Strutt & Parker is the appointed managing agent for the Church Commissioners’ Southern Rural Portfolio, working with this major landowner to deliver on a range of sustainable objectives.
The environmental credentials of incoming tenants have become an increasing focus of recent lettings we have carried out on their behalf.
Our goal is to find tenants who can run profitable sustainable farming businesses, while placing a strong focus on the environment and responsible stewardship.
For an insight into the approach being taken by such tenants, the Church Commissioners’ rural asset manager Zara Gower has launched a new ‘In Conversation with’ series.
The first instalment features Scott Norris, a second-generation farmer in Brentwood, Essex, awarded a new farming tenancy of Tan House Farm on the Church Commissioners’ Navestock Estate.
In the article, he talks about his approach to husbandry, how he is utilising technology, and his strategy to enhance biodiversity and the environment during his tenancy.
For example, he is currently in the process of undertaking a carbon audit using the farm carbon toolkit and has plans to enter the farm into mid-tier stewardship with a January 2023 start date.
The mid-tier agreement will involve creating buffer strips abutting watercourses, hedgerow planting and management, woodland edge management and dedicated areas for pollinator flower mixes.