Andrew Bruce Wootton of Atholl Estates talks to Murdo Fraser MSP
A programme of visits by prominent MSPs to the Perthshire estate of Atholl has begun with Murdo Fraser being shown how managers use the limited assets of the extensive rural landholding to generate income and create jobs, in turn helping support a fragile rural economy.
Mr Fraser commented:
“It was very interesting and useful for me both as a local resident and political representative to see for myself how a large estate like Atholl works, and the way in which each and every asset must be sweated in order to produce a sustainable income. The practical aspects I looked at were the country sports business including stalking, grouse and angling, and also the recent hydro and housing enterprises being taken forward. Of particular interest were the social responsibility and community engagement aspects that are woven through everything the estate does for the benefit of the local population”.
“I wanted to gain an understanding of the economics behind the running of a large estate and the overall financial picture which creates employment and lays the foundations of the local community’s livelihood. This was an invaluable experience for me and I will use the knowledge gained in my future parliamentary work”.
The Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP was escorted on the visit by Atholl Estate General Manager, Andrew Bruce Wootton and Scottish Land & Estates Regional Manager Scott Petrie.
Other MSP visits are scheduled from Willie Rennie MSP, Annabelle Ewing MSP and Claire Baker MSP.