Well regarded agricultural surveyor Philip Venner is looking forward to a busy retirement as he steps down from Greenslade Taylor Hunt after 27 years.

“There will be more time for fly fishing, growing better carrots and getting to the gym more often!” he said.

Mr Venner FRICS FAAV joined R.B. Taylor, the GTH forerunner, at Sturminster Newton in 1990 and moved to Yeovil in 1999.

Farming is very much in the family DNA – the Venners can trace their history back through Devon and Somerset over many centuries. The family began farming at Crewkerne in 1500.

Charles Clark, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, paid tribute to Philip Venner who has been an exemplary member of firstly R B Taylor and Sons and then Greenslade Taylor Hunt for 27 years.  He said that Philip had been the consummate professional, extremely conscientious with an eye for detail and a tremendous knowledge of farmers and farming in the Dorset area in particular.  Though never one to seek the lime light Philip was always willing to turn his hand to any rural task and his range of valuation and Landlord Tenant expertise was well renowned.  He earned the widespread respect of fellow professionals and numerous farmers and clients throughout his career.  He has been a fine colleague and friend to many of us and he is rightly proud of his farming and agricultural heritage.  We would like to thank him for his hard work over the years and we wish him and his family a long and rewarding retirement.

His career included a stint as an auctioneer selling calves at Sturminster Newton. In its heyday the market at Sturminster Newton was the largest calf market in Europe selling 2,000 calves a week.

Philip Venner’s professional life has been devoted to serving farmers and the farming community over generations. He has enjoyed establishing long-standing relationships with farmers.

“Having a good base of clients you get to know over a long period of time. Some of my clients I have known for 30 years, “ he said.

He has enjoyed the variety of the professional work including valuations and landlord and tenant work he has undertaken and has also provided mentoring and advice to the next generation of agricultural surveyors.