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      What we do/ Our Projects/ Strawberry Hill Farm

      One of the most exciting land acquisitions in The Wildlife Trust’s history

      The Wildlife Trust

      374 acres

      Guide Price

      Acting on behalf of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, we advised on their successful purchase of Strawberry Hill Farm in Bedfordshire.

      On instructions from our client we introduced Strawberry Hill Farm to them when it was launched to the market. We were aware of their requirements and identified this as a unique opportunity. We inspected, provided recommendations, engaged with the selling agent, and worked with the Trust in order to submit an offer on their behalf.

      The Trust were successful in their bid and we proceeded to provide a full purchasing report and outline the opportunities and challenges for the property. We also advised on matters relating to overage, planning and development, as well as values.

      Strawberry Hill Farm had already been left to rewild for 25 years, after the previous farmer entered a scheme to cease farming and allow the transformation of the land into the largest area of scrub and woodland in the region.

      Surrounded by arable farmland, the 150-hectare farm at Knotting Green in Bedfordshire was a unique opportunity for the trust to save a site rich in nature and create a wild visitor destination.

      With a Grade II Listed farmhouse, traditional and modern buildings and land, the site also presents an ideal location for a new nature reserve central to the Trust’s area.

      The deal had a very high level of complexity, and throughout the project we have been guided, assisted, and benefitted from the expertise of, Bidwells.

      They have advised and helped us with our negotiations, valuations and dealing with the other parties involved. This has been done with an extremely high level of professionalism and courtesy. It has been made easier because of the understanding from their team of our strategic objectives, namely environmental progress, and conservation, together with their support for the aims of our movement. Bidwells will always receive a five-star rating from us.
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