The Importance of Grazing Licences

Published: 06/03/2024 By Ella Witteridge

Spring is coming, the relentless rain will eventually stop, we'll enjoy brighter days and the grass will be growing. Landowners may be starting to think about letting their land, and graziers are often looking for further grass keep for grazing or silage. Graduate Surveyor Ella Witteridge from our Axminster Office explains why it is essential to use a proper licence when letting land.

A grazing licence grants the grazier access to land for a period of less than a year and in most cases runs from 1st April – the end of October. The landowner is usually responsible for the maintenance of the land including hedges, fencing, ditches etc and the grazier would be paying the landowner for the crop of grass whether it is for grazing or mowing purposes.

One of the main benefits of a grazing licence is that it enables the landowner to retain the rights over their land and most importantly still be seen as ‘actively farming’. This in turn helps them in terms of claiming and retaining agricultural subsidies and for Inheritance Tax purposes. Having a simple written agreement in situ provides good evidence of this, as convenient as it may be to only have a ‘handshake agreement’ in place which may not prove legally to be sufficient.

Whether you are the landowner or the grazier, it is important to consider all aspects of an agreement, be it a Grazing Licence or Farm Business Tenancy prior to entering into one and be sure it is right for you and your business.

Our rural agents have been acting on behalf of farmers and landowners throughout the region. We will ensure that when letting land, the most suitable form of agreement is selected to maximise the potential of your land. For further information, please scroll down this page to find the farm tenancy and grass keep experts in your nearest office.

Symonds & Sampson's dedicated farm agents offer a range of services to farmers and landowners. They are here to help you make the best decisions, ensuring that the buying, selling, letting and managing of your most valuable asset is straight-forward and rewarding. For further details, please click here.



Meet the Tenancies & Grass Keep Team


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

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

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

Chris Powell


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

Greg Ridout


Partner, Head of Agricultural Auctions
Frome Market, Yeovil

MRICS


Department: Yeovil Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Rural and Agricultural, Agricultural Auctions, Frome Market Rural and Agricultural
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, AMC, BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Farm Business Tenancies, Farm Finance, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Planner, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations

01935 382909
07817 517467
gridout@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Andrew Tuffin


Partner, Head of Farm Agency
Frome Market, Sturminster Newton

BSc (Hons) MRICS FAAV


Department: Sturminster Newton Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional, Frome Market Rural and Agricultural, 
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agriculture BPS, Contract Farming, Development Land, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Valuation, Valuations for Banks

01258 472244
07970 208825
atuffin@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lester Williams


Partner, Auctioneer
Frome Market, Sherborne

MRICS FAAV


Department: Frome Market Rural and Agricultural, Sherborne Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agriculture, Biodiversity Net Gain, Boundary Disputes, BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Contract Farming, Diversification, Easements, Energy, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Preparation of Plans for Land Registry, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Telecoms, Valuations, Valuations for Banks, Wayleaves

01935 818513
07778 646031
lwilliams@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Ross Willmington


Partner
Axminster

DipAgFM MRAC


Department: Axminster Rural and Agricultural, Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agricultural Appraisals, Agricultural, BPS, Compensation, Compulsory Purchase, Easements, Estate Management, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Valuations, Wayleaves


01297 33122
rwillmington@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

Will Wallis


Partner, Auctioneer
Dorchester, Frome Market, Poundbury Burraton House

MRICS FAAV

Department: Rural and Agricultural, Dorchester Rural and Agricultural, Frome Market Rural and Agricultural, Burraton Rural and Agricultural, Professional
Speciality: Agricultural Tenancies, Agriculture, BPS, Contract Farming, Development Land, Farm Business Tenancies, Farms and Land, Grass Keep, Probate, RICS Registered Valuer, RICS Valuer, Rural Grants and Subsidies, Tax Planning, Valuations, Valuations for Banks


01305 236572
wwallis@symondsandsampson.co.uk

Lucy Carnell


Rural Partner
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