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Fivefold Agency growth at Davidson & Robertson

Posted: May 16, 2024

There has been a fivefold increase in rural property sellers approaching Davidson & Robertson to market their properties this spring. The market is ticking upward in terms of the number of properties coming to market, and more sellers are choosing D&R as their agent for both on and off-market sales. Chris Edmunds, D&R Director and [...]

Davidson & Robertson Fivefold agency growth rural property sales and valuations

Case Study: Successfully supporting Kettlehill Farm on Utilities projects

Posted: April 17, 2024

Situated in the picturesque region of East Dunbartonshire is Kettlehill Farm; a family-owned multigenerational farm with significant land holdings specialising in beef, sheep, and arable farming. The family-farm has been a loyal client of D&R for decades and have trusted Ian Austin and his team to provide advice on a wide range of Utilities, Energy [...]

Davidson & Robertson Case Study Successfully supporting Kettlehill Farm on Utilities projects

Marginal returns on coniferous shelterbelts – are broadleaves the modern alternative?

Posted: April 16, 2024

Many farmers now agree that shelterbelts on farms are good for their land, livestock and also for the environmental sustainability of flora and fauna. Over the years there has been a push towards conifer planting for commercial gain, but could there be other, better long term options for farms by moving from coniferous to broadleaf [...]

Davidson & Robertson Keith Muir Marginal returns on coniferous shelterbelts – are broadleaves the modern alternative

Great demand for support on infrastructure projects from NFUS members

Posted: April 16, 2024

Davidson & Robertson (D&R) has partnered with NFUS to support members on infrastructure issues. They have seen high demand due to the growing number of projects across Scotland, ranging from electricity upgrades and energising rail lines to new water pipeline plans.  The Affinity Partnership between D&R and NFUS was launched at AgriScot in November and [...]

Davidson & Robertson Ian Austin Great demand for support on infrastructure projects from NFUS members

Top five actions to take when faced with electricity infrastructure projects on your land

Posted: April 16, 2024

Many farmers and landowners are going to be affected by the significant upgrades to electricity infrastructure, but not everyone knows what to do when the first official letter drops through the door. There are several ongoing consultations in the North East of Scotland about the new overhead lines, which are all at various stages. There [...]

Davidson & Robertson Alasdair Allan Top five actions to take when faced with electricity infrastructure projects on your land

Renewable developers still hungry for sites

Posted: April 16, 2024

Several renewable companies have terminated fixed price contracts awarded by the UK Government relating to onshore energy projects output prices, sparking concern that renewables development has peaked. This is not the case, renewables developers are hungry for more sites across Scotland and they are also prospecting for onshore wind sites in England. So, energy development [...]

Davidson & Robertson Derek Bathgate Renewable developers still hungry for sites

Case Study: Successful sale of rarely available Dumfriesshire Farm

Posted: February 6, 2024

  Our client approached us to market the sale of Upper Mains Farm, an excellently developed 230 acre beef and sheep farm with arable potential that was rarely available in the local market of the highly productive Dumfriesshire lowlands. The property included: A traditional, 5 bedroom farmhouse An excellent range of traditional and modern buildings [...]

Chris Edmunds develops new Head of Agency role at Davidson & Robertson

Posted: February 1, 2024

Driving forward the growth of the property sales services at Davidson & Robertson (D&R) is Director Chris Edmunds. He takes the lead as Head of Agency for the business which is seeing their property sales service developing across Scotland and Northern England. Chris Edmunds spent his placement year with the firm at the Edinburgh office [...]

Chris Edmunds develops new Head of Agency role at Davidson & Robertson

Maximising value when selling your rural property

Posted: February 1, 2024

Selling your property is done only once, so knowing how well you are positioned in the marketplace and what you can do to improve your chances of a sale is critical. Deciding when and how to sell, and who you want to use as an agent, are the first three key issues facing property owners [...]

Tess Gibson passes exams to become the newest Chartered Surveyor at Davidson & Robertson

Posted: January 23, 2024

Passing her professional exams just before Christmas, Tess Gibson becomes Lanarkshire’s newest qualified Chartered Surveyor and a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A farmer’s daughter from near Biggar, Tess Gibson studied for her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) whilst working with Davidson & Robertson, the rural surveyors, and consultants with offices [...]

Tess Gibson passes exams to become the newest Chartered Surveyor at Davidson & Robertson

Alasdair Allan, January promotion for dynamic young Land Agent at Davidson & Robertson

Posted: January 22, 2024

Alasdair Allan, Land Agent at Davidson & Robertson (D&R), has been promoted to Senior Associate in recognition of his utility work responsibilities. Alasdair joined D&R, the firm of rural surveyors and consultants, three years ago, and now acts as Land Agent focusing on infrastructure and utility work. His promotion to Senior Associate recognises the experience [...]

Alasdair Allan, January promotion for dynamic young Land Agent at Davidson & Robertson

New Director signals growth in Cumbria and SW Scotland

Posted: January 19, 2024

Chartered Surveyor Paul Robinson, has joined the Senior Management Team of Directors at Davidson & Robertson (D&R), creating a stronger platform for growing the business and developing staff across Cumbria and south west Scotland. Davidson & Robertson, the firm of rural surveyors and consultants, with offices on both sides of the border has promoted one [...]

New Director, Paul Robinson, signals growth in Cumbria and SW Scotland Davidson & Robertson Rural Surveyors & Consultants

Katie Kolita passes exams to become the newest Chartered Surveyor in Dumfries & Galloway

Posted: December 12, 2023

Passing her professional competence exams, Katie Kolita has qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Davidson & Robertson, becoming the newest Chartered Surveyor in Dumfries & Galloway. Katie Kolita studied for her Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) whilst working with Davidson & Robertson, the rural surveyors and consultants with offices in Castle Douglas. Passing the assessment, [...]

Davidson & Robertson becomes NFU Scotland Utilities & Infrastructure Affinity Partner

Posted: November 22, 2023

D&R launch new utilities & infrastructure helpline for NFUS members Through our new Affinity Partnership with NFU Scotland, Davidson & Robertson will be supporting NFUS members when statutory undertakers like Scottish Power, Scottish Water, or Network Rail need to do work on their land. We’ll help members understand their rights and what can be claimed [...]

5 ways green energy could make more money from your land

Posted: November 22, 2023

The move to green energy in Scotland will impact almost all farmers, even those whose land isn’t suited to turbines or solar panels. The National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) sets out guidance resulting in a general assumption in favour of planning being granted for the renewable developments that result in more green energy production which [...]

