Land & Farm Management Plans
A planned approach to land management will ensure that you maximise the potential of your property. After discussing your requirements and your vision for your land in detail, I can produce a bespoke strategy tailored to your specific needs. This will outline your options together with the potential time scales and costings.
Once a plan has been evolved, I can ensure the timely delivery of the required services which will be completed on budget. I always work to the agreed specifications and efficiently schedule each aspect of the undertaking. I am able to source the finest specialists and contractors and can manage your projects to completion.
I will work with you to ensure that you achieve the best financial return and the greatest possible enjoyment from your land whilst attending to the needs of the environment. I would be delighted to meet with you to discuss your requirements whether you are seeking advice regarding a single issue or a land management plan for your entire estate.
I am happy to advise on projects both large and small. My clients have included local authorities, the Forestry Commission, the Freshwater Habitats Trust, the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), Natural England and National Trust.
Growing With You
Meeting Your Vision
Clear Management Plans
Improving and Maintaining Your Land
Wild Flower Meadows
Wild flowers are a fabulous addition to the landscape. I am able to design a bespoke wild flower meadow for your land and recommend an appropriate seed mix which will be locally sourced where possible. The meadow will be tailored to the location, soil and landscape. I can help you to achieve spectacular features which also benefit wildlife including bees and butterflies.
Field margins can be managed to benefit wildlife and to protect the environment from pollutants. These areas provide vital habitats for a variety of species, many of which are threatened in the UK. Hedgerows, wild flower margins and grass strips are identified as priority habitats by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP).
Wetlands, Ponds and Streams
Wetlands are of enormous environmental importance as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Many ponds have been lost and those which remain are often in poor condition whilst few rivers and streams haven’t been affected to some degree by human activity. I work in conjunction with ecologists to plan wetlands projects which are beneficial to the environment.
All areas of grassland require some degree of management in order to fulfil their purpose and to maximise their potential. Effective management involves balancing environmental concerns and the needs of wildlife with the practical and financial demands of your estate or business. From establishing paddocks and wildlife habitats to maintaining sports fields and airfields, I can offer the required expertise.
Invasive Weed Control
Invasive weeds disrupt the local ecosystem as they tend to be faster growing or more aggressive than our native species. The native species are often unable to compete with this growth and so the invasive weeds begin to take over the landscape. It is vital that weeds including ragwort, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed, are controlled before they impact native flora and fauna.
Whether your primary concern is aesthetics, the division of property or confining livestock, it is important to plan your fencing carefully. The purpose of the fencing, the nature of the terrain, the demands of maintaining the fencing and the location of gates must all be considered. Securing your livestock and defining your land, fencing is an investment which should serve you well for years whether it is post and rail, stock net, wire, barbed wire or electric.
Woodland and Trees
I am able to provide a complete woodland management service including design, planning, thinning, felling and coppice restoration. Either as a one-off project or as a feature of an ongoing programme, I can establish and maintain trees and woodland to suit your requirements and your budget. I can also assist you with obtaining felling licences, submitting grant applications and the sale of your timber.
The deer population in the UK continues to rise. To protect our trees, crops and rare plants, we need to contain deer populations. As a DSC2 Level accredited deer manager, I can help you plan your deer population management, reduce damage to acceptable levels and encourage bio-diversity on your land.
ENHANCE THE BEAUTY AND POTENTIAL OF YOUR LAND!
Maximising Safety, Biodiversity and Financial Returns
Farm Payment Schemes
I am able to prepare and submit applications on your behalf for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), land entitlements and Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS). I am also happy to liaise with Natural England and the Rural Payments Agency on your behalf and to handle any inspections and managing schemes.
Cross Compliance Auditing
I will work to ensure that you meet cross compliance targets across your estate by analysing records and advising you on any corrective measures required so that you don’t lose any payments.
Wayleaves can be a source of passive income for you. If you have electricity cables running over your land, then you could be eligible for a payment from the cable owners. I can negotiate payments on your behalf.
Working with respected ecologists, I carry out biodiversity and habitat surveys, providing reports and recommendations for habitat improvement where required. I work with a network of professionals who will provide the best advice on the relevant issues including bats, great crested newts and water voles.
Using GPS and the latest mapping software, I am able to survey your land and then prepare accurate maps drawn onto an Ordnance Survey base layer. The maps can be edited to reflect any changes on your estate, including crop rotations and stewardship options.
Tree Risk Assessment
I am an accredited Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) practitioner. I can carry out tree risk assessments, record and map trees on your property, and ensure that you comply with your legal duty of care to the public, your visitors and your staff, should a tree fail and cause injury or damage.