An independent land agent, chartered surveyor & agricultural adviser based in the Blackdown Hills



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Blackdown Consulting is based in the village of Churchinford, on the Devon/Somerset border in the Blackdown Hills AONB.

Blackdown Consulting was established by Gemma Sparks MRICS FAAV in 2013. A farmer's daughter, now married to a farmer, Gemma understands the fundamentals of agriculture and now provides a range of professional services to anyone with an interest in land. 


Having studied at the Royal Agricultural College, for a degree in Rural Land Management, Gemma worked for a firm of land agents in the Cotswolds, qualifying with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in 2011. 


Following a move to the Blackdown Hills and the arrival of her first child, Gemma set up Blackdown Consulting. Working with other land agents and also independently, Gemma has a wide range of experience of dealing with a range of rural work to include:

  • Basic Payment Scheme

  • Environmental Schemes

  • Rural grants

  • Agricultural agreements

  • Agricultural planning

  • Land management. 


Having experience with running an on-farm wedding venue, holiday cottages and other events and hospitality businesses, Gemma is also well placed to advise on diversification as well as agricultural issues. 


Gemma would be delighted to come and meet with you over a cup of tea to discuss how she can help your business.  




Basic Payment Scheme

We are able to complete and advise on (England Only):

  • Customer Registration

  • Annual claims

  • Land mapping 

  • Mapping changes

  • Entitlements purchasing & transfers

  • Cross Compliance

  • Nitrate Vulnerable Zone records

  • Young Farmer Scheme 

  • Retirement Scheme

Environmental Agreements & Rural Grants

​We are happy to assist with:

  • Countryside Stewardship Applications

  • Sustainable Farming Incentive Applications

  • Environmental Scheme Management

  • Capital Grant Schemes

  • Woodland Grant Schemes

  • Farming Innovation Programme

 Agricultural Agreements & Compulsory Purchase

We can advice on & draw up:

  • Grazing Agreements

  • Farm Business Tenancies

  • Contract Farming Agreements

  • Negotiations for Access

  • Easements 

  • Wayleaves

  • Claims following work 

Agricultural Planning & Diversification Advice

We can advise upon and assist with:

  • Farm diversification advice

  • Project appraisal

  • Building conversion

  • Prior notification planning

  • Planning for agricultural buildings

  • Planning for change of use

  • Certificates of lawful use





Blackdown Consulting

Warrens Farm





Tel: 07533340847

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