Conflict and friction – the move to arbitration

Posted: November 14, 2023

There is a strong push for change in how rural disputes are handled. Historically the disputes were most common between landlords and tenants. Today, the balance of conflicts has changed and there are now a growing number of issues as a result of the numerous infrastructure and energy projects in progress and in the pipeline. [...]

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) – amnesty means demand for sites is high

Posted: November 13, 2023

There has been an amnesty for developers wishing to cancel or reduce their grid capacity applications for grid connection projects that have stalled. It means grid capacity has become more readily available, leading to increased demand from developers for suitable sites – and more approaches to landlords and tenants. BESS storage sites remain a profitable [...]

Cashing in on existing telecom agreements

Posted: November 10, 2023

Telecom masts on your land are an asset which should be managed to maximise your benefits from them. We have seen many examples where agreements have not been reviewed and income not accounted for, so we are urging landowners to reacquaint themselves with the lease terms. It may identify missed payments, highlight opportunities for future [...]

Know your rights – every utilities claim is different

Posted: November 9, 2023

The huge amount of utility work planned will mean disruption for landowners and tenants. If a proposed project may affect your land, it is important to engage with your Agent at the outset to minimise the impact. Not everyone realises that the cost of engaging an agent is generally met by the utility company. The [...]

Pipeline and pylons – A case study of utility claims for long-running projects

Posted: November 8, 2023

NFUS member Mr Robert Barr, from East Kinleith Farm, Currie engaged D&R to support the business during a Scottish Water project to install a new pipeline through their farm. The main issues faced have been damage to and loss of crops, poor reinstatement of both land and drainage, loss of yield from crops in subsequent [...]

The Onshore Wind Sector Deal for Scotland – implications for farming and rural communities.

Posted: October 9, 2023

Author: Derek Bathgate Davidson & Robertson (D&R) Director and lead on Renewables The Onshore Wind Sector Deal for Scotland is a deal between the Scottish Government and the onshore wind sector (the developers and stakeholders). It sets out the ambition for the next phase of onshore wind energy in Scotland. Both parties realised the need [...]

Martin Hall appointed Senior Vice President of CAAV

Posted: July 20, 2023

Meet your 2023/2024 CAAV Presidential Team L-R: Martin Hall (Senior Vice President, Malcolm Gale (National President), Julie Liddle (Junior Vice President) Congratulations to D&R’s Senior Director Martin Hall who was elected Senior Vice President of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) for 2023/2024 at their AGM in Oxford. Malcolm Gale takes on the role [...]

Development land update: Cumbria and Lake District

Posted: July 10, 2023

Authors: Chris Edmunds, Director and Nathaniel Walton, Graduate Surveyor Land with potential for development can carry a value of 20 times that of agricultural value, however realising this level of increased value depends on receiving the right promotion and guidance. Davidson & Robertson is currently involved with over 130 development sites across the business throughout [...]

Significant electricity transmission upgrades – what you need to know

Posted: July 9, 2023

Author: Sarah Bennett, D&R Associate, Castle Douglas Electricity networks across the country are undergoing a significant upgrade to ensure the grid can deal with the additional electricity being generated as part of the drive towards Net Zero. Construction of new pylon lines Electricity companies on both sides of the border have major construction works planned [...]

Forestry land sales

Posted: July 8, 2023

The current picture – a land sales perspective William Dalrymple, Davidson & Robertson Associate, is responsible for forestry and land sales across Scotland. There are larger companies that provide detailed land sales updates which we will reference, but this article provides a D&R specialist perspective, based on the work we carry out for clients and [...]

Caution – deadline looming for Short-Term Let Licensing Scheme

Posted: July 7, 2023

Author: Katie Kolita D&R Graduate Surveyor, Castle Douglas Many self-catering property owners and operators will by now be aware of the Short-Term Let Licencing Scheme.  However, official figures from the Public Registers show very few proprietors have materially got their licences in place and the 1st October deadline looms. Katie Kolita has been working with [...]

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Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) – market update

Posted: July 6, 2023

In the UK, the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is accelerating rapidly, and the adoption of the National Planning Framework 4 Policy (NPF4) means Scotland actively promotes renewable energy and the government’s net zero target. It is no surprise that developers and operators are still approaching Scottish landowners seeking Battery Energy Storage [...]

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Key considerations when selling or buying equestrian property

Posted: July 5, 2023

The equestrian property market in Scotland remains strong, despite current fluctuating market uncertainties and increased mortgage rates. For anyone looking at equestrian properties, the list of key considerations is in double figures, but there are five that Lewis Anderson, Aberdeen-based Director at Davidson & Robertson (D&R) believes are core. Lewis Anderson has firsthand experience of [...]

Natural capital appraisals mark the way forward for land managers

Posted: July 5, 2023

For landowners and managers, natural capital appraisals will be an essential tool for the future, enabling businesses to harness the best opportunities for their land. Managing land for a whole range of purposes encompassing farming, forestry and a slew of environmental initiatives is about to hit a new level of complexity, bringing with it both [...]

New winners for the SAYFC national Tug of War competition

Posted: June 26, 2023

The grand final of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC) Tug of War competition held on Saturday at the Royal Highland Show highlighted the passion, power and strength of the young farmers’ teams taking part. Sponsored by Davidson & Robertson, the men’s event was won by Lesmahagow-Young-Farmers and the ladies’ competition was won by [...]

Long-Term Forest Plans – managing woodlands for the future

Posted: June 26, 2023

Author: Keith Muir, D&R Associate Director and Forestry lead, Castle Douglas We have previously talked about Long-Term Forest Plans (LTFP) in relation to managing mature broadleaf woodlands in a structured and professional way, but what is an LTFP and why are they being discussed? Forest Plans are not new, they have been in existence as [...]

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The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Housing Bill on residential tenancy – an update

Posted: June 21, 2023

By Amy Laird, Senior Surveyor, Lanark The Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) Scotland Bill, was passed on the 6th of October 2022 and became an act on the 27th October 2022. The key points of the bill are as follows: 1) Restricting landlords from increasing the amount of rent they can charge on residential tenancies, [...]

The renewable energy market in review – 4 key components

Posted: June 13, 2023

There is so much is going on in the renewables and energy marketplace, especially with governments’ legally binding targets for Net Zero on the horizon. Derek Bathgate, Director at Davidson & Robertson (D&R) reviews the four key components that are the main energy focus. In the UK, it is Scotland that leads the way with [...]

