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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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26.11.2020

Working from home’ – the implications for landlords

Working from home has gone mainstream in 2020. Research by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), carried out at the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown in April, found that almost half of the population was working remotely. It’s a trend that likely to continue for some time given current government advice is that anyone […]
16.11.2020

Agriculture Act 2020 – a new era in farm and rural policy

The passing of the Agriculture Act 2020 on 11 November 2020 was a significant moment, firing the starting gun on the introduction of a whole new agricultural policy regime for farmers and landowners. There will be many people in the sector who are too young to remember life before the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) […]
13.11.2020

Private vs Public – which way if selling land?

Variable demand and market uncertainty as a result of Covid-19 mean increasing numbers of landowners are looking to sell their land privately, rather than on the open market. There are differing degrees of ‘private’ ranging from the most confidential sales which are only known by the seller and buyer to those which are, in practice, […]
12.11.2020

Plans to increase minimum EPC ratings – advice for landlords

Landlords needing to carry out energy improvements works to meet minimum standards for private rented homes may want to aim for a higher Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating than is currently legally required in anticipation of planned changes to the rules. The government recently published a consultation seeking views on raising the minimum EPC rating […]
11.11.2020

Changes announced to Woodland Creation Planning Grant

Farmers and landowners in England will now find it easier to get financial support for planning new areas of woodland. The Forestry Commission has relaxed the rules for the Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG) to encourage more tree planting. The WCPG is available to farmers and landowners with an interest in planting new woodland, to […]
05.11.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 2nd November 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Government makes concession on imported food standards but still does not guarantee them The government has proposed to amend the Agricultural Bill so that the Trade and Agriculture Commission will be put on a statutory footing and its lifespan extended to three […]
05.11.2020

Developing an electric car infrastructure in the countryside

The electric car market has expanded rapidly in recent years and while electric vehicles currently account for a relatively small proportion of the cars on the road, this picture is expected to change. There were fewer than 10,000 electric cars on the ground at the start of 2010, but that figure is now closer to 250,000, […]
01.11.2020

Environment Land Management System (ELMS) – is it on track?

The Environment Land Management System (ELMS) will form the basis of agricultural policy in England, replacing direct payments made through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) with an environmental scheme paying public money for public goods. Work on the design of ELMS is well under way, and involves a process of Pioneers, tests and trials and […]
30.10.2020

The value of natural capital accounts to farms and estates

Natural capital has become a hot topic for rural landowners over the past five years, as the green agenda has come to the fore. In response to growing concern about the impact of climate change and declines in biodiversity, the government has put a ‘natural capital approach’ at the heart of its Agriculture Bill and […]
30.10.2020

Land Business Tracker October 2020

Welcome to our quarterly tracker of key land management, farming, planning and energy regulation and legislation. In this issue we cover: Implement now: Agriculture Bill 2020 Green Home Grants Scheme Stamp Duty Land tax increase in zero rate band Septic Tanks & Sewage Treatment Plants The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations […]
27.10.2020

Pumpkin enterprise taps into consumer demand for Halloween experiences

Halloween has become big business in the UK. In terms of consumer spending, this seasonal event has become one of the biggest dates in the calendar, only eclipsed by Christmas and Easter. There is nothing more synonymous with Halloween than a pumpkin and there are now an estimated 15m pumpkins grown in the UK each […]
21.10.2020

BPS calculators to help farmers plan for 2020-2028 subsidy changes

With the government having confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) direct payments will be phased out in England starting in 2021, we know many farmers wish to assess what effect it will have on their farm business profits. Our Farming Department has produced two tools to help you explore and understand what this may mean […]
09.10.2020

Private sales on rise in variable land market

Low supply, varied demand and uncertainty related to the potential impact of Brexit and COVID-19 continue to shape the land market in England. Key messages: 2020 likely to see the lowest amount of land publicly marketed on record Private sales becoming an increasingly large part of the land market Lack of supply continues to push […]
09.10.2020

The future of farm support – tell us what you think

2021 marks the start of a transition for farmers away from direct payments towards a new system of farm support based on rewarding them for the provision of environmental services. Strutt & Parker and the CLA have teamed up to gather the views of landowners and farmers on the future of farm support, through a […]
08.10.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 5th October 2020

FARMING Sustainable Farming Incentive may be ‘stepping stone’ before ELM in England It looks like the basic level of the new Environmental Land Management (ELM), which is the new environmental scheme that replaces the Common Agricultural Policy in England, will be called the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI). It was previously referred to as Tier 1. […]
05.10.2020

Scottish Farming Update – Autumn 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. MARKET UPDATE ARABLE CROPS Global: Grain Production Report  The FAO – (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), are predicting, […]
02.10.2020

10 top tips when looking to buy land or a farm

The opportunity to buy land or a farm is an exciting one, but you are likely to need professional help to find the right property and secure it at the right price. The market for land and farms is a complex one, where local knowledge and specialist experience of where issues can arise during the […]
30.09.2020

English Farming and Covid-19 Business Update – Autumn 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. MARKET UPDATE ARABLE CROPS Global: Grain Production Report  The FAO – (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), are predicting, […]
30.09.2020

Q&A with Ece Ozdemiroglu, guest speaker at the UK Forest Market Review

John Clegg & Co (the forestry division of Strutt & Parker), in partnership with Tillhill, will be presenting The UK Forest Market Report 2020 via an online webinar on November 25th. The webinar will feature guest presenter Ece Ozdemiroglu, Founding Director of eftec, the first consultancy in the UK to apply environmental economics to public […]
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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. 

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.

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    CLA RURAL POWER HOUSE WEEK
    We are delighted to be headline sponsor for the CLA Rural Powerhouse Week
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    Forest Market Review
    John Clegg & Co, in partnership with Tilhill Forestry digitally launch of this year’s report.
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