Welcome to Mulberry Rural

Chartered Surveyors & Land Agents

We provide bespoke professional advice to rural land owners and occupiers.

Who We Are

Mulberry Rural, Rural Practice Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents, have over 25 years’ experience in the profession.

Our Surveyor, Kevin Burree, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and RICS Registered Valuer, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (FAAV), a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (FALA) and a Professional Member of the Institute of Agricultural Management (PMIAgrM). Kevin is also an RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Assessor and Chairman.

What We Do

We genuinely care about you and your land and property.  We want you to get the best possible outcome, so we work hard to give you valuable and accurate advice.  

We have a deep understanding of the demands, pressures and problems which can arise around rural land and property.

When you work with us, we get to know you on a personal level, listen to the issues you are facing and provide the services you need.

Services including:

Land Occupation

Whether you are a landlord or tenant, we provide advice on tenancy matters under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. This includes the preparation and management of agreements and assistance with disputes. We also advise on succession, surrenders and regrants of tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. If you are looking to let land out for grazing, we will help you prepare an annual grazing and mowing licence or short term grazing agreement for all forms of livestock.

Farm & Land Management

We advise landowners on ways to maximise the profitability of joint ventures, including contract and share farming agreements. In addition we manage land and tenancies, rent collection and liaising with other third parties as required.

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation, Wayleaves & Easements

Have you been approached by private companies or statutory undertakers regarding utilities schemes, telecoms masts, temporary site compounds, access requirements including site surveys or other undertakings?

If so, Mulberry Rural will act on your behalf to protect your interests.

Agents fees are usually borne by the company or statutory undertaker including VAT if the claimant is not VAT registered.

Valuations

Mulberry Rural carry out valuations of agricultural and rural land and buildings, livestock and deadstock for all purposes. Most commonly, valuations are carried out for year-end farm stocktaking for Income Tax purposes, Inheritance Tax, and Capital Gains and Tax. We also liaise with other professional advisors and statutory bodies regarding valuations as required.

We are RICS registered valuers and all valuations comply with professional valuation standards.

Planning & Development

We can advise on the preparation and submission of rural planning applications and appeals, including the construction of new agricultural buildings, change of use of buildings and land creation of new accesses, manages, stables etc, and dog walking areas.

Mulberry Rural also advise on option and promotion agreements on land working alongside other professional advisors

Sales of Farms & Land

We advise on the best ways to market land and property and have close working relationships with national firms. We work with all parties including solicitors from instruction through to completion.

Advising New Land Owners & Occupiers

For those new to farming or rural land ownership Mulberry Rural offer advice on statutory requirements and can assist in setting up with all the relevant government agencies.

We can also advise on appropriate tenancies, licences, joint venture agreements, grant funding opportunities and implications for change of use of land and buildings.

Basic Payment Scheme

We prepare and submit annual applications, deal with tenancy and land sale issues, mapping changes on Rural Payments, inspections and appeals to ensure that all information is correct and that you are claiming the maximum level of payment available.

Mulberry Rural also advise on Cross-Compliance and the sale/purchase of Basic Payment Scheme entitlements.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Countryside Stewardship rewards landowners and occupiers for conserving natural habitats, managing flood risk, and preserving historical features of the landscape.

We advise you on how to apply for Mid and Higher tier stewardship schemes (including capital grants), prepare annual revenue claims, and transferring agreements following a change of land occupation.

Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)

There are 3 new schemes under ELMS that will replace the Basic Payment Scheme and reward environmental land management which are::

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) – due to launch mid 2022
  • Local Nature Recovery – due to launch in 2024 to replace the existing Countryside Stewardship scheme
  • Landscape Recovery – due to launch in 2024 for large long term projects on areas in excess of 500 hectares.

All 3 schemes are undergoing initial pilots – the Sustainable Farming Incentive from 2021 and Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery in 2022. As a result, the schemes will be developed and enhanced before they are fully rolled out.

Land Occupation

Whether you are a landlord or tenant, we provide advice on tenancy matters under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 and the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995. This includes the preparation and management of agreements and assistance with disputes. We also advise on succession, surrenders and regrants of tenancies under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986. If you are looking to let land out for grazing, we will help you prepare an annual grazing and mowing licence or short term grazing agreement for all forms of livestock.

Farm & Land Management

We advise landowners on ways to maximise the profitability of joint ventures, including contract and share farming agreements. In addition we manage land and tenancies, rent collection and liaising with other third parties as required.