It’s time to challenge the Woodland Carbon Code model

Posted: June 13, 2023

The Scottish Farmer front cover article (27th May 2023) highlights forestry’s failure to generate carbon credits. Commenting on the Woodland Carbon Code Model, Keith Muir, Head of Forestry at Davidson & Robertson asks, is it time to challenge the code? The Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) was originally designed to take out carbon from the atmosphere, [...]

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Consultation deadline looms – will you be affected by new infrastructure projects on the East Coast?

Posted: May 29, 2023

Scotland is making a vast contribution to the UK’s strategy of lowering carbon emissions and driving forward the supply of green renewable energy.  To achieve this, large scale energy infrastructure projects are in the pipeline right across Scotland, particularly along the East Coast. These will have huge implications for communities, so it’s vital the public [...]

Impressively maintained highly productive farm for sale in Annan

Posted: May 5, 2023

It is rare to see such an impressively well managed lowland farm come to the market in the Dumfriesshire lowlands area, but such a farm has just been launched in the Solway Firth Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Upper Mains Farm has been placed on the market (Thursday 4th May) at Offers Over £2.45 [...]

Duncan Glen joins as Director with natural capital focus

Posted: April 10, 2023

Duncan Glen has over thirty years’ experience in environmental land management for public and private sector clients and charitable organisations. He recently joined D&R from Strutt & Parker where he was Director of Environmental Land Management and will be based at the new Davidson & Robertson office in Northumberland. Growing up near Berwick, Duncan has [...]

Walking the right line – are farmers missing out on utility claims?

Posted: April 10, 2023

Farmers and landowners affected by utility work are not always aware of the claims they can make says D&R Land Agent Ian McKnight, and being involved when a utility project is first announced can make a real difference. Infrastructure schemes, be they with utility companies, or road and rail, or renewable projects, are often complex [...]

Succession planning and valuations – protect your family and business

Posted: April 10, 2023

By Graeme Ferguson, Director and Head of Rural & Agency Establishing a plan for farm or estate succession will ensure effective transfer of assets to the next generation, and a strong succession plan will help protect your business and your family. Capital taxes can be a significant financial drain on property owners, but many are [...]

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Adding value to rural estates

Posted: April 10, 2023

By Niall Milner, Director and Head of Property & Forestry In an ever-changing world of agricultural policy, Brexit, global conflict and pandemic triggering recession in the UK the key principles to managing your estate still stand and will provide you with a robust business for an ever-changing rural market place. Diversify your income – as [...]

Generational change in farming

Posted: April 10, 2023

By Martin Hall, Senior Director My role as Junior Vice President of CAAV offers a broad perspective of the significant shift underway in the countryside. Farming is currently experiencing a generational change – probably the greatest change we have seen in 50 years – and there have never been so many potential paths to follow [...]

EV charging points – an opportunity to charge

Posted: April 3, 2023

By Ian Austin, Director and Head of Utilities, Energy & Infrastructure “As the drive to double the size of Scotland’s Electric Vehicle (EV) charging network becomes more pressing, there are significant opportunities for landowners”, says Ian Austin, Director and Head of Utilities, Energy & Infrastructure at Davidson & Robertson. The UK government published its ‘Ten [...]

Short-Term Let Licensing for Self-Catering Properties

Posted: April 3, 2023

What is it and how will it affect your business? Offering self-catering holiday accommodation has become a key diversification strategy for many farmers and landowners across Scotland. Whether you have several cottages, or a single city flat, under new legislation a licence will be required to continue to operate. The Short-Term Let Licencing Scheme (“the [...]

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Spring property market update 2023

Posted: March 15, 2023

Authors: Davidson & Robertson Director Lewis Anderson and Associate Will Dalrymple The rural landscape is facing change in 2023. Global market fluctuations mean companies are becoming more risk averse and at home, changing UK governments and leaders have created uncertainty in the agricultural industry and rural property market. The Russia/Ukraine conflict has caused major impact [...]

New Director joins Davidson & Robertson team

Posted: March 14, 2023

Davidson & Robertson have strengthened our team with the senior appointment of Graeme Ferguson as Director to lead the Rural and Agency department. Graeme joins D&R with over twenty years’ experience as a Chartered Surveyor and has a strong background in rural and commercial property. A RICS Registered Valuer, he has worked in the Highland’s [...]

NPF4 – will it help unlock land for renewable projects?

Posted: March 14, 2023

Author Stuart Lobb, Associate Director Davidson & Robertson NPF4 assumptions could see the focus of adding value to land shifting from residential and commercial development towards renewable energy development. The Scottish Government recently set out its strategy to deliver and promote development that addresses the global climate emergency and nature crisis and achieve a net [...]

Why are tree Inspections essential and are they value for money?

Posted: March 10, 2023

By Keith Muir, Head of Forestry at Davidson & Robertson There have been severe storms for the last three years – some quite recent, so you don’t have to travel far to see fallen trees. Landowners have a responsibility to maintain the trees on their land and they are liable if something goes wrong.  By [...]

Iona’s a Woman in Agriculture

Posted: March 7, 2023

Iona’s a Woman in Agriculture Graduate Surveyor Iona Smith, who is based in Davidson & Robertson’s Ayr office, is working towards her APC with the goal of becoming a Chartered Surveyor. But she is also a very busy lady away from the office. Iona grew up on an Ayrshire beef and sheep farm and was [...]

Keeping the power of renewables and energy storage in your hands

Posted: February 3, 2023

Keeping the power of renewables and energy storage in your hands  By Derek Bathgate, Director at Davidson & Robertson Ahead of the Low Carbon Agriculture 2023 Conference (7-8th February) at Stoneleigh, Derek Bathgate who leads on renewables and energy development for Davidson & Robertson has been reviewing how this dynamic market can benefit landowners and [...]

New development hits the market – Riley Meadow

Posted: January 31, 2023

⭐ ⭐⭐NEW TO THE MARKET⭐ ⭐⭐ Riley Meadow presents a range of 7 modern new build homes for sale in the popular village of Monkhill that will be ready from February 2023. The development will consist of 4/5 bedroom detached houses and a rare opportunity to purchase a newbuild bungalow. The properties will lend themselves [...]

Defra release ELM Schemes update

Posted: January 31, 2023

Defra release ELM Schemes update Defra have published further information and a report on their Environmental Land Management (ELM) Schemes.   Of particular interest are details of the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) 2023 offer and an outline of how Countryside Stewardship (CS) will be taken forward in ELMs.   SFI launched in 2022 with three [...]

