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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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27.05.2022

Farmers reminded about pesticide register deadline

Farmers using plant protection products are reminded of the need to register their details on a new government database by 22 June. It was announced last month that any business which uses Plant Protection Products (PPPs) and adjuvants professionally must register under The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020. The database is being compiled […]
20.05.2022

The UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund – A rural perspective

EU rural development money has been an important source of grant funding for many farms and estates over the years, funding a wide variety of diversification projects and supporting investment in equipment to boost farm productivity. Traditionally, this money has flowed via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Programme (EAFRD), known as ‘Pillar 2’ […]
18.05.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 16th May

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD Basic Payments in England to be paid in two tranches To help the cashflow of farm businesses in England, Basic Payments will now be paid 50% in August (possibly into September) and 50% from December onwards. This change will […]
09.05.2022

7 things to know about the updated Peatland Code

The UK’s Peatland Code has been revised to allow for the quicker delivery of projects and to ensure that the scheme integrates more closely with existing management practices and environment schemes. The Peatland Code is the quality assurance framework for peatland creation projects in the UK, which allows the generation of independently verified carbon units […]
28.04.2022

‘A New Era’ for Highclere Castle

With ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ set to hit the big screen this spring, so a new era is coming to the real-life Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. The owners, Lord and Lady Carnarvon, have appointed Strutt & Parker as managing agents for this internationally significant estate with a mandate to embrace new technology and entrepreneurial […]
27.04.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 25th April

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. ENERGY UK Energy Strategy This long-awaited plan aims to boost UK energy independence and tackle rising prices. It mainly focuses on energy generation and not on energy efficiency. It includes a revised nuclear programme, which will take considerable time to start generating […]
25.04.2022

English Estates & Farmland Market Review – Spring 2022

Agricultural land values in England have reached their highest level since 2016, with the majority of farms and estates now selling for at, or more than, their guide price. The average value of arable land is currently at £9,500/acre – a rise of £100/acre since the end of 2021. This is 2% higher than a […]
21.04.2022

Tool to help landowners spot energy scheme opportunities

Soaring energy prices and the need to replace lost revenues as agricultural incomes come under pressure is driving fresh interest in renewable energy projects on farms and estates. Strutt & Parker’s energy team has access to mapping software to help UK landowners identify if they have land suitable for a renewable energy project, such as […]
20.04.2022

Time to talk about agroecology?

Farming practices developed over the last 100 years have been unimaginably successful in delivering large quantities of food to a global population that has increased almost four fold over that time. However, there is wide acceptance that this has come at a cost in terms of biodiversity, soil health and resulted in fewer, less diverse […]
14.04.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 11th April

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Environment ‘Now or never’ says IPCC on climate change action, which is a ‘file of shame’ for Western countries This third in a trilogy of reports from the IPCC details the options and costs of addressing climate change. It says that if […]
12.04.2022

Rural landlords need clarity over energy standards

Eighteen months have passed since the government first published its consultation on improving the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in privately rented homes. That document set out plans to raise the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy efficiency rating to Band C for new tenancies from 2025 and for all existing tenancies from 2028. The consultation […]
08.04.2022

Updated BPS calculators to help farmers with business planning

Working out precisely how Basic Payments will change on your farm over the next few years – and whether the lump sum scheme is relevant to you – are important business planning exercises. We have updated our Basic Payments calculator, which shows how they will change over the agricultural transition period (2021 to 2028).  It […]
31.03.2022

Relief as autumn muck spreading rules clarified

Defra Secretary of State George Eustice has published updated guidance on the Farming Rules for Water which gives the green light for farmyard manure, slurry and biosolids to continue to be spread in the autumn and winter. The Farming Rules for Water have been a huge area of concern for farmers in England since last […]
31.03.2022

Practical pointers on the 2022 Sustainable Farming Incentive

What is the SFI? The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is one of the three legs of Defra’s Environment Land Management (ELM) scheme, sitting alongside the Local Nature Recovery Scheme and Landscape Recovery Scheme. The basic concept of the SFI is that farmers will be paid for carrying out a list of land management activities which […]
31.03.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 28th March

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Application period for Basic Payment claims now open This year’s application period is important as it will affect the delinked payment that will be paid to farmers from 2024 to 2027. Extra care should be taken if there are any land […]
24.03.2022

Why carbon isn’t the only reason we need more trees

Much has been said about the importance of trees for locking up carbon, but trees also have a crucial role to play as we try to transition away from carbon intensive building materials such as concrete and steel. The farming sector has done a lot of work to get the public to connect with where […]
22.03.2022

8 things to know about delinked BPS payments

Farmers in England will be able to collect a delinked support payment between 2024 and 2027, which they will be eligible for even if they choose to stop farming altogether. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has recently released more details about how it intends to replace the Basic Payment Scheme with delinked payments from 2024. […]
10.03.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 7th March

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. ENVIRONMENT 3.6 billion people already live in areas highly vulnerable to climate change The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the devastating impacts that climate change is already having on people across the world. Almost half of […]
07.03.2022

The future of farm support in Scotland – an update

Farmers in Scotland have been given slightly more detail of how the government intends to take the agricultural sector on the journey to becoming a global leader in sustainable and regenerative agriculture. The Scottish Government has published what it calls ‘the next step’ in delivering its future agricultural support regime which will apply from 2025. […]
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28.02.2022

Agricultural Land Classification

At Strutt & Parker, we have a number of agricultural consultants who are fully trained with the British Society of Soil Science and are able to deliver in-depth soil assessments and Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) Surveys strictly in accordance with the criteria set out under official government guidelines. These surveys will support many different applications, […]
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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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