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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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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 […]
08.10.2021

Nitrogen fertiliser shortages – what can farmers do?

The current shortage of nitrogen fertiliser within the UK and the impact this is having on prices is the topic dominating discussions in farming circles. Producers who still have fertiliser to buy are grappling with whether they should lock in their supplies now, despite prices having risen from £280/t to £450/t and more in just […]
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30.09.2021

Future of farm support in Wales

Farmers in Wales have finally been given a clearer picture of the timing of the introduction of a new system of farm support. The Welsh Government has confirmed that the current Basic Payment Scheme will continue in its existing form for 2022 and 2023, subject to the UK government making enough funding available through the […]
30.09.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 27th September

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Gene-editing of plants for research purposes to be allowed in England The UK government will introduce regulations by the end of 2021 to allow scientists to conduct field trials of gene-edited crops. It will also propose new legislation which changes the […]
23.09.2021

Plan now for launch of Farming Investment Fund grants

Farmers in England who are considering investing in equipment and technology to raise productivity or adopt climate-friendly farming techniques are advised to start their research now, so they are ready for the opening of the Farming Investment Fund application window. Defra is planning for the fund to open in October and given the scheme is […]
16.09.2021

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 13th September

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Countryside Stewardship facilitation fund will reopen in December It provides money for groups of land managers in England to work together to improve the environment. This year’s fund also includes support for improving air quality through slurry management and reduction of […]
16.09.2021

Strutt & Parker delivering Farm Business Reviews for AHDB

Strutt & Parker is pleased to announce that it will be working with AHDB to deliver its Farm Business Reviews (FBR) service, funded by Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund. This free service offers farmers in England access to a combination of online tools, expert advice and peer support to help them prepare for the phasing […]
13.09.2021

English Farming Update – Summer 2021

Welcome to this quarter’s Farming Update produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ to act. OVERALL GLOBAL AND UK HARVEST UPDATE ARABLE CROPS Global and UK Grain Market World market supply and demand is driving domestic markets, with weather and production concerns in western Europe, northern […]
06.09.2021

Progress report on the Path to Sustainable Farming

The government published The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024 in November 2020, setting out Defra’s plans to reduce Basic Payments and outlining how the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme will be phased in. Over the intervening months, Defra has published a series of updates and progress reports on […]
06.09.2021

Tree Health pilot scheme opens in England

Land managers in England with trees or woodlands affected by some specific pests and diseases may be eligible to take part in a new pilot Tree Health Scheme. The three-year pilot scheme will initially focus on tackling trees and woodland affected by ash dieback, Phytophthora ramorum in larch or sweet chestnut, sweet chestnut blight and […]
06.09.2021

Land Business Tracker September 2021

Welcome to our quarterly tracker of key land management, farming, planning and energy regulation and legislation. In this issue we cover: Implement now: Agricultural support schemes Stamp Duty Land Tax increase in zero rate band Changes to permitted development rights allowing commercial premises to be converted into homes Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 successions – changes […]
03.09.2021

A quick guide to Defra’s Landscape Recovery Scheme

Defra has shared details of its Landscape Recovery Scheme pilot – the ‘top tier’ of the three different Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes in development. The Landscape Recovery Scheme will be available in England to support the delivery of landscape and ecosystem recovery through long-term (20 years +), land use change projects, including projects to […]
01.09.2021

Land Business Update Week Commencing 30th August 2021

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Agricultural Transition Plan in England poster There are over 15 elements of the Agricultural Transition Plan in England – and that excludes changes to existing schemes. We have produced a hopefully simple poster that sets out, by scheme, the start and […]
16.08.2021

Updated impact assessment shows impact of changes to farm support

One in three farmers is yet to start to prepare for life without Basic Payments, according to a recent survey by Farmers Weekly for its new Transition initiative – a programme of content designed to help farming businesses secure a sustainable future, which Strutt & Parker and BNP Paribas Real Estate is supporting. Strutt & […]
13.08.2021

Land Business Update: Week Commencing 16th August 2021

FARMING AND FOOD Catchment Sensitive Farming advice now available to all farms in England The programme provides free face-to-face advice to land managers to help them reduce water and air pollution through management of farmyard manure and soils. It is, at least in part, responsible for a cut in serious water pollution incidents of about […]
13.08.2021

Book tickets for 2021 UK Forest Market Report

Forestry is in the political and media spotlight like never before, but how is this increased awareness of the potential of trees affecting the UK commercial forestry and woodland investment market? The government has an annual UK planting target of 30,000ha of new trees to 2050, with the forestry and woodland sector regarded as having […]
11.08.2021

How Domaine Evremond’s vision is becoming a reality

There was a host of headlines when it emerged back in 2015 that the French Champagne House Taittinger was involved in a joint venture to start producing premium sparkling wine made in Kent. Domaine Evremond – a collaboration between Champagne Taittinger, their UK wine partner and premium wine specialist Hatch Mansfield and private investors – had […]
06.08.2021

How to protect your heirs from solar farm lease problems

Large-scale solar farms (80-200 acres plus) are now financially viable without the need for subsidy and there are plenty of solar developers keen to get their hands on farmland sites. Solar farms can be a good opportunity for farmers and landowners – with income from farming expected to come under financial pressure over the next […]
05.08.2021

Spreading organic manures on farmland – what’s new?

The Environment Agency has issued a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS 252) to clarify the rules for farmers in England governing when they can apply farmyard manures, slurry, AD digestate and sewage sludge onto farmland. New Farming Rules for Water (FrfW) were introduced in April 2018 which stated that to prevent water pollution any applications of […]
03.08.2021

Businesses we admire: Deene Park Estate

Deene Park Estate in Northamptonshire has opened up new income streams by working with its tenants to implement a whole-estate plan for Countryside Stewardship. When one of your ancestors led the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, it is perhaps not surprising to find the pioneering spirit still alive and well in […]
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What’s happening at Strutt & Parker Rural

  • CLA Institutional Landowners’ Conference 
    20th October 2021
    Hallam Conference Centre in London
    We look forward to sponsoring this event
  • Forest Market Report London
    23rd November 2021
    London
    Join Tilhill and John Clegg & Co as we ask ‘What’s Next for Woodland?’
  • Forest Market Report Edinburgh
    24th November 2021
    Edinburgh
    Join Tilhill and John Clegg & Co as we ask ‘What’s Next for Woodland?’

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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