Long term plans to protect mature woodland

Posted: January 18, 2023

As new research highlights the benefit of protecting mature woodlands, we look at long-term woodland plans for mature woodland to ensure they are healthy and diverse. Keith Muir, Davidson & Robertson’s Head of Forestry, has been looking at new research which clearly vindicates what many foresters have known for years – mature woodlands are far [...]

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Slurry Infrastructure Grant

Posted: January 16, 2023

DEFRA has announced the new Slurry Infrastructure Grant. Farmers in England can apply to DEFRA for the new Slurry Infrastructure Grant of between £25,000 and £250,000. This grant is open to dairy, beef, and pig farmers with slurry systems that do not have 6 months worth of covered storage capacity, based on existing stock numbers. [...]

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Increased Payment Rates for Countryside Stewardship in England

Posted: January 10, 2023

With the start of the new year the there are changes to rates and payments for Countryside Stewardship in England. Capital Grants DEFRA have announced that the majority of Countryside Stewardship capital payments will increase from 5th January 2023, with rates up by an average of 48%. The increased rates will apply to capital agreements [...]

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Equestrian market update – Lewis Anderson, Director, takes the lead rein

Posted: December 16, 2022

The equestrian market is something that Davidson and Robertson believes has growth potential – especially around Aberdeenshire where there is a large and active horse population. Lewis Anderson, director in charge of the Davidson and Robertson Rural and Agency team, is in the perfect place to advise on the equine property market. Lewis is a [...]

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New face leads forestry team

Posted: December 5, 2022

Keith Muir has joined Davidson & Robertson as Associate Director, heading an expanding forestry team. With growing interest in woodland, management and diversification in the forestry industry, directors at Davidson & Robertson – rural surveyors and consultants, looked to strengthen their forestry team with a senior appointment to meet the demands from clients. Keith Muir [...]

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Quality training for 2 new Chartered Surveyors

Posted: December 2, 2022

Davidson & Robertson says quality training pays dividends as two new Chartered Surveyors qualify. Two newly qualified Chartered Surveyors are celebrating their success with their mentors at Davidson & Robertson, rural surveyors and consultants with offices across Scotland. Debra Jarvie and Will Frazer have passed their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) exams, qualifying as Chartered [...]

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Harnessing the power of hydro

Posted: November 28, 2022

D&R helped hotel client harness the power of hydro from iconic waterfall.   Davidson and Robertson, the rural surveyors and consultants with offices in Cockermouth, has been supporting a hotel client on a unique hydro project. The hotel is set to reduce electricity running costs, enabling them to cut their carbon footprint further and make it [...]

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Infrastructure projects – know your rights

Posted: November 7, 2022

Any infrastructure scheme is a complex project which often involves tricky and intricate negotiations frequently with long term implications. Being involved with clients when a project is first announced makes a huge difference – be that negotiating to adjust infrastructure routes, agreeing suitable mitigation measures and equipment, compensation and potentially including injurious affection (the negative [...]

Equine market resilience

Posted: November 7, 2022

The equine market is still very strong, and despite current fluctuating economic uncertainties, we have a number of equine properties coming to market in the coming months. In the last year D&R has successfully sold a range of rural and equestrian properties including: Equestrian property with fantastic facilities and access – prompt sale well in [...]

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Scottish Agriculture Bill

Posted: November 7, 2022

The Scottish Government has published a consultation on proposals for the Agricultural Bill, which will be introduced to parliament in 2023. This Bill will outline the overarching framework for future Scottish agricultural policy from which future legislation will be derived including details on the delivery of farm support schemes. The proposal summarizes how the Government [...]

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Taking control of electricity – time for solar to shine

Posted: November 7, 2022

As the well-publicised rises in the price of electricity for consumers and businesses are set to bite this autumn, is it time for tariff free small scale solar to be given serious consideration? Whilst there are no longer tariff payments for solar, the cost has tumbled since the introduction of the feed in tariff. A [...]

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The Continual Rise of Battery Storage

Posted: November 7, 2022

With much of the media discussion on energy prices and energy security, the battery energy storage system market is becoming increasingly more important and with battery storage operators seeing revenues continuing to grow, these operators and developers remain eager to secure ever more land rights for battery storage sites across Scotland and Northern England. The [...]

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Significant infrastructure projects will affect land and property owners

Posted: November 7, 2022

D&R has seen an increase in infrastructure and development projects affecting clients across Scotland and Northern England. From road and rail networks to renewables and electrical infrastructure investments, there are significant projects affecting landowners/occupiers now and several in the pipeline. From experience, we know that engaging in the process at the earliest possible stage can [...]

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2022 rural property market update

Posted: November 7, 2022

The rural property market in 2022 so far has provided an increased supply in comparison to 2020 and 2021. In regard to the rural residential market, areas near large urban settlements have seen an unprecedented amount of interest from people looking to relocate from built up areas. Flexible working patterns and the ease of working [...]

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2023 Graduate Scheme applications open

Posted: September 23, 2022

Welcome to the  2022 Graduate Team! Many congratulations to our six new Graduate Surveyors who began their career journey with us at the start of September. After a two-day induction at Head office, all of our Graduate Surveyors are settling into their new roles. They are located throughout our offices and are all eager to [...]

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Growing number of infrastructure projects

Posted: September 14, 2022

There are a growing number of infrastructure projects in Southern Scotland and Northern England that will affect land and property owners   Paul Robinson, Associate and Chartered Surveyor at Davidson & Robertson, has seen an increase in infrastructure and development projects affecting clients across northern England and southern Scotland. Paul joined Davidson & Robertson in [...]

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Promotions across the company this summer

Posted: September 5, 2022

This summer, Davidson & Robertson has announced a number of promotions, strengthening our team across Scotland and Northern England. In all, six promotions have been announced across the whole company. Alongside selective appointments, promotion, and growth from within has been a key strategy for the development of the D&R business. Chief Executive Linda Finlayson said [...]

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Scottish farm for sale – with 360 acres free grazing

Posted: August 22, 2022

Scottish farm for sale: It’s not often that an extensive livestock farm arrives on the market for sale with a castle ruin and a loch in the grounds, with the added bonus of an additional 362 acres of grace and favour grazing included. Carscreugh Farm, Glenluce, Wigtownshire DG8 0NU,  is a 1,666.57 acre stock farm that [...]

