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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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31.01.2023

Game-changing farming technology offers opportunities

Future farms technology is virtually here. But is the fourth agricultural revolution just the territory of scientists and tech buffs, or will it bring immediate opportunities to land managers and help solve the huge challenges society faces? Agriculture has never stood still. The period after the Second World War, for example, saw huge changes as […]
27.01.2023

Scottish Farmland Market Review | Spring 2023

Farmland values in Scotland remain strong with demand robust across all farm types. Analysis of data from the past 12 months shows that overall land prices increased during the first half of 2022, although they flattened off in the autumn. The average value of prime arable land on the east coast was £9,500/acre, but varied […]
27.01.2023

Defra unveils plan to turbocharge SFI and CSS

Defra is trying to turbocharge its Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. Janet Hughes, who is the director at Defra responsible for the Food, Farming and Countryside Programme, provided an update on the ‘prospectus’ for ELM before it was formally released in detail by ministers. She said that she hopes it gives the sector the information […]
26.01.2023

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 23rd January 2023

FARMING AND LAND USE Countryside Stewardship Scheme payment increases clarified but still inequitable for existing agreements Defra has clarified who will receive the new payment rates that were announced at the Oxford Farming Conference on 5th January: Management options – most have increased, by an average of 10%, and will apply to all new and […]
24.01.2023

Scotland announces AECS options for 2023

The Scottish Government has announced that the 2023 Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) application round will open for applications on 30 January 2023. The scheme, which was first introduced in 2015, offers annual payments for a wide range of environmental management options. For example, arable farmers can apply for payments for establishing grass strips and beetle banks, […]
24.01.2023

Solar farms are a vital part of the energy mix

In the summer of 2022, when the sun shone almost continually, there was one issue debated during the Conservative Party leadership elections that particularly caught my attention – solar farms. It seemed that the two hopefuls, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, were both against them. Yet this seemed at odds with our own experiences and […]
20.01.2023

Retirement villages – a growing opportunity for landowners

We are sitting on a demographic time-bomb. Improvements in life expectancy along with declining birth rates means that the UK has an ageing population. According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), around one-fifth of the UK population – or around 12.3m people – was aged 65 or over in 2019 but by […]
18.01.2023

England’s woodland creation grant scheme needs tweaks

The uptake of any new grant scheme can be slow in its first year as people get used to how it works – and so it seems with the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO). Launched in 2021, the Forestry Commission’s most recent grant designed to increase woodland plantings offers fixed rate capital payments and, significantly, […]
18.01.2023

4 reasons to carry out a farm carbon audit

Strutt & Parker’s recent Future of Farming survey, carried out jointly with the Country Land & Business Association, showed that less than a quarter of respondents had carried out a carbon audit of their farming business during the past three years. The numbers are relatively low given a carbon audit is an important first step […]
16.01.2023

Electric vehicle charge point operators seeking new sites

More than a quarter of the new cars sold during November 2022 had a plug, ramping up pressure for the continued expansion of the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The government committed back in 2020 to ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, with all new cars and vans […]
16.01.2023

English Estates & Farmland Market Review – Winter 2022/2023

Strutt & Parker’s Farmland Database shows the price of farmland in England has reached record levels. The average price of arable farmland in England rose by 12% in 2022 to reach £10,600/acre – £600/acre more than the previous peak of the market in 2014 / 15. Meanwhile, the average price of pasture land rose by […]
12.01.2023

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 9th January 2023

FARMING AND LAND USE Countryside Stewardship and SFI 2023 changes in payment rates Defra has announced an increase in the payments under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) to encourage more farmers to sign up.  CSS revenue payments will increase by an average of 10% and capital payments will increase by […]
12.01.2023

Defra announces increases in CSS and SFI payment rates

Defra has announced an increase in the payments on offer under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), to encourage more farmers to sign up to an agreement. The increases were announced by farming minister Mark Spencer at the Oxford Farming Conference. The revenue payments under CSS – which cover a list […]
10.01.2023

A breakthrough on attitudes to forestry and trees

The pre-Christmas gathering at the Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries) conference proved to be a revelation to many in the audience. The new Defra minister with responsibility for forestry and tree planting, Trudy Harrison MP, was dynamic and clear. Statements such as ‘we are serious about trees and forests, we are serious about our ambitions […]
10.01.2023

How climate change is impacting farming systems

Climate predictions indicate extreme weather such as this year’s drought is now the norm. So how can farmers adapt, and how might the climate of the future shape our industry and landscapes? This year, Yorkshire farmer Richard Bramley did something he’d never done in thirty years of farming: he went on holiday in August. The […]
09.01.2023

Strutt & Parker to assist Scottish Land Commission with market insight

Strutt & Parker will be providing insight for a new report commissioned by the Scottish Land Commission on the rural land market in Scotland. The Commission has been monitoring how the rural land market is changing, to better understand the impact of increased levels of demand from non-farming investors keen to produce carbon and biodiversity credits. It […]
05.01.2023

Case Study: A Labour of Love

Finding new ways to maximise the value of assets has allowed one farming family to future-proof their business It was his sister’s wedding in 2008 that gave Guy Taylor the idea which was to change his life and help secure the future of the family farm.  Guests were so complimentary about the 18th Century granary barn […]
20.12.2022

Report reinforces importance of connectivity in rural areas

Improved digital connectivity in rural areas would drive productivity growth, deliver safety benefits, and improve the quality of people’s lives, according to a recent government report on the Benefits of Mobile Rural Coverage. The report, based on a survey of more than 1,000 rural residents, found that many have a level of frustration and anger […]
16.12.2022

7 trends for farmers and landowners to watch in 2023

The economic downturn, the shifting sands of agricultural policy, climate change, the biodiversity crisis and soaring input prices are likely to be critical influences within the rural sector in 2023, according to land and property specialists Strutt & Parker. Rhodri Thomas, Head of Rural at Strutt & Parker, says: “It is clear we are facing […]
14.12.2022

Does the future of solar farms involve agrivoltaics?

The news that a French energy firm is trialling the use of agrivoltaics technology to allow the production of combinable crops and solar energy to co-exist has generated significant interest across the world. Critics of solar farms argue that it is wrong to take land out of agricultural production at a time when food security […]
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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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