Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners across Scotland, has said it is delighted to be involved in efforts by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) to encourage more collaboration in order to achieve greater diversity of habitats in the uplands of the park.
The announcement was made by the CNPA ahead of their board meeting later this week, and Scottish Land & Estates said it was supportive of further partnership within the Cairngorms in the wake of the success of the Wildlife Estates Scotland initiative.
Tim Baynes, Director of the Scottish Moorland Group – part of Scottish Land & Estates - said: “We are delighted to be involved with CNPA in developing a process of greater collaboration between landholdings in the park.
“The strategy will explore how individual estates, which all have different management objectives and are already delivering a range of public benefits, can do so more effectively and in a more “joined up” way. From initial discussions, it is clear that interests between estates within the park are often aligned and more can be done to ensure that this is maximised for the full benefit of all stakeholders.
“This process will also build on and help develop the Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) initiative which has received great support from the CNPA. Eight landholdings in the park are already WES accredited, covering more than 85,000 hectares or 20% of the park, with a further seven currently progressing towards Level 2 applications. As exemplified with the case of Balmoral Estate this week, WES has been an outstanding success since it was first established in 2010 and anything we can do to progress the initiative, alongside the CNPA, is to be welcomed.”
More information on the CNPA announcement is available here:-