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Awards showcase farming businesses

Posted: August 15, 2022

Cumbria Farmer Awards – a great night to showcase farming businesses Davidson & Robertson was delighted to sponsor the Cumbria Farmer Awards again this year at Greenhill Hotel, Wigton. The event was a great showcase of Cumbria Farming and was an excellent evening. Members from the D&R Cumbria office (Chris Edmunds, Paul Robinson and Abigail [...]

It’s great to be back at shows this summer

Posted: July 27, 2022

Thank goodness the weather for this summer’s show season is being kind – something of a blessing for organisers and show visitors alike. Great gate turnouts at local shows this year will really help committees secure their shows for the future. So many have struggled with the cancellation of their events for the past couple [...]

SAYFC Tug of War – the final pull

Posted: June 27, 2022

SAYFC – back in action with passion, style and strength in epic Tug of War Finals The grand final of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC) Tug of War competition held on Saturday at the Royal Highland Show, was another epic battle of passion, power and skill. Sponsored by Davidson & Robertson, the men’s [...]

SAYFC Tug of War preview

Posted: June 24, 2022

SAYFC’s will be pulling for the team in the national Tug of War final    Vying for the top spot in the SAYFC Tug of War national finals at the Royal Highland Show this weekend will include title holders Ayr YFC ladies and Carluke YFC men’s tug of war teams. Saturday’s final will once again [...]

Win show tickets – terms & conditions

Posted: May 1, 2022

Show tickets – rules, terms and conditions 1.      The Cockermouth Show giveaway contest is open to registered users of Facebook, aged 18 or over. The competition will run from 18:00pm 18th July to Monday 25th July 4pm. The Turriff Show giveaway will run from 18.00 19th July to Wednesday 27th July. 2.     All information detailing [...]

Residential letting update

Posted: April 1, 2022

SCOTTISH CHANGES IN TIMESCALES FOR NOTICES TO LEAVE It has been confirmed that following changes to residential letting legislation in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the notice periods for notices to leave have been reinstated to pre-covid timescales. Notices served between 7th April 2020 and 30th March 2022 required 3 or 6 months’ notice to [...]

Succession planning – your stake in the ground

Posted: March 31, 2022

Looking to your future: Business succession   Whether you want to safeguard the future of your business with a smooth transition to family, are planning for retirement or updating your will, it makes sense to understand your worth. Land and property values have increased significantly, so your assets are likely to be worth more too. Succession [...]

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Land diversification and development

Posted: March 31, 2022

The changing landscape for agriculture has led to an increasing demand for clients looking for diversification and development opportunities. As a result, D&R has seen growth of land coming to market with development potential and an increasing number of clients looking for guidance on diversification and grant led projects for the future. We are currently [...]

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Planning not knee jerk reactions

Posted: March 31, 2022

Be prepared to plan properly for the future and be wary of knee jerk reactions It has never more been essential to have a holistic view of your business, to plan properly for the future – be that to make your farmland more profitable, making your diversifications and environmental best practices work harder for you, [...]

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Solar parks are hot property

Posted: March 31, 2022

Solar Parks are Hot Property – and the wind is blowing SOLAR PARKS: We are seeing significant demand from Renewable Energy developers for land to develop solar parks.  If you have approximately 100ac of land (or more) with a southerly aspect, good irradiance* (usually close to the coast) and is close to an electricity grid [...]

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Chris Edmunds becomes Chair of CAAV in Cumbria & Northumberland

Posted: March 15, 2022

New Chair for CAAV in Northumbria and Cumbria Chris Edmunds, Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of CAAV, became the new Chair of the Northumbria and Cumbria branch of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) at their 104th AGM. Founded in 1910, CAAV is the UK’s specialist professional body representing, briefing, and qualifying those who advise [...]

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Development potential

Posted: March 1, 2022

The changing landscape for agriculture has led to an increasing demand for clients looking for diversification and development opportunities. As a result, D&R has seen the growth of land coming to market with development potential and an increasing number of clients looking for guidance on diversification and grant led projects for the future. We are [...]

Market sales update

Posted: February 28, 2022

2021 was a year where the rural market was dominated by a huge demand which outstripped a restricted supply of properties available on the market. D&R’s dedicated Rural & Agency team handled 40 transactions with a combined value of over £25m during 2021. These ranged from 1 bedroom derelict cottages to large prime arable farms [...]

Land for development – farmers look at opportunities

Posted: February 23, 2022

Growth in diversification leads to development at Davidson & Robertson. The changing landscape for agriculture has led to increasing demand for clients looking for diversification and development opportunities. As a result, rural surveyors Davidson and Robertson (D&R), has seen growth of land coming to market with development potential and an increasing number of clients looking for [...]

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Top tips for property sellers

Posted: February 18, 2022

Putting a property on the market isn’t a quick process. Sellers should prepare their property for the sale in good time to create great sales marketing material, prevent sales falling through and reducing the time to completion when a buyer is found. Joe Bell, part of D&R’s Agency Team, sets out some top tips. Preparing [...]

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Top tips for property buyers

Posted: February 18, 2022

In a competitive market where the supply of property is limited and there are high levels of demand, it is worth ensuring that you are in the best possible position to make an offer for a property. With the majority of properties in Scotland going to a Closing Date at which a number of offers [...]

Will Dalrymple

Carbon & forestry market opportunities

Posted: February 18, 2022

The last 12 months has seen the further evolution of the market for forestry land and the emergence of a new sub-sector of the land market driven by carbon and environmental factors. Head of Rural & Agency George Hipwell explains the latest market developments and outlines the opportunities for landowners. Davidson & Robertson have been involved [...]

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2021 sales statistics

Posted: February 18, 2022

2021 was a year where the rural market was dominated by a huge demand which outstripped a restricted supply of properties available on the market. Davidson & Robertson’s new dedicated Rural Agency team handled 40 transactions with a combined value of over £25,000,000 during 2021. The transactions handled ranged from 1 bedroom derelict cottages to [...]

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Equine and rural experience

Posted: February 18, 2022

Davidson & Robertson’s expertise delivered record results for clients buying and selling equine and rural property in a buoyant market in 2021, something which Lewis Anderson, Director in D&R’s sales team, is keen to expand. Strong demand is expected to continue for Equine and Rural property as enquirers reassess their wishes and priorities post COVID. [...]

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Residential opportunities: year of growth

Posted: February 18, 2022

Properties with development potential have had a record number of buyers this year which we have seen in new build housing developments and residential conversions. Greenholme Steading is a new build development in the popular village of Corby Hill in north Cumbria. The development was brought to the market by D&R summer of 2021. The [...]

