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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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25.03.2020

Three-crop rule relaxed and flood recovery fund extended

Defra has announced it is relaxing the three-crop rule for farmers in England, making it easier for farmers to meet the greening requirements of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). It follows a recent decision by the Scottish government to offer a derogation to growers because of the difficulties they are facing in establishing crops for […]
23.03.2020

Defra’s policy discussion document on ELMS – March 2020

In February 2020, Defra published the Environmental Land Management Policy Discussion Document which offers the clearest picture yet of what the new Environmental Land Management System (ELMS) might look like.  It is the system which will be the cornerstone of agricultural policy for English farmers once Basic Payments are fully phased out in 2028. Download our summary […]
16.03.2020

Budget 2020 – key points for farms and rural businesses

Rishi Sunak’s first Budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer was met by relief by farmers after he announced the agriculture industry will retain the current tax relief on red diesel, despite it being abolished for most other sectors. There was also no mention of changes to Agricultural Property Relief (APR) or Business Property Relief (BBR) […]
12.03.2020

The Environment Bill in eight points

1. The new Bill has been published after the previous one failed to complete its passage through parliament before dissolution. 2. Much of it focuses on the further avoidance of decline in environmental quality and monitoring of climate change policies.  It is a very large Bill, with the following parts: Part 1   Environmental governance Part 2   […]
10.03.2020

Scottish Estate Market Review | Spring 2020

Interest in Scottish estates from UK as well as international, and particularly European buyers remains strong, and we observe that there is more optimism in the estate market this spring than in previous years. We base this optimism on what buyers tell us – and we were involved in over 40% of the estates sold […]
10.03.2020

Six ways to make environmental improvements on a farm

For almost 30 years, the Allerton Project has been exploring how to combine productive agriculture with wildlife and environmental improvements. With farming at a crossroads, what lessons can it offer about the route to sustainable intensification? Farmers are under more pressure than ever to raise their environmental performance and deliver public goods to access government […]
06.03.2020

Agriculture Bill Update: How can farmers prepare for the implementation of the Agriculture Bill?

The new Conservative government published a revised Agriculture Bill on 16th January, with the intention that it is passed by Parliament before the UK leaves the EU. It replaces the previous Bill that was published in October 2018 although the majority of the proposals in it are the same. We have summarised its main proposals […]
05.03.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 2nd March 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Environment ELMS will open fully in late 2024 with three ‘tiers’ of entry The government’s latest discussion document on the Environmental Land Management System (ELMS) shows that it is currently considering three ‘tiers’ of entry to the system: Tier 1 will be […]
27.02.2020

13 key points from Defra’s update on the future of farm policy – February 2020

Defra has published a progress update on the implementation of its new farming policy for farmers in England and a discussion document outlining its latest thinking on the rollout of the Environmental Land Management System (ELMS). The key points from Defra’s update for farmers and landowners are as follows: 1. Confirmation that direct payments will […]
21.02.2020

Low-carbon alternatives to gas and oil central heating

For decades, fossil fuel boilers have been the heating system of choice in British homes. It is estimated that eight out of ten homes currently rely on gas, with most users viewing it as a clean, reliable, safe and cost-effective form of central heating. The remaining users opting for heating oil which is viewed as cleaner than […]
20.02.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 17th February 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. Farming Agriculture Bill progresses to discussion in committees after it passes second reading An amendment to the Bill, tabled by Labour, was rejected.  It said that the legislation ‘fails to provide controls on imported agricultural goods, such as chlorinated chicken, and does […]
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 […]
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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 & 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.

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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