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Landowners Welcome New Research Recognising Contribution of Estates

Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, today welcomed the publication of a ‘formidable research project’ which recognises the major social, economic and environmental contribution of upland estates.

‘Lairds, Land and Sustainability: Scottish Perspectives on Upland Management’ is edited by Jayne Glass, Martin F. Price, Charles Warren and Alister Scott. The book represents the final synthesis of the ‘Sustainable Estates for the 21st Century’ project, based at the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands.

Speaking in Edinburgh at the launch of the book,published by Edinburgh University Press, Professor Martin Price, who led the project, said: “I believe this book provides a significant contribution to the understanding of the complex challenges faced by those owning, managing, living on and near, and visiting Scotland’s upland estates.  Inevitably, it raises many issues for research and analysis to be undertaken in future projects.”

“Though the focus of the book is specifically on Scotland’s uplands, I also believe that many of the issues it addresses are relevant for other rural and mountain areas elsewhere in Europe and more widely”

Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “This formidable research project has given a valuable insight to the many benefits of integrated land management and we concur with a key finding that ‘no single model of estate ownership and management is the answer’.

“As this book makes clear, there are many examples of proactive good practice by estates, be they private, NGO or community-owned. This is further compelling evidence that a mixed pattern of landownership and land management does deliver for rural Scotland. As we have stated many times, what’s done with the land is as important as who owns it.”

“We are also pleased the researchers identified that estates do not exist in isolation and that engagement and collaboration with local communities is essential. This does happen across Scotland and we would like to see more of it as working together in partnership does result in widespread benefits.”


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