Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.  We try to ensure that all our activities have a positive impact on the environment including building a healthy soil, preventing soil erosion, monitoring and reducing our carbon footprint and the conservation and enhancement of habitats and wildlife. We are committed to working with nature to build a more sustainable future.

Environmental

The Estate promotes sustainable practices and takes steps to minimise its carbon footprint through the use of green energy sources including Solar panels, air source heat pumps and batteries for storing self generated electricity.  Over 5,000 trees have been planted in recent years and regenerative farming techniques are being used to allow Carbon to be sequestrated in the Soil.

Farming for Nature

The Estate practices a policy of Farming for Nature.  The farmland has been in Scottish Government environmental schemes for over 20 years and through these schemes we have done a huge amount of work to improve our biodiversity and habitat management.  We have created new wildlife corridors and planted new hedges interspersed with fruit trees.  Arable fields are left with over winter stubble to provide food for wildlife and stop winter soil erosion.  Field margins round all the fields provide cover for wildlife and habitat for pollinators.  A new wild flower meadow protects wild orchids and 20% of the farmland is planted with wild bird seed mixes designed to provide birds with cover and food over the winter months.

Wildlife

We strive to enhance our biodiversity and have an on-going programme of improving habitats for our wildlife.  Trees have been planted, hedgerows improved and a pond built.  Birdboxes and Owl perches have been set up, Wild Bird Seed mixes sown and fruit trees planted to provide food.  We now have bee hives, Otters, Barn Owls, Kingfishers and Ospreys.

Woodland

The Estate has moved away from commercial woodlands and instead focuses on creating and managing long term amenity woodlands which can be enjoyed by visitors and walkers.  Each area of woodland contains a mix of hardwood and softwood trees which are managed to ensure that they provide the maximum habitat benefits.  The woodlands give a staggering show of colours in the Autumn and include trees planted over 300 years ago and some of the tallest Douglas Firs in the South of Scotland.

Properties

The Estate aims to ensure that all its properties are modernised in an energy efficient manner.  A recent conversion of an old stone barn into an environmental office space demonstrates how older farm buildings can be sympathetically used in a modern world.  Good insulation, underfloor heating, an air source heat pump and solar panels linked to a Tesla Battery all help ensure that the building is Off Grid for part of the year.

Education

The Estate has created a Woodland Classroom that is used by local Schools and Community Groups.  We believe strongly that by educating the next generation about nature it is more likely that they will want to look after it.