Valuation: Cross-roads or cul-de-sac?

This was the title of my presentation at the RICS Wales Rural Conference held on Tuesday 9 December 2014 in Llandrindod Wells.  Here are the slides. The contrast between the complexities of valuing woodland for taxation purposes and renewable energy installations is meant to indicate the broad sweep of the challenge facing the modern rural … Continue reading Valuation: Cross-roads or cul-de-sac?

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Land tenure, soils and soil management under short-term occupation

RICS Land Journal, November/December 2013, has published an article by Gwyn Church, Ian Mackenzie and me on the links between short term tenancy arrangements and soil management by farmers.  Gwyn and Ian researched this for their final year dissertations at Harper Adams.  Gwyn explored Sussex and Ian explored Staffordshire.  They came up with some surprisingly … Continue reading Land tenure, soils and soil management under short-term occupation

Green Food Report: Land Tenure is a missing link

We are overlooking the importance of land tenure in trying to map the future balance between food production and the environment. Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has published the conclusions of its Green Food Project today (Green Food Project Conclusions, July 2012).   Further reports are also available from Defra, on its Green … Continue reading Green Food Report: Land Tenure is a missing link