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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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14.02.2020

Mountain bike diversification proves a success on Essex estate

Diversification on rural estates and farms is more important than ever as farmers and landowners look to grow revenues from sources other than conventional agricultural production. With agricultural policy changes on the way, many farmers are looking at new diversification projects as part of their strategy to reduce their reliance on direct payments. From mountain […]
11.02.2020

Is 2020 the year to reconsider Countryside Stewardship?

Farmers yet to sign up to the Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) should reconsider its potential, with options on offer that could help boost business resilience as the industry enters a period of change. CSS has now opened for applications for agreements with a 1 January 2021 start date. The scheme may be five years old, […]
04.02.2020

Scottish Farming Update | Spring 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s Scottish Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. Arable crops Global: Grain Production Report According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) the world saw a record […]
04.02.2020

Advice on growing spring barley for harvest 2020

All signs are pointing to a significant rise in the spring barley area in 2020, with it likely to be the crop of choice for many growers where late-drilled winter wheat or spring wheat is not an option. Strutt & Parker’s Crop Production Focus Group, part of the Farming Department, has produced a short guide […]
03.02.2020

English Farming Update | Spring 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s English Farming Update, which is produced by our Farming Research Group and reports on market and administrative issues that affect farmers’ business decisions and on which they may need to act. ARABLE CROPS Global: Grain Production Report According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) the world saw a record […]
03.02.2020

How landlords can plan for new electrical safety check rules

Regulations introducing new electrical safety check rules in the private rented sector in England are expected to come into force later this year in a bid to improve safety for tenants. The new rules, likely to become a legal requirement from this summer, mean landlords – including estates and farm businesses with let residential property […]
03.02.2020

The Agriculture Bill in ten points | February 2020

What was in the previous Agriculture Bill and in this one? 1. Direct payments, also known as Basic Payments, will be phased out to zero from 2021 to 2028, during the ‘agricultural transition period’. 2. Farm support will pay land managers for providing public goods, mainly through the new Environmental Land Management System. The public goods […]
31.01.2020

Key considerations for landowners approached for permission to go metal detecting

Metal detecting has recently hit the headlines, following the jailing of a pair of detectorists who failed to declare the discovery of a £3m Viking hoard on farmland in Herefordshire. It is an activity that has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades, with Department for Culture, Media and Sport statistics revealing that […]
29.01.2020

English Farmland Market Review Winter 2019

The headline is that the market continues to be far more resilient over the past two or three years than some expected. Analysis of our Farmland Database shows that average arable values remain unchanged from 12 months ago at £9,200/acre. However, average values do mask what is essentially a multi-tiered market for farmland. In 2019 […]
28.01.2020

Six consumer trends which offer rural estates diversification opportunities

Understanding shifting demographics and consumer behaviour has never been more important, as rural estates look to diversification opportunities to generate new income and reduce risk. Strutt & Parker experts identify six themes and the opportunities they could bring. The experience matters Consumers are seeking ‘experiences’, so estate owners and retailers are understanding they need to […]
24.01.2020

Scottish Farmland Market Review | Spring 2020

During 2019, there was much comment in the English and Welsh media about a lack of farmland hitting the market. Our colleagues south of the border reported that in 2019 the volume of farmland marketed for sale hit a 10-year low with supply down more than 40% on the previous year. The main rationale was […]
16.01.2020

Clock ticking for applications to Growth Programme

Farmers and food processing businesses looking to diversify or grow their operations have a month left to take advantage of £35m of grant funding available under the latest round of Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) funding. Farm businesses in England that the deadline for initial applications to the government’s Growth Programme is 16 February […]
15.01.2020

Measuring the value of the natural capital on a Yorkshire estate

How best to measure, enhance and monetise natural capital is a challenge facing many rural estates. We highlight how Strutt & Parker is working with Clifton Castle Estate to provide some answers. ‘Shining a spotlight,’ is how Nick Downshire describes a new research report that focuses on his family estate’s natural capital. The document, a […]
14.01.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 13th January 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Queen’s speech and proposed bills Aims of the reintroduced Agriculture Bill will remain the same as before The speech confirmed that the government still intends to phase out Direct Payments over a seven-year agricultural transition period to 2028 in England. The intention […]
08.01.2020

What the low-carbon farming agenda means for farms and rural estates

Climate change and agriculture are inextricably linked, so how will landowners meet the challenge of low-carbon, environmentally-friendly farming and still thrive? Farmers and land managers are on the front line in more ways than one when it comes to dealing with climate change. In tandem with the challenges that extreme weather events, such as heatwaves […]
18.12.2019

Top tips on managing condensation in your home

Condensation is a common problem in older houses and it can get worse over the Christmas period when more people in the home, can mean extra showers, washing and cooking. The signs of condensation are obvious – water running down windows and walls, damp patches, peeling wallpaper and mildew – with common problem areas including […]
18.12.2019

Health & Safety Update | January 2020

This update explores how the Health & Safety Executive contrast the significance of risks with triviality at the opposite end of the scale.  Chainsaws are potentially dangerous machines, so we explore the characteristics of safe operators, key hazards and how to manage them, training and competence requirements, daily checks, personal protective equipment (PPE) needs and […]
18.12.2019

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 16th December

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Headlines The UK Forest Market Report 2019 by John Clegg & Co and Tilhill Forestry It has been another extraordinary year for the forestry market. Over £126m of commercial property transactions were completed, which is the second highest figure in the 22-year […]
11.12.2019

Cost-effective ways to improve a property’s energy performance to meet MEES requirements

The rules that landlords with let residential property are required to meet under Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations are set to tighten within the next few months. From 1 April 2020, the requirement for let homes to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or above will apply to existing residential tenancies, […]
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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 & Tax Advice

Our accounting department, work in close proximity with our team of taxation specialists, who uniquely combine rural and agricultural tax specialists with considerable HM Revenue & Customs and private practice experience.

The departments offer a bespoke service in accounting and taxation including tax planning, inheritance tax advice and the latest government policies all based on decades of exposure 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

  • 12 Feb ‘20
    Chelmsford Land & Property Briefing
    The Lion House Main Road Boreham Chelmsford Essex CM3 3JA
    7.45am Registration and breakfast 8.30am Start 10.00am Finish
  • 25 Feb ‘20
    St Albans Land & Property Briefing
    Rothamsted Conference Centre Harpenden Herts AL5 2JQ
    9.30am Registration 10.00am Start 12.15pm Finish Followed by buffet lunch
  • 28 Feb ‘20
    Stamford Land & Property Briefing
    Harlaxton Manor Harlaxton Grantham NG32 1AG
    8.00am Registration and breakfast 8.30am Start 10.00am Finish
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