Module: Estate Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Andrew Davis
  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    120 hours
  • Contact hrs

    60 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

The reasoning behind this module is to give students an awareness of the issues that are likely to be important in a farming business with regard to estate management issues, and to give them an indication of when further professional help should be sought, where it can be found and the likely costs involved.

Subjects will include:

  • Property and business legislation: contract law, tenancy agreements, landlord and tenant law, Agricultural Holdings Act, planning regulations, taxation and insurance, issues surrounding heritage legislation
  • Diversification avenues and opportunities for example mineral extraction, sporting enterprises, evaluation of resources and impact, skills analysis and financial implications
  • Practical estate skills: construction, repair and maintenance of boundaries, buildings and surfaces
  • Habitat management: setting appropriate habitat management objectives; planning and resourcing for projects; project completion and evaluation; waste reduction, recycling and disposal

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Understand and apply the basics of business and property legislation with regards to farming enterprises
  2. Justify and evaluate diversification opportunities
  3. Demonstrate a range of practical estate management skills
  4. Demonstrate effective habitat management skills


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Four In-Class Tests 30%
Coursework Diversification Coursework 35%
Coursework Reference Record 35%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Cowap, C. (2004). Taxation for students of rural land management: 2004/5 tax year. Harper Adams University College.
  • CLA Advisory Handbooks
  • Agate E and Brooks A – Hedging: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 1998) ISBN 9780946752171
  • Agate E – Fencing: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 2001) ISBN 9780946752294
  • Agate E – Footpaths: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 2001) ISBN 0946752311
  • Agate E – Tool care: A Maintenance and Workshop Manual (BTCV, 2000) ISBN 9780946752249
  • Agate E – Waterways & Wetlands: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 2001) ISBN 0946752303
  • Agate E (ed) – Tree Planting and Aftercare: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 2001) ISBN 9780946752256
  • Agate E (ed) – Woodlands: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 2002) ISBN 0946752338
  • Agate E (ed), Brooks A and Adcock S – Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook (BTCV, 1999) ISBN 9780946752195
  • Ekarius C – How to Build Animal Housing (The Crowood Press Ltd, 2006) ISBN 9781580175272
  • Maclean M – Hedges and Hedgelaying – A Guide to Planting, Management and Conservation (The Crowodd Press, 2006) ISBN 9781861268686
  • Stokes A – Health and Safety Overview for Practical Conservation Project: A Guide to Good Practice for Conservation Groups and Land Managers (BCTV, 1999)