Profiles/ Andrew Bradford, Kincardine Estate, Aberdeenshire

Andrew Bradford, Kincardine Estate, Aberdeenshire

Andrew Bradford, who has chaired Scottish Land & Estates (formerly the SRPBA) housing groups since the 1980s, concludes: “I’m a member of Scottish Land & Estates because by working together, land and rural businesses like ours can achieve recognition for the good they bring to rural Scotland, and be represented by them on a wide range of important issues. We can't hope to do that alone.”

Managing a range of local, rural enterprises

Kincardine Estate is probably a typical example of a mixed estate with a wide variety of enterprises including farming, forestry, fishing, shooting and stalking.

The estate:
  • Rents out most of its large housing stock at affordable and mid-market rents.
  • Leases shops, offices and workshops.
  • Has a quarry operated by the local authority (provides the road-metal for most of west Aberdeenshire).
  • Has a Victorian castle run as a corporate and private hospitality venue.
  • Has a small food business based in the castle producing jams, chutneys and home-baked foods.
  • Supplies a special ‘food parcel’ for forces serving abroad to help raise funds for charities helping injured servicemen.
  • Has some 16 local employees working for it, and does a lot of trade with local businesses.

Investigating alternative energy solutions

The estate has a ‘green’ agenda:
  • It plans to install wood-chip central heating for the castle in 2011.
  • Is investigating wind and water power.
  • Aims to install a wood-powered central heating plant for housing in the local village.
  • Hopes to participate in a study to find practical ways of insulating traditional granite cottages.
  • Delivers its food products in an electric van.
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