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Unlocking value with sales strategy & marketing expertise

Posted: February 18, 2022

Employing a sales team with specialist skills and experience is vital for unlocking value. Joe Bell from the sales team explains how having a sales strategy and marketing expertise can maximise your properties value. D&R were instructed to sell Overgate at Mealsgate in West Cumbria –  a smallholding consisting of a listed farmhouse, traditional and [...]

Abigal Wass focuses on farm reviews

Posted: February 17, 2022

New face joins Davidson & Robertson’s team to support farming resilience The significant changes to support for farming and land management have increased the level of enquiries at Davidson & Roberson (D&R), leading to the appointment of Abigail Wass as Assistant Land Agent. Abigail is working with farmers and landowners who have a range of [...]

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New European Valuer in Scotland

Posted: January 11, 2022

Martin Hall, Senior Director of Davidson and Robertson, Scotland’s oldest firm of Valuers and Rural Consultants, has been appointed as a Recognised European Valuer (REV) by TEGOVA – the European Group of Valuers’ Association. Newest European Valuer, Martin Hall has over 30 years of experience as a Rural Surveyor and is ideally placed to provide [...]

Martin Hall - European Valuer

Martin Hall – new Trustee for Dick Harrison Trust

Posted: December 21, 2021

The Dick Harrison Trust has appointed Martin Hall as a new Trustee following the retirement of well-known farmer and long serving Trustee, David Goldie. Martin Hall is Senior Director and Land Agent with Davidson & Robertson, a firm of rural surveyors and consultants that has offices across Scotland and Northern England. He was unanimously appointed [...]

Martin Hall with Dick Harrison Trustees

Forestry Graduate Scheme now open

Posted: December 17, 2021

Would you like to become a Chartered Forester? We’ve just opened up the process – do you know anyone who may be interested? At Davidson and Robertson, we offer a tailored Forestry Graduate Scheme, providing extensive training and support to all Graduates throughout their PME journey, on their way to becoming a Chartered Forester. This [...]

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Christmas at the Cally – D&R sponsor Show & Sale

Posted: December 8, 2021

As the main sponsor of the two day Christmas shows and sales of cattle and sheep at the Caledonian Mart, Stirling, we were pleased to see so many old (and new) clients and it was great to see that trade that was up on last year for both the cattle and the sheep. George Hipwell, [...]

D&R present prize to beef champion

130 year anniversary celebrated with 130 mile walks

Posted: December 7, 2021

To mark 130 years as rural surveyors, two teams from Davidson & Robertson journeyed 130 miles across Scotland and Northern England. It was a chance to reconnect with colleagues and an opportunity for the many new faces to meet the rest of the team. The northern and southern teams each chose their own routes: Bo’ness [...]

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2021 market trends for property sales

Posted: December 6, 2021

2021 trends will still shape what happens in 2022  so here are some of the key trends we are asking buyers and sellers to consider – and we’ve also provided a summary of our sales and valuations for the year too: “Buyers should be readying their funds (either finance offer in principle, or cash) to [...]

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Voluntary Registration – is it worth it?

Posted: December 2, 2021

Registration of title in the Land Register is now compulsory for all land sold in Scotland and the Scottish Government want all Scottish land to be registered by 2024. The majority of Scotland’s land has never been registered or still remains in the Sasine Register, with rural properties representing a very high proportion of unregistered land [...]

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Forebank of Canterland – the Legacy

Posted: December 2, 2021

Over the course of 2021, the sale of Forebank of Canterland has been a hugely rewarding experience for George Hipwell, Director and Head of Rural & Agency, and fellow Director Lewis Anderson of the Aberdeen office. The farm, which centred around an imposing Grade A listed farmhouse, extensive traditional steading and 290 acres of mainly [...]

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A66 Northern Trans-Pennine improvements update

Posted: November 9, 2021

Back in 2020, it was confirmed that the A66 is to be improved between Scotch Corner and Penrith The A66 Northern Trans-Pennine project covers the length of the A66 between the M6 junction 40 at Penrith to the A1(M) junction 53 at Scotch Corner, which is approximately 50 miles long. The project involves dualling the [...]

Stuart Lobb joins Davidson & Robertson team 

Posted: November 1, 2021

Davidson & Robertson (D&R), the rural surveyors and consultants with offices across Scotland and Northern England, have strenghtened their Utilities, Energy and Infrastructure team with the appointment of Stuart Lobb as Associate Director.  Stuart joins D&R with some 19 years post qualification experience and is knowledgeable of both the English and Scottish property legal systems having worked throughout the UK. With a multi-disciplinary background in commercial and residential development, asset management and professional services, Stuart joins the [...]

Cumbria Farmer Award presentation

Posted: October 5, 2021

  D&R sponsor Cumbria Farmer Awards and see the finest of Cumbria’s farming community gather in celebration Around 220 farmers, industry professionals and local dignitaries, celebrated the winners of the inaugural Cumbria Farmer Awards 2021 at a farming focused celebration held at The Greenhill Hotel, near Wigton on Friday night (1st October). The ceremony, which [...]

Martin Hall presents Farmer Award

Cumbria Farmer Awards

Posted: September 29, 2021

D&R are very proud to be sponsoring the ‘Supplier of the Year’ category at the inaugural Cumbria Farmer Awards which are taking place on Friday 1st October at the Greenhill Hotel, Wigton.   Congratulations in particular to the 3 finalists of this category: Aspatria Farmers Lely Center Longtown Carrs Billington Best of luck to all [...]

Farm Resilience Scheme – open now

Posted: September 29, 2021

FARM RESILIENCE SCHEME  |  FARM BUSINESS REVIEW As you will no doubt be aware there are significant changes on the horizon for farm support in England over the next few years (7 years +). The Farm Resilience Scheme is a DEFRA funded project to allow farmers the chance to review the impacts the changes to [...]

John Neil

Posted: September 27, 2021

It is with a great deal of sadness we report of the passing of our friend and colleague John Neil. John has been an important part of the firm since the two businesses joined up in 2010. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Applications open for 2022 Graduate Scheme

Posted: September 15, 2021

Welcome to the team! D&R have welcomed four new, fresh-faced Graduate Surveyors to the business who will now spend the next two years working towards their APC. Their induction took place over two days in our Edinburgh office where they also got the chance to meet some of our existing staff at a BBQ on [...]

