Matthew Sawdon MRICS FAAV


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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Sustainable Farming Incentive

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?

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

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?

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

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)

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?

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

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

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

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

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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