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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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24.01.2022

Applications open for Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS)

Grants are now available to support farmers in Scotland adopt low-carbon farming land management practices and protect the environment. The 2022 round of Scotland’s Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) opened for applications on 24 January and will close on 29 April, with a small number of exceptions. Strutt and Parker’s consultants are expecting a huge amount […]
21.01.2022

Improving Farm Productivity grant open

The much anticipated Improving Farm Productivity grant – part of the Farming Investment Fund – is now open to farmers, foresters and growers in England, as well as agricultural contractors. Those planning to invest in their businesses are being urged to consider whether this grant could be suitable for them. To be successful, projects are […]
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20.01.2022

Land Business Tracker | January 2022

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 Agricultural support schemes Changes to permitted development rights allowing commercial premises to be converted into homes The Fire Safety Act 2021 Business rates relief […]
13.01.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 10th January 2022

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Farming Transformation Fund – 40% grant for ‘Improving Farm Productivity’ in England opening in mid-January This is the part of the new Farming Investment Fund: the Farming Transformation Fund provides grants for larger investments. The minimum grant is £35,000, which at […]
21.12.2021

8 key trends driving change in the rural sector in 2022

Land and property specialists Strutt & Parker has highlighted some of the key themes likely to drive change in the rural sector in 2022 and how farmers and landowners might best respond. The rural sector is facing a period of dramatic change and Christmas and New Year is a good time to reflect on future […]
17.12.2021

Critical six months lie ahead for ELM scheme

It has been a long time coming but we are about to see whether the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, in its various forms, has been worth the wait. Lots of people are desperate for it to be a success. Farmers want a practical scheme with clear environmental outcomes and easy-to-deal-with administration. Environmentalists see the […]
10.12.2021

Forestry sector counts the cost of Storm Arwen

Forest plantations across the UK have experienced significant damage due to Storm Arwen, which struck overnight on 26 November. Early indications are that in Scotland it is forests on the eastern side of the country which have been most impacted. While there have been reports of damage in Dumfries and Galloway and Perth and Argyll, […]
09.12.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 6th December

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING DEFRA publishes more details of SFI 2022 including payment rates Farmers in England currently claiming BPS will be able to apply for SFI 2022, regardless of whether they are already in an environmental scheme and provided that the management activities under […]
03.12.2021

2022 Sustainable Farming Incentive options

Defra has published details of the payment rates for the four standards that will be available to farmers in England through the new Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) from Spring 2022. A pilot version of the scheme is currently in place involving nearly 1,000 farmers. However, the government intends to make ‘core elements’ of the scheme […]
01.12.2021

Advice for landowners on managing public access

The Greek physician Hippocrates is credited as saying that ‘Walking is man’s best medicine’. More than 2,000 years later this sentiment still rings true, with growing awareness of the benefits walking in the countryside brings to the public’s mental and physical health. A series of surveys carried out over the past 18 months have highlighted […]
29.11.2021

Unlocking income or capital from unmanaged woodlands

Unless you’ve been hiding under a stump you’ll know there’s been a lot of talk about planting trees in recent months, even Boris Johnson has been getting in on the act. This has been driven mainly by the recognition, that globally, society has a huge mountain to climb to get our greenhouse gas emissions, and […]
25.11.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 22nd November

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FORESTRY Forest Market Report 2021 shows record breaking year for the forestry market The report, which was launched by John Clegg & Co and Tilhill this week, reports that £200.4m of commercial forestry has been traded this year, a slight increase from […]
18.11.2021

Top tips on unlocking opportunity on farms and estates

At this time of rapid change for the rural sector, it can feel very difficult to know where best to invest your time, energy and money within your business. Farmers and landowners are facing a barrage of new challenges from a variety of directions, including a changing policy framework, new environmental and property legislation, changing […]
17.11.2021

17 things to know about Farming Investment Fund grants

1. The Farming Investment Fund offers farmers and contractors in England grant support to help them invest in new farming technology and equipment which will make their businesses more productive and enhance environmental performance. 2. There are two strands to the scheme – the Farming Equipment and Technology Fund (FETF) which is for smaller investments […]
11.11.2021

Balance required on additionality test for woodland carbon

With just under two months to go until Christmas, most politicians seem to have already written their letters to Santa and all appear to have put trees on their lists.  The principal driver is the role that woodland can play in mitigating climate change, because of trees’ ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere and […]
11.11.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 8th November

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Launch of the Farming Innovation Programme The government opened the first round of the Farming Innovation Programme on 20th October 2021, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). A total of £17.5 million is available to fund and support ambitious […]
10.11.2021

Land values in England rise to highest level since 2018

The average value of arable farmland in England rose to £9,700/acre in Q3 2021 – the highest quarterly average since early 2018. The rise is a reflection of historically low levels of supply in the marketplace, combined with firm demand from a wide range of prospective buyers, according to Strutt & Parker’s Q3 2021 English […]
02.11.2021

How to pivot your farming business to deal with loss of BPS

Farmers are facing once-in-a-generation decisions about the direction of their businesses. High commodity prices may help to mask the impact of the 5-25% reduction in Basic Payments (BPS) this winter, but as cuts get deeper from 2022-2027 it will create a problem that has to be addressed. Generating a sufficient financial return from agricultural production […]
26.10.2021

Q&A on plans to extend protected landscapes in England

Natural England recently announced it is working on proposals to expand the area of land in England with protected status, as well as developing activities that will help to drive nature recovery and improve people’s connection with nature. Protected status covers a range of different designations, including land within a National Park or an Area […]
21.10.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 18th October

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Nitrogen fertiliser issues Our farming team’s view is that although political intervention may alleviate the supply shortage, it is unlikely that fertiliser prices will drop very much, if at all. Therefore, it is recommended to review the recommendations in RB209 and […]
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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. 

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.

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.

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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