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Davidson & Robertson appoint new Director, strengthening presence in the North East 

Posted: September 14, 2021

New Director appointed in Aberdeen office Davidson & Robertson, the firm of Rural Surveyors and Consultants, has strengthened their Board of Directors with the appointment of Lewis Anderson, a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) and member of the Institute of Agricultural Management (MIAgrM) with over twenty years’ experience. He is based at their Aberdeen office in Westhill. Lewis [...]

Significant expansion for D&R in D&G 

Posted: September 7, 2021

Davidson & Robertson (D&R) add to their team with a focus on the Castle Douglas office  D&R, Scotland’s longest standing firm of Rural Surveyors and Consultants who have offices across Scotland and Northern England, are set to significantly expand the team and service offering in their office in Castle Douglas in the Southwest of Scotland. D&R Director Ian Austin, who grew up on the family beef and [...]

Martin Hall elected to CAAV Executive Commitee

Posted: August 31, 2021

Members of The Central Association for Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) Council elect Martin Hall to Executive Committee. The CAAV is the national specialist professional body representing, briefing and qualifying those acting and advising on agricultural and rural property and business matters across the United Kingdom. The CAAV is governed by its Council, supported by committees which [...]

Davidson and Robertson – Growing in Cumbria

Posted: August 25, 2021

An update from our Cockermouth office – recruiting now Davidson and Robertson have been adding value to land based businesses for 130 years by providing high quality independent advice and best service. Since opening in 2015, our Cockermouth office has seen and continues to experience considerable growth. Due to this growth, we are currently looking [...]

New Associate Director joins Davidson & Robertson

Posted: August 11, 2021

Davidson & Robertson (D&R) have strenghtened our senior team with the appointment of Alison Forrester Smith as Associate Director.  A qualified Chartered Surveyor with nearly 25 years experience, Alison has a wealth of knowledge managing property in the public and private sectors. Joining the D&R Property Management team, Alison will be focusing on commercial and residential portfolios for D&R clients based in Scotland.  Director and Head of Property and Forestry, Niall Milner, [...]

D&R to sell diverse rural business

Posted: August 4, 2021

Discreet off market opportunity – diverse rural business in the Lakes Davidson & Robertson have been instructed to dispose of a diverse rural business within the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in a discreet, off-market sale. The property extends to approximately 147 acres (59.49 ha) or thereby and comprises of a livestock farm with modern [...]

Development success for D&R

Posted: June 7, 2021

Another great result for a longstanding D&R client! We have successfully identified and managed an opportunity to create 81 new homes on 12 acres of land at Stainburn, Workington. Through our knowledge of the local development market, D&R identified the opportunity, promoted it through the local plan, tendered the site and worked on behalf of [...]

Expansive livestock and arable farm on the market in Dalrymple, Ayrshire

Posted: June 3, 2021

For sale: Netherton Farm, South Ayrshire Offers over £1,650,000 An expansive, ring fenced livestock and arable farm with well-maintained steading and attractive 4-bedroom farmhouse has just come to market near Dalrymple in South Ayrshire.    New to market, Netherton Farm is already attracting interest from potential buyers registered with Davidson & Robertson (D&R). Will Dalrymple, [...]

Telecoms Turbulence Continues

Posted: June 3, 2021

Telecoms Turbulence   The Telecoms sector remains fraught. Site operators and infrastructure providers continue to take aggressive stances in their quest for new leases for existing masts at vastly reduced rents, through serving legal notices and threatening court action on landowners. The Court of Session (CoS) has now published its ruling on the appeal against the decision of the Lands [...]

Productive arable farm in Marykirk for sale

Posted: June 3, 2021

Forebank of Canterland Farm, Marykirk, Aberdeenshire Offers over £2.7m An impressive 290 acre arable farm in Aberdeenshire with commanding Grade A listed farmhouse overlooking River North Esk Newly launched to the open market by Davidson & Robertson is the impressive Forebank of Canterland farm at Marykirk. An arable farm extending to approximately 290 acres with [...]

COVID and responsible access. An update from D&R

Posted: April 27, 2021

D&R Land Agent Will Frazer gives an update on how the pandemic is affecting access to the countryside. The Corona Virus pandemic has had many unanticipated side effects. One of them is that the countryside has seen unprecedented pressure from increased access. A cocktail of lockdowns, the furlough scheme and the free time this affords [...]

D&R Celebrates 130 years service

Posted: April 15, 2021

Davidson & Robertson celebrate 130 years serving rural businesses … and Martin Hall celebrates 30 years at D&R too. Martin Hall grew up on a farm near Cockermouth, Cumbria and joined Davidson & Robertson in 1991 as an Assistant Surveyor. Progressing through the ranks, he became a Partner in 2000 and is now our Senior [...]

New legislation – Tenanted farms

Posted: April 13, 2021

Relinquishment & Assignation of 1991 Act Tenancies New legislation set out under The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force on 28 February 2021 and has sparked conversations amongst the tenanted sector. The legislation enables most tenants with a secure 91 Act tenancy to offer to relinquish their tenancy to their landlord. If the [...]

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Forestry & Woodland – Spring update

Posted: April 12, 2021

Despite the difficulties brought about by COVID-19 and the uncertainty over Brexit, forestry has remained strong, meaning it’s been a busy winter for the D&R forestry team; felling licences, harvesting, woodland creation applications, restocking, new tree planting and registering carbon projects. This winter we’ve harvested sites up to 20 hectares and planted sites up to [...]

Telecoms Turbulance

Posted: April 10, 2021

The Telecoms sector remains fraught. Site operators and infrastructure providers continue to take aggressive stances in their quest for new leases for existing masts at vastly reduced rents, through serving legal notices and threatening court action on landowners. The recent DUNCAN case ruling has gone in favour of Scottish landowners but EE & H3G are [...]

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Energy Development Surge  

Posted: April 10, 2021

The Energy sector is buoyant.  Developers are hungry to acquire land rights to enable energy projects of various types across Scotland and Northern England. Wind and solar farms, energy storage and grid balancing sites are the headline developments on the menu and there is a plethora of development companies seeking to invest in this growth [...]

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D&R links with NFU Cumbria

Posted: April 7, 2021

As a firm of rural surveyors and consultants with a Cumbrian base, Davidson & Robertson has been accepted onto the NFU support panel which offers assistance to its members. We will provide rural surveying advice to NFU ‘Farmer & Grower’ members in Cumbria from our Cockermouth office. The NFU CallFirst service enables members to access [...]

