How to engage successfully with landowners
The Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership are running a series of workshops to aid our Catchment Champions in their role. One of these workshops focussed on how to engage successfully with landowners; with Don Vine from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust as guest speaker.
The workshop covered the following areas:
1. Types of Landowner
2. First Approach/Contact
3. Top Tips
Types of Landowner
• Large Landowners – Local Authority, Utility Companies, National Trust, Etc.
• Private/Public companies
• Large estates
• Private householders
Before contacting/approaching a landowner it is important to consider the following things:
• Why are you visiting? E.g. access for works, potential project discussions etc.
• When are you planning to visit? Is it a busy period for the landowner?
• What is the land currently used for?
• Do you have a contact name & number?
Once you’ve done your research, it is time to contact the landowner. This could be via a letter, phone call, email or even a landowner event/workshop. Once you’ve engaged the landowner try to organise a face-to-face meeting, as they would generally prefer to see you to discuss projects that may involve their land.
Here are the top tips to help you engage successfully with landowners:
• Be prepared and do your research about the site you’re visiting
• Do not pre-judge the landowner – keep an open mind
• Be prepared to negotiate and meet in the middle
• Make sure that you have plenty of time for your first visit
• Keep in mind your desired outcomes
The most important thing to do is thank them for their time, help and cooperation!