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New Research Recognises Landowners' Contribution to Cairngorms National Park

A survey of landowners in the Cairngorms National Park has been completed, providing information on the current activities of estates in the National Park and their future aspirations. The aim was to gather information on the current economic, social and environmental contribution of landowners in the National Park.
The research was based on results of a survey that covered 66% of the area of the National Park, the first study of its kind within the park since 2002. Using per hectare figures for economic impacts calculated across the different land size categories, estimates were made for the total income derived economic impacts resulting from all landowners (including non-respondents) in the Cairngorms National Park. It was estimated that these landholdings generate £31.9 million income, which contributed £55.5 million to Scotland’s output after indirect and induced impacts were included. Direct expenditure (excluding staff) across all sectors was estimated as £13.2million, with total direct, indirect and induced expenditure impacts of £25.8million. Additional direct expenditure on staffing totalled £12.1 million, with total direct, indirect and induced impacts of staffing expenditure estimated as £29million. The dominant form of landholdings was found to be managed moorland (189,552ha), followed by rough grazing (66,678ha), conservation (35,165ha) commercial forestry (28,390ha) and native woodlands (19,384ha). The research also examined landowners’ relationships with their local communities, with examples of community-landowner interactions and partnerships evident. Thirty seven landowners regularly communicated with the local community, with 16 respondents actually owning or managing community facilities. Only 8 respondents said they did not communicate regularly with their local communities. Key future opportunities identified within the survey included the potential for renewable energy schemes, developing tourism, greater partnerships and collaborations between landholdings and other businesses as well as joint working between landowners and communities.
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