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Land Agency

Davis & Bowring’s Land Agency team specialises in providing a range of services to owners of agricultural, sporting and residential properties.

Our team of specialists, who are all chartered surveyors with many years experience, manage and advise on estates across the north of England and Scotland. We provide services tailored to meet individual clients’ needs and help them achieve their management objectives.

We currently manage or advise on an area in excess of 130,000 acres. We aim to provide the highest quality professional agricultural and rural consultancy advice, tailored to meet the specific requirements of landowners and farmers throughout the north of England and Scotland.


With our team of RICS qualified agents, assistants, secretarial and accountancy support we can provide a full management service for all rural property portfolios. This can include a full property maintenance service supervised by our own knowledgeable building works co-ordinator.

With long established links with other property professionals including solicitors, accountants, commercial property agents, building surveyors, architects and project managers, we are able to provide an all encompassing management service for all types of property.


The Davis & Bowring team has an extensive knowledge of rural business and the opportunities and challenges it can present.

Regardless of the acreage, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals, adding value and maximising the opportunities their property assets present.

Whether it’s strategic consultancy and advice or project management with day-to-day running and organisation, our range of services can cater for every need.


We are regularly instructed to seek out property and purchase privately, pre market.

Our experience enables us to furnish you with a comprehensive purchasing report providing you with the confidence that you require to instruct us to commence negotiations on your behalf from a well informed position. We would then make a confidential approach on your behalf, act with complete discretion throughout the negotiation process.

grouse moor management

With extensive experience of grouse moor management, Davis & Bowring is ideally placed to advise on all aspects of management.

This includes:

  • Agricultural Environmental Schemes
  • Recruitment of keepers
  • Heather habitat improvements
  • Grazing levels
  • Tick control
  • Management of Louping Ill
  • Gritting regimes
  • Grouse population management
  • Negotiation with graziers/commoners
  • Moor roads and tracks
  • Reseeding heather
  • Moorland infrastructure
  • Vermin control
  • SSSI consents
  • Vehicle and equipment sourcing and management.



Davis & Bowring can provide valuations in both appraisal and report format, meeting the requirements set out in the RICS Valuations Standards (Red Book).

As RICS Registered Valuers we are able to carry out formal valuations for a wide range of purposes including:

  • Family Restructuring
  • Bank valuations for secured lending purposes
  • Death, Divorce and Pension Planning
  • Tax valuations including inheritance tax valuations capital gains tax valuations and stock taking valuations
  • Preparing to sell land or property
  • Preparing to buy land or property
  • Probate valuations

Our team of valuers have both local and national expertise and have in-depth knowledge of preparing valuations for a range of purposes. Please contact us to discuss your requirements on a confidential no obligation basis.

Other Services

Our team of land agents are able to provide a range of specialist services to aid you in the management of your property.

This includes:

  • Agricultural farm and grazing land rent reviews and renewals
  • Planning advice and practical assistance with the conversion of agricultural buildings
  • Advice on renewable energy developments and installations such as biomass heating systems, air source, hydro electric, solar PV and wind
  • Advice on and the management of environmental schemes and habitat improvement
  • Compensation claims for pipelines, compounds, wayleaves and easements
  • Advice on communication masts and site renewals
  • Advice on tax and succession planning
  • Staff recruitment and management



Our sales and purchase services cover the complete range; from single paddocks to marketing large agricultural and sporting estates. Our rural team covers the North of England and Scotland, combining traditional service with innovative marketing ideas.

We can offer a free, confidential inspection in order to prepare a detailed marketing report. This will include our opinion on best method of sale; whether to sell as a whole or in lots and the best pricing strategy. We will also provide you with a detailed marketing strategy tailored to marketing your property to a local, national and international audience where appropriate.

We have a specialist property software system which matches buyer’s enquiries with properties for sale through our services. The result is an efficient service which obtains quick exposure of your property and ends with a deal being done that meets your objectives at the best possible price.



Through our primary role as estate managers we have become involved with rural development and diversification.

We are always keen to drive forward rural development and diversification opportunities. We seek to identify alternative ventures that can be integrated into an existing estate situation to maximise the overall return.

This experience means that with our close association with other property professionals, we are able to offer development appraisals that are targeted towards a sustainable development rather than a quick fix.


