Lucy Carnell is a Rural Chartered Surveyor who qualified in 2019. She works within the busy Agricultural and Professional department in the Yeovil office. Her work is hugely varied and no two days are the same, but here she gives a taster of what might be going on.
The day starts with a walk around our flock of sheep, accompanied by my faithful companion Pongo. A shower, breakfast, and it’s a half hour drive to the office, ready for a busy day for me - and a day’s snoozing and socialising for Pongo.
After responding to various calls and emails from the previous evening, I plan the day’s to-do list. My work is extremely varied and no two days are ever the same. Today, I have an enquiry about a Red Book valuation for probate, a compensation claim I’m handling, a farm we are selling, and a request for a quotation for preparing a Farm Business Tenancy for a prospective new client.
It’s also a busy time of year for applications for Countryside Stewardship grants, and having already held the initial meetings with my client and decided on the management options, I start to draw up the plans to accompany the application. Meeting a client in person is invaluable to understand their whole farming system, to ensure the most suitable options for the land in question have been selected. Once the plans have been completed the application forms will be sent off to the Rural Payments Agency for their consideration.
A breath of fresh air and stretch the legs at lunchtime, and I’m heading out for the afternoon’s meetings.
My first appointment of the afternoon is a Market Appraisal of a parcel of agricultural land just outside of Yeovil. I suggest that the land should be sold by public auction, a method of sale which has proved very successful for selling blocks of this type in the past. Our auctions are currently held online via a Live Stream system, and I could reassure the prospective vendor that buyers and sellers alike have embraced the virtual auction process, with prices every bit as strong as one might expect in the auction theatre.
Back into Yeovil then to carry out a probate valuation of a property. I inspect the house and take internal measurements before heading back to the office to look up comparable evidence and draft a report.
Last but not least is a debrief with colleagues within the department to run through existing projects and upcoming work, before a final few calls, emails, and Pongo and I head home for the evening.
Lucy works from our Yeovil office, covering a wide range of Farm Agency and Rural Services throughout West Dorset and Somerset. Contact her by email or on 01935 423526