Visit to Barwhillanty Estate - 25 June
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Date: 25th June
Meeting point: The Yard Bar, Barwhillanty Estate, Parton, Castle Douglas, DG7 3NS
Cost: members £15+VAT, Non-Members £30+VAT
Estate visit focus: A day of knowledge sharing with an emphasis on commercial forestry
Barwhillanty is a 5000acre estate in the beautiful Galloway hills of Kirkcudbrightshire, South West Scotland. It has been family run since 1884 with a holistic view to land management and conservation. The core business includes 3200 acres of commercial forestry, a home farm of 690 acres, comprising of 900 ewes and 250 hogs, 4 let farms (a mixed dairy and 3 traditional beef/sheep farms), and 24 residential properties, a majority of which are let at affordable rents. Additionally, Barwhillanty is a sporting estate (stalking, fishing and game shooting), provide holiday accommodation, are a local wood-fuel provider and are looking to grow their business portfolio.
Oscar Yerburgh who owns and runs the estate will lead the tour, alongside Colin Kennedy from Scottish Woodlands.
10:00: Arrival and registration
10:30: A brief overview of the estate in the Yard Bar, which will cover;
• The recent generational change and the hands-on approach to running the estate
• Diversification into weddings, yoga retreats and events
• Embracing new ways of working, incorporating technology and the environment.
11:15: Tour of the estate with a focus on commercial forestry (FSC approved), which is managed by Colin Kennedy of Scottish Woodlands: Recent planting, harvesting, farm woodland (Argo forestry), Phytophthora ramorum, biomass (3 RHI schemes in operation)
14:00: Lunch in the Walled Garden (Wood fired pizzas and salad). Lunch is included in the price.
Directions can be downloaded from the Barwhillanty Estate website here.
Please can all guests follow the Barwhillanty Estate access guidelines on bio security for the visit, which can be found here. Car sharing will be required for the tour of the estate.
We would like to thank Oscar and Maria Yerburgh for kindly hosting the visit.
Cancellations & Refunds: less a 25% administration fee, will be available for any cancellations received in writing by 17 June 2019. Thereafter bookings are not refundable. Substitutions may be made at no charge.