Agricultural land owned by University

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Dear University of Strathclyde,

SOS-UK is developing a programme to support universities and colleges to manage the agricultural land that they own to achieve their Net Zero targets and to support the recovery of nature and biodiversity in the UK.

We are writing to all universities and colleges across the UK to find out if they (or any wholly owned subsidiary) own agricultural land, so that we can plan our new programme to best fit the needs of the sector.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, we would appreciate it if you could please provide us with responses to the questions below, to help us with this important work.

We define a "wholly owned subsidiary" to be a company or other formally recognised organisation that is under full ownership or control of the university.

We define an "agricultural land" as per the Agricultural Act 1947:

“agriculture” includes horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy farming and livestock breeding and keeping, the use of land as grazing land, meadow land, osier land, market gardens and nursery grounds, and the use of land for woodlands where that use is ancillary to the farming of land for other agricultural purposes (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo...>)

Our request below therefore excludes any woodland that is managed for commercial production.

Please could you tell us:

1. Does your university, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, own any agricultural land in the UK?

2. What is the approximate total area, in hectares, of the agricultural land holdings owned by your university, and/or wholly owned subsidiary, in the UK?

3. If the agricultural land that your university, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, owns is split over multiple holdings under separate management, please could you tell us the number of separately managed agricultural holdings?

4. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your university, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are managed by staff employed directly by your university and/or the subsidiary?

5. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your university, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are leased to one or more tenant farmers?

6. Please tell us the type of leases in place on that tenanted land: (a) farm business tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995), (b) annual grazing/cropping license, (c) full agricultural tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1986), (d) other (please specify)

If you are interested to find out more about this work on farming, climate and nature please get in touch at [email address].

Yours faithfully,

SOS-UK

FOI Strathclyde, University of Strathclyde

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University of Strathclyde

 

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Dear Information Governance Unit @ Strathclyde,

Many thanks for your query. I am leading this piece of work at SOS-UK and so you can use my name for the request.

All the best
Kate Winters
Senior Project Manager – Food & Farming
SOS-UK

FOI Strathclyde, University of Strathclyde

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We will acknowledge and respond to your enquiry in due course.

Kind regards,

Information Governance Unit (IGU)

University of Strathclyde

FOI Strathclyde, University of Strathclyde

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Dear Kate Winters,

 

FOI Request Reference – 2023/245

 

Thank you for your email below requesting information under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

The University acknowledges receipt of this request and will respond as
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received. You will hear back from us by 04 September 2023 at the latest.
The Information Governance Unit will contact you if we require any further
information.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Unit

University of Strathclyde

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Dear University of Strathclyde,

 

SOS-UK is developing a programme to support universities and colleges to
manage the agricultural land that they own to achieve their Net Zero
targets and to support the recovery of nature and biodiversity in the UK.

 

We are writing to all universities and colleges across the UK to find out
if they (or any wholly owned subsidiary) own agricultural land, so that we
can plan our new programme to best fit the needs of the sector.

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act, we would appreciate it if you could
please provide us with responses to the questions below, to help us with
this important work.

 

We define a "wholly owned subsidiary" to be a company or other formally
recognised organisation that is under full ownership or control of the
university.

 

We define an "agricultural land" as per the Agricultural Act 1947:

 

“agriculture” includes horticulture, fruit growing, seed growing, dairy
farming and livestock breeding and keeping, the use of land as grazing
land, meadow land, osier land, market gardens and nursery grounds, and the
use of land for woodlands where that use is ancillary to the farming of
land for other agricultural purposes
([3]https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo...>)

 

Our request below therefore excludes any woodland that is managed for
commercial production.

 

Please could you tell us:

 

1. Does your university, and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, own any
agricultural land in the UK?

 

2. What is the approximate total area, in hectares, of the agricultural
land holdings owned by your university, and/or wholly owned subsidiary, in
the UK?

 

3. If the agricultural land that your university, and/or any wholly owned
subsidiary, owns is split over multiple holdings under separate
management, please could you tell us the number of separately managed
agricultural holdings?

 

4. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your university,
and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are managed by staff employed directly
by your university and/or the subsidiary?

 

5. How many hectares of the agricultural land owned by your university,
and/or any wholly owned subsidiary, are leased to one or more tenant
farmers?

 

6. Please tell us the type of leases in place on that tenanted land: (a)
farm business tenancy (subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995),
(b) annual grazing/cropping license, (c) full agricultural tenancy
(subject to the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1986), (d) other (please
specify)

 

If you are interested to find out more about this work on farming, climate
and nature please get in touch at [4][email address].

 

Yours faithfully,

 

SOS-UK

 

All the best

Kate Winters

Senior Project Manager – Food & Farming

SOS-UK

 

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Dear Kate Winters,

 

FOI Request Reference – 2023/245

 

Thank you for your email of 07 August 2023 requesting information under
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

 

Please find the University’s response attached.

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Unit

University of Strathclyde

Email: [1][University of Strathclyde request email]

 

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2019 & 2021
For Higher and Further Education
 
UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR
2012 & 2019
Times Higher Education
 
SCOTTISH UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR
2020
The Times & The Sunday Times
 
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The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, number SC015263.
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Dear University of Strathclyde,

Many thanks for taking the time to reply to our request. Your response is really valuable in helping us to assess the potential for farmland holdings in the education sector to have a positive impact for the climate and nature.

If you have any questions about our research or our programme, please feel free to get in touch with the team at [email address].

Warm regards,

Kate Winters