Matthew Sawdon MRICS FAAV

Director (Hobbs Parker Property Consultants LLP)


Matthew joined Hobbs Parker fresh from University in 2003 and has gained valuable experience dealing with a wide variety of professional work on behalf of clients in the South East. His particular expertise includes Landlord and Tenant, Farm Management, Single Payment Scheme advice and Environmental and Grant Schemes.

Matthew is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. He joined Hobbs Parker from Harper Adams University College in Shropshire where he gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Matthew has previously been involved in the day-to-day management of a 120,000 acre estate in Scotland where he was involved with land management, lettings and landlord and tenant issues.

Matthew comes from a farming family in North Yorkshire where he has been actively involved in the farming business. Interested in most sports he enjoys rugby, mountain biking and skiing and enjoys a social beer with friends.


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Land market remains strong

By Matthew Sawdon

Farmland values have now reached their highest level since 2016, with the average value of good arable land currently in the region of £9,500 per acre. There continues to be wide variations in prices being […]

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Sustainable Farming Incenitive (SFI) to launch in June

By Matthew Sawdon

DEFRA have confirmed that the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) will launch in June 2022.  We will continue to publish more detailed information once the scheme details are released.  Here is an overview of the first […]

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Opportunities and challenges ahead

By Matthew Sawdon

However, with these new opportunities, come challenges as the agriculture sector faces increasing demand to reduce its carbon footprint, whilst inflationary pressures are making everyday business more challenging. Here we look at some of the […]

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Farmers could receive up to £100,000 to give up their land

By Matthew Sawdon

Applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Lump Sum Exit Scheme will open in April, DEFRA secretary George Eustice has confirmed. The scheme enables existing BPS claimants to receive a proportion of their future BPS […]

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Increased payments for Countryside Stewardship Schemes (CSS)

By Matthew Sawdon

DEFRA has announced that payment rates for many Countryside Stewardship revenue options will increase by up to 30%. This is for both existing and new agreements.

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Local Nature Recovery (LNR) and Landscape Recovery (LR)

By Matthew Sawdon

These recent announcements focus on Local Nature Recovery (LNR) and Landscape Recovery (LR), together with some good news in respect of Countryside Stewardship revenue payments.

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DEFRA release details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) rollout 2022

By Matthew Sawdon

The proposed rollout is the first element of the Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). The agreements will last 3 years, with payments made quarterly.  There will be no minimum or maximum land areas and applicants […]

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Sustainable Farming Incentive

By Matthew Sawdon

The first phase is due to be rolled out to all BPS claimants from mid-2022 with a full launch in 2024. Payments will be in addition to the Basic Payment Scheme and the SFI is […]

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Rent review - Is now the time?

By Matthew Sawdon

Tenants are reluctant to seek a rent review for fear of upsetting a longstanding relationship with their landlord, and many landlords want to agree a compromise to maintain a sustainable relationship going forward. Rent formulas […]

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Grants and Subsidies

By Matthew Sawdon

Through the agricultural transition plan, the Government sets out its vision. It’s a useful starting point, although currently it does not provide all the answers and we await detailed, costed guidance. WHAT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE? […]

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The Agricultural Transition Plan – Is your business prepared?

By Matthew Sawdon

Plans to deliver a fairer farming system were set out by the government on the 30th October with the release of the “Agricultural Transition Plan”. The plan will transform the way farmers are supported from […]

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Public money for public goods

By Matthew Sawdon

Currently applications for Countryside Stewardship will remain open until 2023. After which it is mooted that a Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) may be introduced to bridge the gap between the end of the Basic Payment […]

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Have your say now on the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS)

By Matthew Sawdon

As part of this, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has opened a public consultation on the proposed new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS). This will be DEFRA’s cornerstone agricultural policy paying […]

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What's the future for the Basic Payment Scheme?

By Matthew Sawdon

The phasing out of the Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) will be one of the biggest challenges for farmers and landowners when the Agricultural Bill is introduced. Nothing major will change for 2020 as payments will […]

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Tenancy planning for landowners

By Matthew Sawdon

As politicians continue to wrestle with Brexit, there is obviously significant uncertainty. What we do know is that Brexit – if it happens – will bring changes, and landlords and tenants alike should be prepared. There could be changes to financial […]

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The Best Restaurants in Kent and East Sussex

By Sally Randall

The next best thing to eating good food, may be talking about it. Certainly asking in the Hobbs Parker offices about people’s favourite restaurants leads to a mouth-watering conversation about how spoilt for choice we […]

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Favourable exchange rate brings timely relief to farmers

By Matthew Sawdon

Recent forecasts for net farm income for all farm types for the year to March 2016 are down by 25 per cent, equivalent to an average of £13,000. The 2016 exchange rate for this year’s […]

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Agricultural Grant Scheme Launched for Hedgerows and Boundaries

By Matthew Sawdon

The deadline for applications is 30 April. Benefits may be obtained for capital items such as hedge planting, laying and coppicing, earth bank restoration stone-faced bank repair and restoration, and stone wall restoration. A woodland […]

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