Rural Estate Management Today

Published: 29/05/2023 By Jack Edwards

Rural Estate Management is currently facing a changing landscape and is one that is coming under more pressure. Rural Estates generally comprise a mixed portfolio which can include land, commercial and residential properties and whilst these have changed and adapted over the centuries we are now at a point in time when Estate owners are faced with a more distinct set of challenges in a much shorter timeframe.

Global concerns, changing domestic policy and external pressures have resulted in some Estates having to adapt to survive. Changing farming policy and the gradual reduction in direct support payments from BPS towards rewarding landowners through more environmentally focused farming is already happening. In addition to this, we are likely to see further opportunities in providing land for Biodiversity Net Gain and collaborative farming.    

With the lack of support from farming subsidies, many Estates are looking towards diversification projects to create new income streams. For instance, we have recently been involved in creating a renewable solar energy generation project on roof space on an Estate and are currently exploring the conversion of a redundant building into commercial space.    

Estate Management is evolving. At Symonds & Sampson, we recognise the challenge of identifying the right opportunities for Estate owners in order to maximise their assets.

Each generation of land and estate owner hopes that their legacy will be to leave their property in a better condition.  Although many are now finding themselves at a point in time where they are faced with a number of great challenges, there is also a wealth of opportunities for rural estates.  

Working with a variety of landowners throughout the residential, commercial and agricultural property sectors, Symonds & Sampson offer tailored and comprehensive management services throughout Dorset, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. Click here for details or contact Jack Edwards,in our Salisbury Office on 01722 334323 or our Property & Estate Management Team (below) in your nearest office. 

Meet the Property & Estate Management Team


Many of our Surveyors are experienced in all aspects of rural and residential property, please contact a member of our team in your nearest office. Our Commercial estate managers are listed further down the page.

Chris Powell


Rural Partner
Devizes

BSc(Hons) MRICS FAAV


Department: Devizes Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional,
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, BPS, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Estate Management, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Promotions, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning

01380 710535
07375 370163
cpowell@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Jack Edwards


Partner
Salisbury

MRICS FAAV


Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Salisbury Rural and Agricultural
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Planner, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves

01722 334323
07747 888385
jedwards@symondsandsampson.co.uk

A-J Monro (Andrew)


Partner, Head of Professional Services
Wimborne

BSC(Hons) MRICS FAAV APAEWE

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Wimborne Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, AMC, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farm Finance, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves



01202 882103
07867 555838
amonro@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Edward Dyke


Partner
Sturminster Newton

FRICS FAAV



Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Sturminster Newton Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, AMC Boundary Disputes, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, Promotions, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves
01258 474261
07787 128286
edyke@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Patrick Woodford


Partner
Bridport, Poundbury Burraton House

MRICS FAAV

Department: Bridport Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Burraton Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Biodiversity Net Gain,  Boundary Disputes, Compensation, Development Land, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Estate Management, Expert Witness, Farm Business Tenancies, Grass Keep, Option Agreements, Options, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, Promotions, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves


01308 426922
pwoodford@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Richard Miller


Managing Partner
Dorchester, Poundbury Burraton House

MRICS FAAV

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Dorchester Rural and Agricultural, Burraton Rural and Agricultural

Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Boundary Disputes, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Development Land, Easements, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Option Agreements, Options, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, Promotions, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Tax Planning, Valuations, Wayleaves


01305 236574
rmiller@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lucy Carnell


Rural Surveyor
Yeovil

BSc (Hons) MRICS 


Department: Yeovil Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Service: BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Easements, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Preparations of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Valuations, Wayleaves


01935 382901
07940256550
lcarnell@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Meet the Commercial Property & Estate Management Team


Our Commercial Property Managers.

Ryan Holmes


Commercial Partner
Dorchester, Poundbury Burraton House

DipSurvPract AssocRICS MARLA

Department: Commercial, Dorchester Commercial, Burraton Commercial
Speciality: Commercial Property Management, MANCO, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Commercial Rent Reviews, Valuations, Commercial Sales, Commercial Lettings, Lease Renewals, Rent Reviews, Estate Management, Leisure, Commercial Agency, Block Management, Managing Agent



01305 261008
rholmes@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Jan Merriott


Commercial Manager
Dorchester, Poundbury Burraton House

BSc. MRICS

Department: Commercial, Dorchester Commercial, Burraton Commercial
Speciality: RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Commercial Rent Reviews, Valuations, Commercial Sales, Commercial Lettings, Lease Renewals, Rent Reviews, Estate Management, Commercial Development, Commercial Agency, Commercial Land



01305 261008
jmerriott@symondsandsampson.co.uk

George Rogers


Commercial & Valuation Surveyor
Yeovil

BSc MRICS

Service: Professional, Commercial, Yeovil Commercial
Speciality: RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Commercial Rent Reviews, Valuations, Commercial Sales, Commercial Lettings, Lease Renewals, Rent Reviews, Commercial Development, Commercial Agency, Commercial Land


01935 382902
07375284964
grogers@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lorna Wyatt


Commercial Management Surveyor
Dorchester

BSc (Hons) AssocRICS MARLA 

Department: Commercial, Dorchester Commercial, Burraton Commercial, Professional
Service: Commercial Property Management, Estate Management, Block Management, Managing Agent


01305 756953
07557 749818
lwyatt@symondsandsampson.co.uk