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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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27.10.2020

Pumpkin enterprise taps into consumer demand for Halloween experiences

Halloween has become big business in the UK. In terms of consumer spending, this seasonal event has become one of the biggest dates in the calendar, only eclipsed by Christmas and Easter. There is nothing more synonymous with Halloween than a pumpkin and there are now an estimated 15m pumpkins grown in the UK each […]
21.10.2020

BPS calculators to help farmers plan for 2020-2028 subsidy changes

With the government having confirmed that Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) direct payments will be phased out in England starting in 2021, we know many farmers wish to assess what effect it will have on their farm business profits. Our Farming Department has produced two tools to help you explore and understand what this may mean […]
09.10.2020

Private sales on rise in variable land market

Low supply, varied demand and uncertainty related to the potential impact of Brexit and COVID-19 continue to shape the land market in England. Key messages: 2020 likely to see the lowest amount of land publicly marketed on record Private sales becoming an increasingly large part of the land market Lack of supply continues to push […]
09.10.2020

The future of farm support – tell us what you think

2021 marks the start of a transition for farmers away from direct payments towards a new system of farm support based on rewarding them for the provision of environmental services. Strutt & Parker and the CLA have teamed up to gather the views of landowners and farmers on the future of farm support, through a […]
08.10.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 5th October 2020

FARMING Sustainable Farming Incentive may be ‘stepping stone’ before ELM in England It looks like the basic level of the new Environmental Land Management (ELM), which is the new environmental scheme that replaces the Common Agricultural Policy in England, will be called the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI). It was previously referred to as Tier 1. […]
05.10.2020

Scottish Farming Update – Autumn 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s 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. MARKET UPDATE ARABLE CROPS Global: Grain Production Report  The FAO – (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), are predicting, […]
02.10.2020

10 top tips when looking to buy land or a farm

The opportunity to buy land or a farm is an exciting one, but you are likely to need professional help to find the right property and secure it at the right price. The market for land and farms is a complex one, where local knowledge and specialist experience of where issues can arise during the […]
30.09.2020

English Farming and Covid-19 Business Update – Autumn 2020

Welcome to this quarter’s 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. MARKET UPDATE ARABLE CROPS Global: Grain Production Report  The FAO – (the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN), are predicting, […]
30.09.2020

Q&A with Ece Ozdemiroglu, guest speaker at the UK Forest Market Review

John Clegg & Co (the forestry division of Strutt & Parker), in partnership with Tillhill, will be presenting The UK Forest Market Report 2020 via an online webinar on November 25th. The webinar will feature guest presenter Ece Ozdemiroglu, Founding Director of eftec, the first consultancy in the UK to apply environmental economics to public […]
28.09.2020

Planning use classes – September 2020

It has become an increasingly popular practice in recent years for rural landowners to diversify by changing the use of redundant agricultural buildings to commercial uses, falling within Use Class B1 (office, research and development, industrial processes). Changes to planning use classes, which came into force on 1st September 2020, present an opportunity for further […]
25.09.2020

Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme – What do we know?

Defra is planning to introduce a new temporary scheme to bridge the gap until the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) system is fully working in late 2024. The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme is being billed as a ‘stepping stone’ to support farm incomes and encourage more farmers to change to soil- and wildlife-friendly practices […]
24.09.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 21st September 2020

FARMING Prepare now for Scotland’s Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme This £10m pilot scheme from the Scottish Government offers grants of up to £20,000 for farmers and crofters to purchase equipment which will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the natural environment or support sustainable land use. It is a competitive scheme, with each item […]
23.09.2020

Strutt & Parker in natural capital account collaboration with eftec

Strutt & Parker is delighted to announce a collaboration with leading environmental economists Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec) to help rural landowners enhance and unlock the potential of their natural capital assets. Strutt & Parker worked with eftec last year to produce one of the first natural capital accounts of its kind for a […]
15.09.2020

Mandatory five-year electrical installation tests – a checklist

New regulations which make it mandatory for landlords in England to carry out five-yearly electrical installation tests in private rented housing came into force earlier this summer. The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 mean landlords will have to ensure that electrical wiring, sockets, consumer units and other fixed electrical parts in […]
09.09.2020

Land Business Update | Week Commencing 7th September 2020

Welcome to our update on key land management, farming, planning and energy issues. FARMING Greening amendment form: Countryside Stewardship Farmers can make changes to their Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier or Higher Tier agreements that are due to start on 1st January 2021 due to the scrapping of greening requirements. They can add more land parcels […]
08.09.2020

A country estate revival – Summer 2020

There has been greater activity in the market for country houses and residential estates during the past two months than we have experienced for the past two or three years. The ‘new normal’ of home working, combined with an increased recognition in the wake of Covid-19 of the benefits of a cordon sanitaire, has breathed […]
08.09.2020

Act quickly on Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme

Farmers in Scotland are advised to start their research if they wish to apply for grant support for any of the capital items eligible as part of the Sustainable Agriculture Capital Grant Scheme. The £10m pilot scheme, which offers grants of up to £20,000, has been announced by the Scottish Government as part of its […]
02.09.2020

Legislation to look out for…Renters’ Reform Bill

The Renters’ Reform Bill 2019-20 was included in the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019 with the promise that it would deliver a fairer and more effective rental market. The changes set out in the proposed Bill have significant implications for both landlords and tenants, most notably by reforming the grounds for possession when seeking […]
01.09.2020

Green Home Grant Scheme – Q&A?

The Green Homes Grant Scheme offering up to £5,000 per property for home improvements will open in England in September. The aim of the scheme is to enable homeowners and landlords to upgrade their homes and properties with energy-saving features, such as insulation or double glazing, in order to reduce energy usage and improve the […]
27.08.2020

MEES and listed buildings – a reminder for rural landlords

Landlords worried about meeting updated energy efficiency rules if they rent out listed and heritage properties are reminded they may be eligible to apply for a temporary exemption. Despite Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) first being introduced in 2018 there is still confusion over the rules for listed property or buildings within a conservation area. […]
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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. 

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.

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    CLA RURAL POWER HOUSE WEEK
    We are delighted to be headline sponsor for the CLA Rural Powerhouse Week
  • 25 Nov ‘20
    Forest Market Review
    John Clegg & Co, in partnership with Tilhill Forestry digitally launch of this year’s report.
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