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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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05.12.2022

Defra’s new direction for ELMs brings pros and cons

Defra has confirmed that an enhanced version of Countryside Stewardship will form the second tier of its Environment Land Management (ELM) scheme, replacing plans for a Local Nature Recovery scheme. The announcement was made by Defra Secretary Therese Coffey who said it was ‘the smart thing to do with public money’, given the Countryside Stewardship […]
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05.12.2022

Meet the natural capital pioneers

Natural capital has been a hot topic in the rural sector for more than a decade, but there is still confusion about what it is, what it involves and what it can deliver for farmers and landowners. We talk to three natural capital pioneers about how they are approaching it and why Managing land with […]
02.12.2022

A positive refresh of forestry policy

The Scottish Government recently announced it will be undertaking a review of the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) that has been running since 2015. With the current pressure on public finances, this might give rise to suspicions that the golden time in forestry could be coming to an end.  However, Scotland’s Environment Minister Mairi McAllan took […]
30.11.2022

The shifting landscape for rural property to let

Rural estates provide a significant amount of rented housing in the countryside, but the prospect of new legislation could have a big impact on the sector A race for rural rentals has seen average rents rise and void periods at an all-time low over the past couple of years. But the cost-of-living crisis and the […]
30.11.2022

Scottish Farming Update |Autumn 2022

Strutt & Parker’s Autumn 2022 Scottish Farming Update is produced by our Farming Research Group and offers an overview of the latest issues affecting farmers’ business decisions. It is an extremely interesting time for farming businesses, given the huge movement we have seen in both output and input prices with varying impacts across all sectors […]
28.11.2022

The great land use policy debate

The conversation around land use has become highly polarised, so all eyes will be on the government’s Land Use Framework for England when it is published next year. We asked a selection of different rural stakeholders about their hopes and fears for the proposed strategy Creating a land use framework – ‘put national interest before […]
24.11.2022

Slurry Infrastructure grant scheme details

Grants of up to £250,000 are available for farmers in England to replace, build or expand existing slurry stores so they have six months’ storage capacity. The Slurry Infrastructure grant is available to tenant farmers and owner occupiers and can be used to pay for tanks, lagoons and concrete stores, as well as large-volume permanent […]
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24.11.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 21st November

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD More confusion and delay over Environmental Land Management schemes in England Defra is planning to significantly change its plans for the new ELM schemes, according to widely leaked details from a stakeholder meeting held in mid-November. Defra has not […]
11.11.2022

Arable volatility budgeting tool highlights cashflow risks

Farming is always difficult to predict – as the old adage goes, when you plant your crops you do not know what you’re going to produce, you do not know how much you’re going to produce and you do not know what you will be paid for it. How many other industries could cope with […]
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10.11.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 7th November

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING AND FOOD Funding available under the Farming Investment Fund in England This table summarises what grants are for and whether they are open. Please speak to Marie Charles for more details or if you are considering an application. When and how […]
10.11.2022

Survey sheds light on farmer attitudes to the environment

The results of a new survey carried out jointly by Strutt & Parker and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has shed new light on farmers’ attitudes to the environment and the future of farming. The Future of Farming survey carried out during June and July 2022 was answered by more than 200 respondents, […]
04.11.2022

0% VAT reminder on installation of energy saving measures

Land and property owners are reminded that 0% VAT is available on the installation of certain energy saving materials in residential accommodation which will help to lower future bills and carbon emissions. The provisions, introduced in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement earlier this year, apply across Great Britain and last until 31 March 2027. After this […]
04.11.2022

Energy Update | Autumn 2022

The impact of soaring energy costs has dominated the headlines in recent months, with volatility in international gas markets rapidly driving up prices. Our energy team has been extremely busy looking at opportunities for rural businesses to mitigate these rises and/or generate returns by moving into renewable energy production.    We can help advise you […]
26.10.2022

Health and Safety Focus: Autumn 2022

Farming remains one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, with agricultural fatality rates about 20 times higher than the average seen across the whole of UK industry. Construction, which is another sector where many of our rural clients have an interest, is also high risk. Managing your health and safety responsibilities can be […]
25.10.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 24th October

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING More land let under Farm Business Tenancies but overall let area falls The area of land let under Farm Business Tenancies (FBTs) grew by 2% in 2021 and the area let under Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) tenancies fell by a similar […]
24.10.2022

English Farming Update: Autumn 2022

Strutt & Parker’s Autumn 2022 English Farming Update is produced by our Farming Research Group and offers an overview of the latest issues affecting farmers’ business decisions. It is an extremely interesting time for farming businesses, given the huge movement we have seen in both output and input prices with varying impacts across all sectors […]
21.10.2022

Positive outlook for forestry despite economic headwinds

There has been a lot said in recent years about the importance of trees for our future. Forestry can deliver wide-ranging benefits – from helping to address the threat of climate change through to improving health and wellbeing. Over recent months the UK’s economic outlook has started to look less positive, we have seen rises […]
14.10.2022

Understanding the Woodland Carbon Code’s additionality rules

New woodlands (afforestation) sequester carbon from the atmosphere and there is potential to trade this carbon. However, in order to be eligible for carbon funding, applicants have to prove they would not have gone ahead with the project without the carbon funding ie, the carbon produced must be in addition to business as usual. The […]
10.10.2022

English Estates & Farmland Market Review – Autumn 2022

Farmland is climbing in value with the average price of arable land in England forecast to reach £10,000/acre by the end of the year. Analysis of Strutt & Parker’s Farmland Database, which records the details of all farms, estates and blocks of publicly marketed farmland in England over 100 acres, shows that more than 50% […]
06.10.2022

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 3rd October

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Government carrying out ‘rapid review’ of agricultural policy The government, through Defra, has issued a statement saying that it does not ‘intend to go back on its commitment to the environment’ or delay proposed Environmental Land Management schemes. It says that […]
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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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