Specialist rural practice chartered surveyors and planning consultants

Meet the team

All our team are from farming, rural landowning and equestrian backgrounds, so we understand the practicalities and implications involved when you are making decisions about your property, whether it is your business, your home or both.

Sam Franklin


Having grown up on a mixed livestock and arable farm in the heart of Bedfordshire, Sam has retained strong roots in agriculture and the farming community. Sam graduated with BSc (Hons) in Agriculture from the Newcastle University in 1987 and then went on to qualify as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and as a Fellow of the Association of Agricultural Valuers. Sam is also an Agricultural Consultant (MBIAC), Environmental Consultant (AIEMA) and Professional Soil Scientist (MISoilSci)

Sam started Landscope in 2001, based in Bedfordshire, operating across the Eastern Region and Central England, building upon his previous experience working in Private Practice, the RSPB, Local Authority and abroad in the Former Soviet Union on land ownership restructuring. The practice has grown based on its strong track record of success in rural practice surveying and planning consultancy, resulting in personal referrals and repeat business.

Sam is a supporter of Bedfordshire Young Farmers, having enjoyed being a Young Farmer himself and taking part, in particular in Public Debating competitions and international work, as well as the extensive social aspects of YFC. Having owned and ridden horses since childhood, he is experienced in all things equestrian and is proud to support the Oakley Hunt, the British Horse Society in Bedfordshire, World Horse Welfare and, through his children The Pony Club. He has 3 Children all are keen riders.

Contact Sam on 01525 630113 or email sfranklin@landscope.co.uk

Elaine Franklin

BSc (Hons) MCIM

Elaine grew up on a farm and livery stables in Bedfordshire. Having gained a degree in Agricultural Business Management at Wye College (London University) she took a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM). Over 20 years, she developed an extensive career in Brand Marketing and Innovation, in major companies including Weetabix, Britvic Soft Drinks, United Biscuits (McVities) and Whitworths up to Board Level, as well as food retailing as Business Planning Manager of the Grocery Division at Tesco.

Elaine joined Landscope in 2012 and has since developed her experience in Business Development and Planning Consultancy, with particular specialisms in Strategic Land Development and Equestrian Planning & Development.She uses her strong marketing, communications and project management skills to engage stakeholders at all levels, manage the design process and keep planning and development projects on track.

She also offers advice on developing new business streams and growth strategies, drawing on her experience of innovation best practice, applying it to small rural businesses with experience in on-farm food processing and farm retail operations, equestrian livery and other customer facing enterprises.To that end she works closely with clients to create and write strategically underpinned, action oriented Business Plans, which can then be used to secure funding, apply for planning permission and other opportunities to drive business growth.

Also a keen horse-woman, Elaine was a Member of the Pony Club and continues to support the Ivel Valley branch of The Pony Club, the BHS, and Bedford Girls School Equestrian Team, with her children. Elaine was also a member and remains a keen supporter of the Bedfordshire Young Farmers Federation.

Contact Elaine on 01525 630113 or email efranklin@landscope.co.uk

Gillian Baggott

Gillian joined Landscope in February 2015 as Office Administrator and PA to the Surveyors. She brings to Landscope a wealth of experience gained in rural organisations, such as Silsoe College and RSPB, in business and project management. She is particularly strong in chasing through the detail and making sure that the business is efficient and well organised. Gillian is also responsible for the day to day management of finance and administration.


Our latest addition to the team takes her job as a major distraction for staff and the office security manager very seriously!