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
• Farmers

First Approach/Contact

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.

Top Tips

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!