Countryside Stewardship offers
Date of Article
Feb 19 2018
Farms, Land & Estates

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James works within the firm’s Rural Division and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and a member of the Society for the Environment (CEnv.) James has a broad range of experience and has worked in Yorkshire for over 17 Years.

James specialises in Rural Estate Management, Landlord and Tenant advice, Town and Country Planning, Property Valuation, Renewable Energy Schemes, Farm Subsidies and Compulsory Purchase Compensation.

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John is a rural practice chartered surveyor who joined the Shrewsbury rural team in 2012, having completed a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams in 2010. He routinely deals with the management of rural estates and landlord and tenant matters, specialising in property valuation and the valuation and development of specialist agricultural businesses such as poultry sheds. In his spare time, John enjoys cycling, kayaking and fishing.

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Mark is a rural partner responsible for agency and professional work in East Anglia.

Since qualifying in 1998 Mark has undertaken asset management of institutional rural property, advised landowners, farmers and institutions on strategic development opportunities, provided valuation advice for loan security, tax and expert witness instructions. Mark also undertakes rural professional work such as rent reviews and some estate management. In September 2013 Mark became a partner of Carter Jonas with a regional remit to undertake rural agency and professional work leading the rural team in the Cambridge office.

Mark completed a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a RICS Registered Valuer. Outside of work Mark lives just outside Newmarket, plays hockey, takes part in a small number of sprint triathlons. He is also involved with his local YFC club, Suffolk RABI and the South Suffolk Show Association.

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Christopher is part of the rural team, carrying out management and professional services for private clients in the Newbury area. He specialises in the management of rural countryside estate, providing strategic and day to day management for various estates in Berkshire, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Chris also carries out professional work ranging from sales, purchases, lettings and valuations of country properties to advising on planning applications and entry into countryside grants for farmers.

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Nicola is a Rural Chartered Surveyor, Agricultural valuer and AMC Agent based in Taunton office covering Devon, Somerset and Dorset. She is a RICS registered valuer.

She undertakes a range of professional work from estate management, rural planning, compulsory purchase and compensation and valuations for a variety of purposes.  

A farmer’s daughter from Devon and a keen young farmer of Wellington & Taunton Young Farmers Club.

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Natural England have launched four new Countryside Stewardship offers. Previously criticised for its complexity, the offers have been simplified to support wildlife and are divided into the following categories:

  • Arable Offer
  • Lower Grazing Offer
  • Mixed Farming Offer
  • Upland Offer

These Offers have been designed to deliver a sufficient level of environmental benefits so that scoring is not required. This means, provided the applicant meets the minimum criteria, an agreement offer will be made, unlike the Mid-Tier and Higher-Tier schemes which are competitive.

The scheme will last 5 years from the Agreement Start Date.

The applications closes on 31st July and application packs must be requested before 31st May 2018.

Contact our experts to find out more about the scheme and whether you are eligible for the grant.