Smiths Gore/Savills Merger

Chris Anderson, agent for CWMCL, would like to inform all members that on 21st April 2015, Smiths Gore and Savills (UK) Limited announced their intention to merge their rural practices into a single business. It is expected that this merger will complete at the end of May.

Both firms were founded in the mid 19th Century as land agency practices. Smiths Gore is proud of its achievements in developing the firm into a leading national provider of rural property services. Savills has meanwhile become a major real estate advisory firm, listed on the London Stock Exchange with an international network of more than 600 offices and associates. The two firms’ UK rural practices are similar in size and the combined rural business will operate out of 54 offices, from Fochabers and Aberdeen in the North, to Truro in the South West and Maidstone in the South East.

The merger of the two firms’ rural businesses will have a number of clear benefits for clients, drawing on the depth of our combined rural foundations, the strength of Savills real estate services and the natural geographical fit between the two firms. This will result in an exceptional national service, providing clients with the opportunity to take advantage of the widest range of skills and services on offer in the rural sector. Our clients will benefit from the pooling of talent from both firms and the merger will also enable our staff to share in a huge wealth of knowledge and to develop areas of expertise across a greater breadth of disciplines. In addition, existing teams and their skills will be strengthened where required, ensuring that they are properly resourced and structured to service each client’s requirements.

It will be business as usual for both firms’ clients, who will continue to be serviced by the same staff, with no changes to the support that is provided to CWMCL.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Chris directly via email christopher.anderson@smithsgore.co.uk or 01872 274646.

Co-opting of New Director

At the first meeting of the Board in 2015 and with the agreement of all Board members, we are pleased to announce that Miss Julia Keep (No 19 Wheal Regent Park) has been co-opted into a vacant directorship on the Board of the Crinnis Wood Management Company effective until the next Annual General Meeting.

Miss Keep brings a wealth of experience from her career in business, finance and information technology and from her voluntary work with many charities and civic organisations.

The Board welcomes Miss Keep and looks forward to working with her.

2015 Annual Charge

As agreed at the 2014 AGM, the service charge for 2015 has been set at £375.

The bill is due for payment on the 1st January 2015

Any member wishing to set up the monthly instalment facility, has not received their invoice or who needs to discuss payment arrangement in confidence is urged to contact Smiths Gore as soon as possible.

Payment can be made electronically to avoid postal expense and delay. Use the following payee details:

Bank Nat West
Sort Code 54-21-38
Account Number 28619005
Account Name S/Gore Client Acc
Payee Reference <NNNNNN> <HH>WRP

Where <NNNNNN> is your tenant reference number as found on your invoice and <HH> is your house number.

Seagull proof bags

New reusable seagull proof protective rubbish sacks are now on sale at £3.50 from the St Austell One Stop Shop.

The decision to sell the bags has come following a successful trial in five areas in Cornwall.

Seagulls can be a nuisance by ripping up our unprotected rubbish bags and scattering it all over the place.

Seagulls are not the only villain’s; crows, foxes and cats can all make a meal and a mess out of our rubbish.

The seagull proof sacks hold around three black sacks of rubbish and have a weighted base, a secure Velcro fastening and a tie at the back to stop them blowing away after collection

The sacks are designed to deter attacks on bags of rubbish by most animals and birds. They are most beneficial in seaside towns, where seagulls can be a real nuisance on rubbish collection day.

2014 Annual Charge

As agreed at the 2013 AGM, the service charge for 2014 has been set at £350.

The bill is due for payment on the 1st January 2014, the invoices will be sent out by Smiths Gore on or around the 18th December 2013.

Any member wishing to set up the monthly instalment facility, has not received their invoice or who needs to discuss payment arrangement in confidence is urged to contact Smiths Gore as soon as possible.

Payment can be made electronically to avoid postal expense and delay. Use the following payee details:

Bank Nat West
Sort Code 54-21-38
Account Number 28619005
Account Name S/Gore Client Acc
Payee Reference <NNNNNN> <HH>WRP

Where <NNNNNN> is your tenant reference number as found on your invoice and <HH> is your house number.

Dr. Roland Fox

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the sudden death of Dr. Roland Fox on Monday 30th September.

Dr. Fox was a director of the Crinnis Wood Management Company and served as our Chairman for the past two years until the last Annual General Meeting.

Roland Fox used his professional expertise and great love of horticulture for the benefit of Crinnis Wood. During his tenure as Chairman, he was pivotal in the transition of the Company to new managing agents. His knowledge of plant diseases was a great advantage throughout the phytophthora outbreak.

On behalf of all members and our agent, I have passed on our sincere condolences to Roland’s wife, Alicia and their family.

Jane West , Chairman
Crinnis Wood Management Company

Rhododendrons Update

The extra spray of Rhododendrons, as advised at AGM has now been completed. It is noticed that 20% are seemingly unaffected and will need further treatment.

Spraying in the woods

We have had confirmation from Paul Wallace that he intends to start spraying the remaining Rhododendrons in the woods towards the end of this week (Wednesday 24th April onwards).

He will also commence the wood and tree survey that he has been commissioned to carry out.

SmithsGore Landscope Update March 2013

Woodland & Arboriculture

English Government policy on forestry and woodland

The Government has released a statement on its policy, which includes its response to the Independent Panel on Forestry:

  • Protection: Increased funding for research and action on tree diseases (good news but the Government’s short-termism in cutting support for Forest Research should not have happened in the first place)
  • Value: provide information on the benefits woodland provides (economic, social and environmental, which will include developing a set of natural capital accounts), and support the voluntary woodland carbon market
  • Support the woodland economy: through a new action plan (another!!!) and bringing woodlands back into management
  • Public Forest Estate: will remain in public ownership and will receive slightly more funding. It will be managed by a new body, to be created in the future, that will have greater independence from Government and greater freedom to manage its resources and maximise its income. This seems like a good move.
  • Improving public access to woods: by working with landowners, particularly close to our towns and promote community involvement in woodland management

A full copy of the SmithsGore Landscope briefing can be viewed here