15th November 2017
As part of the construction of HS2 seven million new trees are to be planted from London to the West Midlands.
A separate fund of £5 million is available to support the restoration of existing ancient woodland sites and the creation of new woodland. The Forestry Commission has launched the first phase of the fund with £1million released for applications from January 2018.
The fund targets land within 25 miles of HS2 - click on the 25-mile buffer map below to check if your land... more
27th October 2017
The partner Planning Authorities of Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham are looking for potential development sites as they carry out the annual assessment of the suitability of land for variety of uses.
The development sites will be assessed for a variety of uses in accordance with National Planning Policy Guidance. The purpose being for Planning Authorities to gain a better understanding of the amount and type of development deliverable.
During December of each year the... more
26th October 2017
The Jumps Season is finally going up a gear, and we’re delighted that our winter runners are starting to come out over the next few weeks.
The Ben Pauling/ Daryl Jacob combination has had a good start, with Skidoosh putting on a fine performance , to take a competitive bumper at Worcester. This lovely horse, despite being a bit green, showed his ability to win well. We are looking forward to see what is to come from him in the next few months, and we hope the future is bright... more
19th October 2017
Energy Efficiency Regulations
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 have been brought in to tackle the least energy-efficient properties in England and Wales – those rated F or G on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
The Regulations establish a minimum standard for both domestic and non-domestic privately rented property, effecting new tenancies from 1st April 2018.
Benefits of Energy Efficiency
It is proven that EPC F and G rated properties... more
10th October 2017
Rural and Professional
The Rural & Professional Department led by Richard Greasby, have produced a new brochure detailing the comprehensive services they offer. These range from Farm Management, Land Sales and Acquisitions through to Professional Valuations and Accounts.
19th September 2017
The perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause - Macmillan Coffee Morning. Friday 29th September 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon. All welcome coffee, cakes and chatter!
Butler Sherborn are delighted to be hosting Macmillan Coffee Mornings in their Cirencester and Stow offices from 10.00 - 12.00 noon on Friday 29th September. Please do drop in and join us. Together we can make sure no one faces cancer alone.
15th September 2017
Ben Pauling Racing, sponsored by Butler Sherborn
Ben Pauling Racing, sponsored by Butler Sherborn, had their first Open Day, followed by their annual Owners’ Day Lunch and party last Sunday. Ben paraded his brightest and best, with Cheltenham winners, A Hares Breath and Willoughby Court looking ready for another exciting season. The success of the yard last season is underpinned by the increase in the number of horses Ben has in training, which is now in excess of 65.
There are new additions to the team, as Gill Tait comes... more
15th September 2017
We are now three quarters of the way through 2017. Whilst all the good and varied reasons for buying and owning land remain, we continue to see the polarisation of demand and sale prices making the work of a rural valuer all the more challenging.
Uncertainty has been the buzz word, whatever your political views, since the unexpected referendum result last year, the general election and the start of Brexit negotiations. We are seeing buyers of commercial farmland alone being a little... more
13th September 2017
Blenheim International Horse Trials 13th-17th September 2017
Head of Butler Sherborn’s Equestrian Department, Ben Way, is taking two horses for their first 3* outings in their 8th & 9th year. He will ride Mr and Mrs Lay’s 9 year old gelding, Croisiere in the 9 year old class with his dressage on Thursday.
His second horse, is the 8 year old gelding, Enduro A Dalriada, owned by Mrs Kate England, and will do his test on Friday with the show jumping set for Saturday and cross country on Sunday.
5th September 2017
Moreton Show Saturday 2nd September 2017
Butler Sherborn kick started their day at Moreton Show with an exclusive Breakfast on Saturday in The Members’ Enclosure. Together with the Dancing Diggers, Heavy Horses and an exceptional show of livestock, Butler Sherborn and their guests enjoyed the benefits of the sunshine and the Cotswold Distillery Gin Bar. Thank you to everyone who came to see us.
9th August 2017
Butler Sherborn are delighted to welcome Edward Knowles as a member of the Rural Team.
