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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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04.07.2022

Why hope is growing that elm trees can make a comeback

Strutt & Parker was delighted to sponsor the Future of the Elm Tree conference on restoring elm to the landscape, held at Kew Gardens on 28 June 2022. The best conferences inspire you – they make you want to learn more and do more – and this was one of those. Opening the conference, organised by the Institute of […]
01.07.2022

Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme open

The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) is now open to all farmers in England, with the focus being on measures to improve soil health. Anyone who currently receives Basic Payments can apply to the SFI and there is no application deadline – farmers can sign up at any time. There are three standards available initially, but […]
28.06.2022

Guidance on ‘stacking’ ecosystem services payments

Landowners looking to combine a range of revenue streams by delivering different ecosystem services on the same parcel of land are to be given greater clarity about what will and won’t be possible. It is widely recognised that land managers are likely to need to ‘stack’ or layer payments for delivering a range of different […]
23.06.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 20th June

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Take part in the CLA and Strutt & Parker’s ‘Future of Farming’ survey The survey aims to capture farmer attitudes to some of the new schemes being introduced, identify how farms and estates are trying to build resilience and explore how […]
17.06.2022

Sussex Wine wins legal protected status

Sussex wine producers are toasting the future after winning geographical protected status for wines produced in both East and West Sussex. Sussex Wine has joined the family of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) under the new UK Geographical Indication (GI) scheme. The announcement made by Defra just ahead of the start of English Wine Week […]
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14.06.2022

New sources of funding available to Scotland’s farmers

Funding of up to £3,700 is now available to all Scottish farmers through the Farm Advisory Service to help them access tailored and specialist advice from farm advisors. Strutt & Parker’s farm consultancy team would be pleased to talk to anyone who would like to take advantage of the funding options while they are in […]
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09.06.2022

Strongest market for farmland since 2015

Arable land values in England have jumped by more than a third over the past decade, with further prices rises anticipated, despite new pressures presented by recent interest rate rises and inflation. Land agents are seeing the strongest farmland market since prices peaked in 2015, with most farms and estates launched this Spring going under […]
08.06.2022

Effective risk management key to future arable profits

A simplified ‘business risk register’ could help arable growers manage the higher level of risk they are facing next season because of inflationary pressures and market volatility. High commodity prices means that good margins should be achievable for 2022 and, to a lesser extent 2023, but the hikes growers have seen in fertiliser, fuel, machinery […]
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06.06.2022

Grants of up to £300,000 for farmers to ‘add value’

A new scheme offering grants of up to £300,000 to enable farmers and landowners in England to add value to agricultural products is now open. Defra has released guidance on a new ‘Adding Value’ grant which is the third stream of funding being offered through the Farming Transformation Fund (FTF). Previous rounds of the FTF have […]
01.06.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 30th May

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Adding Value grant opening in England in June The final scheme under the Farming Transformation Fund, the Adding Value grant, will be opening for applications in June, with a total funding pot of £30m. Farmers, growers and processors will have six […]
01.06.2022

Demand for UK vineyard land shows no sign of slowing

Demand for UK vineyard land shows no sign of slowing The growth in the UK wine sector in recent years has been nothing short of astonishing, with vineyards and land suitable for vines attracting premium prices as a result. According to the trade body WineGB, there are now about 800 vineyards in the UK and there […]
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27.05.2022

Farmers reminded about pesticide register deadline

Farmers using plant protection products are reminded of the need to register their details on a new government database by 22 June. It was announced last month that any business which uses Plant Protection Products (PPPs) and adjuvants professionally must register under The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020. The database is being compiled […]
20.05.2022

The UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund – A rural perspective

EU rural development money has been an important source of grant funding for many farms and estates over the years, funding a wide variety of diversification projects and supporting investment in equipment to boost farm productivity. Traditionally, this money has flowed via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development Programme (EAFRD), known as ‘Pillar 2’ […]
18.05.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 16th May

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD Basic Payments in England to be paid in two tranches To help the cashflow of farm businesses in England, Basic Payments will now be paid 50% in August (possibly into September) and 50% from December onwards. This change will […]
09.05.2022

7 things to know about the updated Peatland Code

The UK’s Peatland Code has been revised to allow for the quicker delivery of projects and to ensure that the scheme integrates more closely with existing management practices and environment schemes. The Peatland Code is the quality assurance framework for peatland creation projects in the UK, which allows the generation of independently verified carbon units […]
28.04.2022

‘A New Era’ for Highclere Castle

With ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ set to hit the big screen this spring, so a new era is coming to the real-life Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. The owners, Lord and Lady Carnarvon, have appointed Strutt & Parker as managing agents for this internationally significant estate with a mandate to embrace new technology and entrepreneurial […]
27.04.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 25th April

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. ENERGY UK Energy Strategy This long-awaited plan aims to boost UK energy independence and tackle rising prices. It mainly focuses on energy generation and not on energy efficiency. It includes a revised nuclear programme, which will take considerable time to start generating […]
25.04.2022

English Estates & Farmland Market Review – Spring 2022

Agricultural land values in England have reached their highest level since 2016, with the majority of farms and estates now selling for at, or more than, their guide price. The average value of arable land is currently at £9,500/acre – a rise of £100/acre since the end of 2021. This is 2% higher than a […]
21.04.2022

Tool to help landowners spot energy scheme opportunities

Soaring energy prices and the need to replace lost revenues as agricultural incomes come under pressure is driving fresh interest in renewable energy projects on farms and estates. Strutt & Parker’s energy team has access to mapping software to help UK landowners identify if they have land suitable for a renewable energy project, such as […]
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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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