Compulsory Purchase & Compensation,
Wayleaves & Easements

Have you been approached by private companies or statutory undertakers regarding utilities schemes, telecoms masts, temporary site compounds, access requirements including site surveys or other undertakings?

If so, Mulberry Rural will act on your behalf to protect your interests.

Agents fees are usually borne by the company or statutory undertaker including VAT if the claimant is not VAT registered.

Valuations

Mulberry Rural carry out valuations of agricultural and rural land and buildings, livestock and deadstock for all purposes. Most commonly, valuations are carried out for year-end farm stocktaking for Income Tax purposes, Inheritance Tax, and Capital Gains and Tax. We also liaise with other professional advisors and statutory bodies regarding valuations as required.

We are RICS registered valuers and all valuations comply with professional valuation standards.

Planning & Development

We can advise on the preparation and submission of rural planning applications and appeals, including the construction of new agricultural buildings, change of use of buildings and land creation of new accesses, manages, stables etc, and dog walking areas.

Mulberry Rural also advise on option and promotion agreements on land working alongside other professional advisors

Sales of Farms & Land

We advise on the best ways to market land and property and have close working relationships with national firms. We work with all parties including solicitors from instruction through to completion.

Advising New Land Owners
& Occupiers

For those new to farming or rural land ownership Mulberry Rural offer advice on statutory requirements and can assist in setting up with all the relevant government agencies.

We can also advise on appropriate tenancies, licences, joint venture agreements, grant funding opportunities and implications for change of use of land and buildings.

Basic Payment Scheme

We prepare and submit annual applications, deal with tenancy and land sale issues, mapping changes on Rural Payments, inspections and appeals to ensure that all information is correct and that you are claiming the maximum level of payment available.

Mulberry Rural also advise on Cross-Compliance and the sale/purchase of Basic Payment Scheme entitlements.

Countryside Stewardship Scheme

Countryside Stewardship rewards landowners and occupiers for conserving natural habitats, managing flood risk, and preserving historical features of the landscape.

We advise you on how to apply for Mid and Higher tier stewardship schemes (including capital grants), prepare annual revenue claims, and transferring agreements following a change of land occupation.

Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)

There are 3 new schemes under ELMS that will replace the Basic Payment Scheme and reward environmental land management which are::

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) – due to launch mid 2022
  • Local Nature Recovery – due to launch in 2024 to replace the existing Countryside Stewardship scheme
  • Landscape Recovery – due to launch in 2024 for large long term projects on areas in excess of 500 hectares.

All 3 schemes are undergoing initial pilots – the Sustainable Farming Incentive from 2021 and Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery in 2022. As a result, the schemes will be developed and enhanced before they are fully rolled out.

Why You Can Trust Us.

We have developed long-term working relationships with many of our clients, during which we get to know them personally. We develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of their businesses and put their best interests at the heart of everything we do.

Working with land and property often requires discretion. Sensitive issues can arise which need careful handling.

Regardless of the circumstances or the sensitivity of an issue, Mulberry Rural will act as a reliable third party. Our aim is also to dispel tensions and reach an amicable outcome which suits all parties.

Case Studies

Burghfield, nr Reading

Mulberry Rural assisted as joint selling agent in the marketing and sale of a 156.2 acres (63.25 hectares) farm at Burghfield, Berkshire.

We provided a marketing appraisal with advice on the value of the property and lotting for sale. Once instructed, we were involved in marketing the property, dealing with enquiries and offers, advising on offers received, advising on all other practical matters relating to the sale. We also arranged for a farm machinery dispersal sale and ensured that the farm buildings were cleared prior to completion.

The farm was brought to the market in summer 2018. It was successfully sold by private treaty in four lots at the guide price of £2,600,000.

Beenham, nr Reading

We were involved in the joint marketing and sale of a block of mainly pasture land extending to approximately 85 acres (34.40 hectares) by private treaty in 2021.

Finchampstead, nr Wokingham

Having advised on the valuation for Inheritance Tax, Mulberry Rural assisted in the joint marketing and sale of a small holding extending to 10.5 acres (4.28 hectares) in 2021 which sold substantially in excess of the guide price of £750,000.

Contact Mulberry Rural Today.

If you’re an agricultural or rural land and property owner or occupier and need advice from an experienced Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor, get in touch today.

Call Kevin Burree at Mulberry Rural on 0118 207 4427 or fill in the contact form below.
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