Edward has been a land agent for some 25 years. He has a wealth of experience managing estates and mixed farms across the country, and more recently in Norfolk and Gloucestershire
Edward will be reinforcing the busy Rural Team with Georgina Bush and Jonathan Malings, led by Richard Greasby.
8th August 2017
Moreton Show - Saturday 2nd September 2017
Butler Sherborn is again delighted to sponsor The Members’ Enclosure on the Grand Arena at Moreton Show, Saturday 2nd September. This traditional Agricultural Society show offers a wide range of events for all, with an emphasis on farm stock and the rural aspects of life. Members of the Butler Sherborn team will be in The Members’ Enclosure throughout the day, and welcome those of you wishing to pop in to see us for a drink.
The Cotswold Distillery are providing an exciting... more
4th August 2017
Ben Way, Head of Butler Sherborn Equestrian, achieved an excellent result at the British Eventing Championships, Gatcombe this weekend, coming 12th in the Intermediate, with Kate England’s Enduro A Dalriada, kindly sponsored by Walnut Hill Equine Veterinary Clinic http://www.walnuthillequine.co.uk. They will now head to Blenheim Palace 3*CIC in September.
Good Luck Ben!
3rd August 2017
Butler Sherborn's Gin of choice
Congratulations to Cotswolds Distillery on their GOLD OUTSTANDING AWARD 2017!
Do look at their Cotswolds Summer Cup on line too ...
13th July 2017
As professional members and supporters of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Butler Sherborn are happy to promote their recently launched campaign, “The Countryside Matters”.
The aim is to demonstrate a high level of public support for continuing to invest in our countryside, so that the Government views farming, the rural economy and our landscapes as a spending priority, once the UK leaves the European Union.
Land owning rural businesses are working day in, day... more
21st June 2017
The 9th Burford Festival drew to a close on Sunday 18th June, having benefitted from some stunning weather over the last 10 days. The town came alive with the bunting running from the top to the bottom of the High Street and decorated shop fronts. The events held were plentiful and varied, some of which included guided tours and talks about local history, literature workshops, open garden days, music and family events – all hosted by the local residents and businesses.
20th June 2017
As Summer Approaches Us… As the warm British summer approaches us and we traditionally spend more time outside, it is worth considering the following:-
Noise pollution and respecting your surroundings
Much of the attraction of renting a property in the Cotswolds is to take advantage of the beautiful surrounding countryside, spending many hours socialising with friends & family outdoors. However before you go dusting off the BBQ and positioning your wireless loud speakers, it is important to consider any noise pollution clause within your tenancy agreement in order to ensure you are not in breech, thereby avoiding any potential... more
13th June 2017
General Election Result
It would be unrealistic to think that the unexpected result of the General Election won’t have some effect on the country property market. People hate uncertainty and this, on the face of it, will perpetuate that.
However the Conservative party's decisive decision to back Teresa May in the forming of a new government will help while the dust settles. Hopefully after that they will, from the lessons learnt, focus on a clear strategy for... more
9th June 2017
There continues to be a shortage of good quality equestrian properties available to both rent and buy in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas. The area remains hugely popular with those looking for equestrian property, and as such we have a seen a good level of competition when the right properties become available.
It is never easy to accurately gauge the rental market, as many equestrian properties do not reach the open market. The majority of the yards let by Butler Sherborn in the last 18 months have been snapped up by tenants registered with us, and therefore have never come to the market. This level of demand has resulted in some good rents being achieved. However, running genuinely profitable equestrian businesses remains extremely difficult, and therefore rents need to remain at a sensible... more
9th June 2017
With many farmers and landowners claiming under the Basic Payment Scheme there is the ever present possibility of a Cross Compliance inspection.
Reports suggest that farmers can expect to be inspected at least once in every seven years. With an increased emphasis on farm inspections from the Rural Payment Agency and growing numbers of unannounced inspections, or inspections with under 24 hours notice, it’s important to know the areas... more