Government Announcement on the Future of Farm Support

On the 30th November the Government published ‘The Path to Sustainable Farming: An Agricultural Transition Plan 2021 to 2024’.

To accompany the Agricultural Transition Plan’s publication, they have created the booklet called Farming is Changing. The booklet summarises the Agricultural Transition Plan, and was written with farmers and land managers in mind.

The main points to note are:

BPS to be at 50% of current levels by 2024 as a minimum

Countryside Stewardship and additional grants to be expanded from 2021-2024 with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture, Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery

Environmental Land Management to be launched 2024

Exit Schemes launched to assist those wanting to retire from the industry

Please contact Emily Ham or Sarah Payne for further information.

Annual Hay & Straw Sale – Tuesday 12th January 2021

The 2021 Annual Hay and Straw Auction Sale, in conjunction with Thimbleby & Shorland, will be held by online timed auction, due to current Covid-19 restrictions, ending on Tuesday 12th January 2021.

All enquiries to Chris Boreham 0118 950 8611 or 07760 888 543 or email:


The link to Thimbleby & Shorland’s page with all the necessary catalogue and online bidding is:

Entry Form

Bale sizes

Coronavirus Update – November 2020

Adkin would like to reassure their clients that the office will remain fully functional for the duration of the second lockdown. If you have any queries please continue to call the main office number.

The majority of surveyors will be working from home. If you need to contact them directly please call their mobile number which can be found on our ‘People’ page.

All calls and emails will be returned and actioned as soon as possible but please be patient as we adapt to the change in working practices again. Please be assured that Adkin will continue to provide its usual high level of service during this challenging time.

Rosie Dutson joins the Adkin team

We are pleased to announce that Rosie has joined the team as a Graduate Surveyor.

Rosie graduated from Harper Adams University in 2020 with a BSc Hons degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. During her time at University, she completed a work placement year on a large Norfolk Estate as Trainee Land Agent gaining valuable estate management experience. Rosie then joined Adkin in September 2020 and is currently working towards becoming both a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the CAAV.

Simon Alden elected as Junior Vice President of the CAAV

We are delighted to announce the election of Simon Alden as Junior Vice President of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

Simon has been a member of the affiliated organisation, the Berks & Oxon Rural Valuers Association Committee for many years and was Chairman in 1999.  He was an examiner for the Southern Group of the CAAV for ten years becoming chief examiner in 2007 and has been a member of the Education & Examination Committee of the CAAV since 2007, serving as its Chairman since 2009.  He has been on the CAAV Council since 2004, serves on the Future Skills Group and was elected to the CAAV Executive Committee in 2019.

Rural Surveyors Required to Join the Adkin Team

We are looking for ambitious and motivated surveyors to join our team based in the picturesque village of Ardington in Oxfordshire.

We are particularly interested in experienced graduates, recently qualified surveyors or those who have up to 5 years post qualification experience in a broad range of rural professional work. In addition, we have an immediate requirement for a surveyor or equivalent candidate who has significant experience with the Basic Payment Scheme, environmental schemes and our expanding workload in areas such as natural capital, biodiversity, soils, water and climate change.

Should you wish to discuss the positions available, please contact Simon Alden on 07710 900681.

Further details can be found here: Surveyor Advert – July 2020