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 Energy […]
15.06.2020

Forestry Sector Remains Strong in First Half of 2020

The commercial forestry sector has remained buoyant in the first half of 2020 with demand outstripping supply and pricing continuing at a robust level. As we launch 13 new properties to the market this month, amounting to 2,400 hectares and with a combined asking price of more than £10.7million, it will be interesting to test […]
12.06.2020

Regional Round-up of Harvest Prospects and Trends for Cropping in 2021

Strutt & Parker’s farming consultants offer a regional insight into crop prospects for harvest 2020 and how growers are approaching the 2021 cropping season. Common themes and key messages: Caution about selling too much grain forward, because of pessimistic outlook for yields. Growers should see significant savings in fungicide spend because of the dry 2020 […]
11.06.2020

Key Considerations for Crop Planning for Harvest 2021

After a busy spring, now is the time for farmers to reflect on the past year and assess how to get their rotations back on track after an incredibly challenging 12 months. Our clients and most growers will have a draft cropping plan for next year, but there still remains some flex in this depending […]
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11.06.2020

What Biodiversity Net Gain will mean for landowners

The drive to build more homes in the UK is set to open up a new market opportunity for farmers and landowners, through the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). Biodiversity Net Gain is widely seen as one of the main changes – if not the main change – in the Environment Bill, which is working its […]
09.06.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 8th June 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. COVID-19 Private holiday lets could reopen by early July Self-let properties are likely to be among the first types of accommodation to be allowed to reopen, as they should present a ‘lower risk’ of spreading coronavirus. Campsite and holiday park owners have […]
09.06.2020

English Contract Farming Agreement Survey | June 2020

The 2019 year produced some good yields and better crops compared with the drought-hit harvest of 2018. However, this large wheat crop put prices under pressure and so limited the increase in crop receipts. Slightly higher variable and fixed costs were partially offset by higher than expected Basic Payments. Overall, net margins were up by just […]
05.06.2020

Dare to share: The benefits of joint venture agreements in farming

Collaboration between neighbouring farmers can deliver meaningful cost savings and open up opportunities for generating new income.  So could a joint venture be the right path for your farming business? It is 14 years since the creation of TS Arable – a joint venture which farms about 2,000ha of combinable crops based at Harps Farm […]
04.06.2020

Covid-19 – Update on government support for rural businesses

The government continues to develop its package of support for businesses suffering business disruption as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. It is not too late for rural businesses to apply for this support if they have not already done so and are currently facing cashflow difficulties. Some of the key options include: Bounce Back […]
02.06.2020

The Power of Positive Thinking for Rural Business Leaders

Running a successful land-based business calls for a range of personal attributes – and one that can be overlooked is the power of positive thinking. British farmers take a huge amount of pride in the welfare of their livestock. They do it brilliantly because it’s the right thing to do and because, as they often […]
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 60 UK offices and our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate.

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.

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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