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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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21.05.2020

Strutt & Parker support for new National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise

Strutt & Parker is delighted to announce that it will be one of the founding business service partners of the new National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE). The Centre plans to undertake research and knowledge exchange to support resilience and innovation among rural firms, unlocking the untapped potential of rural economies across the UK. […]
15.05.2020

Let Strutt & Parker take the strain on BPS and CSS

Farmers are showing their usual resilience and fortitude in the face of new challenges and most businesses have already completed their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) application and Environmental (ES) or Countryside Stewardship (CS) claims by the traditional deadline of 15 May. Nevertheless, DEFRA’s decision to extend the claim deadline to 15 June will have been welcomed by […]
14.05.2020

Cereals Live 2020: Rethinking the arable rotation

Arable growers may need to rethink their arable rotation as they strive to improve productivity in an environmentally sustainable way. One of the biggest questions currently facing farmers is how they can adapt their systems to deal with the phasing out of Basic Payments and the introduction of the Environmental Land Management System (ELMS). Growers […]
13.05.2020

The restoration of Scottish peatland

Work on peatland restoration projects may have stopped across the UK but the clear long-term commitment to peatland restoration by both the UK and Scottish governments is a welcome boost.  The UK Peatland Strategy, published in 2018, aims to deliver 2m hectares of peatland in good condition, under restoration or being sustainably managed by 2040. […]
07.05.2020

Covid-19: Impact on the planning system and strategic development

The following is a round-up from Strutt & Parker’s national planning team on changes to the planning system as a result of Covid-19, including key considerations for landowners with strategic land. Planning consents The government’s guidance to local planning authorities is to ensure the planning system continues to function, especially where this will support the […]
07.05.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 4th May 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. COVID-19 Defra to pay 75% of 2019 agri-environment payments as bridging payment The payments are being made to help land managers with cash flow. They will be made in May and be based on 75% of the current estimated value of a claim. […]
06.05.2020

Time to act on Water Capital Grants

Farmers looking to apply for Water Capital Grants under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) need to contact their local Catchment Sensitive Farming Officer (CSFO) before the end of May, if they have not already done so. Valuable capital grants are on offer which will allow farms and estates in England to invest in works designed […]
30.04.2020

COVID-19 insights on retail, offices and residential lettings

Our professional and research teams working across the wider Strutt & Parker and BNP Paribas Real Estate businesses have produced a number of ‘notes from the market’ updates on how different real estate markets have been affected by COVID-19 and offering advice to property owners.   Topics include: Residential letting impacts Retail impacts Office market impacts Student accommodation Please […]
28.04.2020

Farmers support lockdown learning with Farmer Time videos for schools

Farmers are making videos of their daily activities to engage schoolchildren and educate them about the journey of food from farm to fork during the COVID-19 lockdown. Strutt & Parker is a proud sponsor of the Farmer Time initiative, founded by farmer Tom Martin and co-ordinated by LEAF Education, which harnesses digital technology to allow […]
24.04.2020

Farming Update – COVID 19 Business Update II – 20th April 2020

Welcome to this second COVID-19 Business Update for farmers across the UK. We wish to maintain our connections with our readers in this time of uncertainty and keep you informed about subjects we might otherwise have discussed face-to-face. We aim to release a regular short bulletin while restrictions on social interactions are in place. We welcome […]
23.04.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 20th April 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. COVID-19 CLA spring webinar series We are delighted to sponsor the CLA’s series of free live online webinars during the COVID-19 crisis. Each week a different topic will be discussed for around an hour, including a lively a Q&A session, with leading specialists. This week’s […]
21.04.2020

English Farmland Market Review: Spring 2020

FARMLAND MARKET ‘PAUSED’, BUT DEALS IN PIPELINE PROCEEDING Our quarterly review of the farmland market is normally an opportunity for us to give an overview of what is happening based on market data. Given the unusual circumstances, this time our review is less focused on the data, instead aiming to give an insight into how […]
20.04.2020

Hedgerows and Boundary Grant Scheme deadline 1 May

Farmers and landowners in England have until 1 May to apply for capital grants worth up to £10,000 to help pay for the restoration of hedges and stone walls. Farmers – both owner occupiers and tenants – should consider making an application to the 2020 Hedgerows and Boundary Grant Scheme. The scheme falls under the […]
16.04.2020

COVID-19: Key considerations for rural businesses using the Job Retention Scheme

Rural estates and farms with diversified enterprises adversely affected by the coronavirus lockdown may want to take advantage of the Job Retention Scheme, which is also known as the Furlough Scheme. The availability of the scheme has proved to be a lifeline for many rural businesses, which have seen trade for wedding venues, holiday lets […]
09.04.2020

Information for farmers and landowners on rule changes as a result of coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak means that the rules that farms and rural estates are used to following are frequently being updated. Here’s a summary of some of the key developments in areas with implications for farm and estate management: Basic Payment Scheme The deadline for BPS applications (Single Application Form) in  England and Wales has been […]
09.04.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 6th April 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Covid-19 Joint appeal by TFA and CLA for farming landlords and tenants to work together The appeal says that say “neither party should seek to take advantage of the current situation or use it as an excuse to act unreasonably. Both parties should […]
08.04.2020

Farming Update – COVID 19 Business Update

Welcome to this additional Farming Update for the whole of the UK. We want to maintain our connections with our readers in this time of uncertainty and keep you informed about subjects we might otherwise have discussed face-to-face. The aim is to release a short bulletin on a regular basis while there are restrictions on […]
07.04.2020

Health & Safety Update | April 2020

The quarterly Health & Safety Update is designed to assist you in ensuring that you are thinking about topical health and safety matters on your farm or estate.  Health and safety is a vital part of any business operation. The harm caused to employees and the financial cost to employers due to accidents and incidents […]
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Strutt & Parker’s renowned rural publications cover all areas of the industry including identifying drivers and investigating the latest market trends.

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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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What’s happening at Strutt & Parker Rural

  • 13 May ‘20
    CLA Webinar 4 – Residential Lettings
    11am – the webinars are free to attend. To register for this one click the Read More button
    We are delighted to be the lead sponsor for CLA webinars this spring
  • 20 May ‘20
    CLA Webinar 5 – Tourism
    11am – the webinars are free to attend. To register for this one click the Read More button
    We are delighted to be the lead sponsor for CLA webinars this spring
  • 27 May ‘20
    CLA Webinar 6 – The Business of Natural Capital
    11am – the webinars are free to attend. To register for this one click the Read More button
    We are delighted to be the lead sponsor for CLA webinars this spring
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