Davis & Bowring’s mapping team can prepare plans to any scale that give an excellent overview of large sites with minimal or detailed information depending on the requirements.

Do you need a map?

Davis & Bowring is offering to prepare one 1:10,000 map such as the plan above free of charge to property owners within our management area. This will be tinted to show your land ownership, based on plans you have provided and we will give you five paper copies of your plan once completed. Extra details such as areas, occupation and boundary liabilities can be shown at additional cost.



    The Land Agency Team

    Over the years, Davis & Bowring has evolved into an enthusiastic team of dedicated people.

    Henry Armitage

    Director, Land Agent,
    RICS Registered Valuer

    +44 (0)15242 74434

    07836 652 080


    Henry is a true local land agent with excellent experience both personally and professionally as he also actively manages his own sheep farm. Henry studied Land Management at Aberdeen University and came to Davis & Bowring in 1994, becoming a Director in 2009.

    Mike McKendry Davis Bowring

    Mike McKendry

     Director, Land Agent,
    RICS Registered Valuer

    +44 (0)15242 74410

    07827 341 873


    As a Senior Land Agent, qualified in both Rural and Commercial Property, Mike has a wealth of property experience from Roman Forts to Attack Helicopter accommodation!

    Working in both the private and public sectors, he has dealt with a diverse range of clients across the UK and Ireland.

    Sam Johnson

    Associate, Head of Agency,
    RICS Registered Valuer

    +44 (0)15242 74421

    07495 903 193


    Sam works within the land agency department assisting Senior Director, Simon Clowes. Originally from Cumbria , Sam joined Davis & Bowring in June 2016 having previously worked for a national property consultancy firm in Oxfordshire where he gained his Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor qualification in October 2015.

    Richard Howson

    Director, Land Agent,
    RICS Registered Valuer

    +44 (0)15242 74439

    07585 400 309


    Richard works within our land agency department assisting the Senior Director Simon Clowes.

    He is local through and through and joined Davis & Bowring in October 2010 having previously worked for Yorkshire Water’s Rural Estate Department.

    Adrian Dickinson

    Building Works Co-ordinator

    +44 (0)15242 74432

    07919 308 510

    Simon Clowes Davis Bowring

    Simon Clowes

    Consultant Land Agent

    +44 (0)15242 74430

    07836 523 100


    Senior Director since 1995 after joining Davis & Bowring in 1975. Simon specialises in the management of rural estates, in particular grouse moors, together with their acquisition and disposal.

    Robert Bowyer MRICS

    +44 (0)15242 74432


    Eleanor Clegg

    Graduate Land Agent

    +44 (0)15242 74414

    07425 591739


    Eleanor joined the team in 2021 for her placement year as part of completing her degree at Harper Adams University, in BSc Honours Rural Enterprise and Land Management. She returned after graduating from university in June 2023. Growing up on a family farm in Lancashire, Eleanor has always had a strong interest in agriculture, and has her own herd of pedigree beef shorthorn cattle.

    Ian Stirrat


    +44 (0)15242 74424

    Joanna Harrison MRICS

    Associate, Land Agent

    +44 (0)1524274437

    0786 7000184


    Joanna joined the team in August 2014 having graduated from Harper Adams University in BSc Honours Rural Enterprise and Land Management. Growing up on a Yorkshire Dales family farm she has always had a strong interest in the countryside and agriculture and now professionally enjoys the diversity that work at Davis & Bowring.

    Marnie Murdie

    Land Agent and RICS Registered Valuer,

    +44 (0)15242 74457

    0758 6687655


    Marnie joined the team in April 2023 having previously worked in North Cumbria where she achieved a BSc Honours Degree Apprenticeship in Rural Enterprise and Land Management at Harper Adams University. She has a keen passion for rural practice and the countryside which is applied through the diversity of work at Davis & Bowring.

    Mandy Simpson

    Land Admin Assistant

    +44 (0)15242 74435


    Mandy has been with Davis & Bowring since June 1995, starting in the Estate Agency she has found her true vocation within the Land Agency Department as secretary to Henry Armitage and Mike McKendry. Mandy thoroughly enjoys her work, dealing with the farming community and has the important role within the office of arranging social events which utilises her organisational skills and enthusiasm!

    Heather Kealey


    +44 (0)15242 74423

    07958 721034