Chris Edmunds with Cumbria NFU Chair

Steph Adams tops Scottish scores in CAAV exams

Posted: March 10, 2021

Congratulations to D&R’s Steph Adams It was announced at SAAVA’s AGM, Scotland’s valuation association, that Steph Adams, a Chartered Surveyor at Davidson & Robertson and farmer’s daughter from the Scottish Borders, has topped the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ (CAAV) exams in Scotland. Steph gained an honours degree in Rural Business Management from SRUC Edinburgh [...]

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New sales team focus and new appointment

Posted: March 9, 2021

Meeting demand for sales. At Davidson & Robertson, we have restructured our way of working to meet the demands of growing sales instructions. D&R has created a dedicated sales team that also welcomes a new sales specialist. George Hipwell D&R Director and Head of Rural & Agency said “We’ve seen a real increase in the [...]

Davidson & Robertson Sales Team

Dalchully land has wide ranging potential

Posted: March 2, 2021

New to market is a 260-acre plot of land at Dalchully that demonstrates the flexibility of marginal land with a variety of options, and broad appeal to various sectors. Just under 3 hours from Edinburgh and 50 miles from Inverness, this diverse block of land at Dalchully, Laggan, sits on the edge of the Cairngorms [...]

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2021 rural market trends – early interest as buyers search rural idyl & natural capital

Posted: February 26, 2021

2020 rural market trends are significantly shaping the way for 2021 says George Hipwell, Director at Davidson. He predicts very competitive markets for rural sales right across the board – from rural estates and lifestyle homes, to forestry, farms and land once considered less profitable. The Covid-19 pandemic created a move to long-term working from [...]

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Carbon units for sale – cash in on tree planting

Posted: November 22, 2020

Carbon trading is still new, but already we are seeing interest from landowners looking to plant new woodland and organisations keen to buy the carbon units to offset their environmental losses. As the trading of carbon credits is still a relatively new concept, it is important to seek professional guidance from the outset, both from [...]

Carbon units for sale by Davidson & Robertson

Business update – restructuring and redefining our services

Posted: November 20, 2020

Like many of your businesses, we at D&R have taken to the challenge of Covid-19 and restructured our own business. Firstly, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Finlayson as CEO in October. Linda was previously our Chief Operating Officer. As part of this restructure, I become Senior Director and Robert Shearlaw will [...]

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Selling in 2021? Know your worth

Posted: November 20, 2020

As timing and strategy for selling in 2021 are more important than ever, D&R is offering no-obligation, free appraisals to help clients assess their sale prospects. D&R Sales Director George Hipwell says demand for appraisals is on the rise because property and landowners have a growing number of options to consider. Land and property in [...]

Telecom masts – challenge the case for a new lease

Posted: November 18, 2020

For clients who have existing leases for telecoms masts on their land, a recent court ruling has big implications – especially if your tenant mast operator(s) is demanding a completely new lease, for far less rent. The Lands Tribunal for Scotland (LTS) ruled recently on the EE Ltd/Hutchison 3G Ltd v Duncan & Others case. [...]

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Don’t get caught out with new fire detection regulations in Scotland!

Posted: October 23, 2020

Everyone has been talking this week about the new laws which will require all homes in Scotland to have interconnected ceiling mounted smoke and heat detectors and, where applicable, Co2 detectors with a 10-year age limit. Initially, a deadline was set by the Scottish Government to have all in place by Spring 2021 and many [...]

An early Autumn update on the market

Posted: September 17, 2020

The Farmers Weekly asked us questions about how we saw the property market, so we thought we’d share our responses here too: What is the market like generally? It is doing well, with much the same market factors being material; land quality, acreage, quality of fixed equipment, land values in Scotland compared to the rest [...]

Room to grow in rural rental market

Posted: August 19, 2020

While there is currently reduced activity on the open market in Scotland, all the signs indicate a speedy bounce back now current restrictions are easing. Davidson & Robertson is progressing several new instructions, bringing to market a range of residential properties to let across Scotland, adopting new practices such as video tours and virtual viewings [...]

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July property update – increasing activity

Posted: July 16, 2020

Reshaping lifestyle property market showing positive signs As lockdown eases, Rural Surveyors Davidson & Robertson has already seen increased activity in the property market – both for sales and lettings. It’s still early days to prove the theory that lifestyle property will be in greater demand, but current signs are promising. Life during lockdown: coping [...]

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Lockdown house hunting reveals top ten lifestyle locations

Posted: June 14, 2020

Life in lockdown reveals almost 25% are thinking of moving in the next couple of years Working from home without the stress of a commute and time to surf the internet has revealed that almost 25% of people are thinking of moving in the next two years – with a top ten wish list that [...]

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Lifestyles property demand in top locations

Posted: June 10, 2020

Lifestyle properties in the Lakes and Northern England in demand after lockdown According to a recent survey from online mortgage broker Trussle, nearly a quarter of UK adults are considering relocating in the next couple of years.  As house hunting became a top lockdown pastime, the Lake District has been named as one of top [...]

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A66 road improvements get green light – how will it affect property?

Posted: June 4, 2020

A66 road improvements get the green light but how will it affect my land? Engage & act early. Mitigate impacts. Be prepared. The recent confirmation that the A66 is to be improved in places between Scotch Corner and Penrith comes after many years looking at this scheme. The proposed improvements are set to transform the [...]

Chris Edmunds Rural Surveyor A66 Road improvement

Rural property trends & forecasts

Posted: May 28, 2020

Lockdown changes to work/life balance help reshape lifestyle property market The lifestyle property market could be set for change as more people realise they can work from home. The lockdown, aided by the digital age and ‘time on your hands’ has led some to reconsider their lifestyle and future property ambitions, cutting out the commute [...]

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Tenants urged to act as Amnesty deadline extended

Posted: May 14, 2020

Tenant Amnesty: Updated headlines 14-5-20: Scottish Government confirmed a six-month extension to the Tenants Amnesty. Don’t let the grass grow – it’s time to act quickly Tenant farmers who have yet to notify their landlords of any improvements on their farms were set to lose out on compensation claims when their tenancy comes to an [...]

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Utilities – working to protect your interests

Posted: April 17, 2020

Utilities – working to protect your interests    When faced with utility companies needing to work on your land –  your agent’s costs are usually covered by the utility company. This means you have access to professional advice at an early stage, which can help reduce the hassle and stress when works are needed and [...]

Where will new homes come from?

Posted: March 31, 2020

Planning & Development – where will new homes come from? The need for housing – urban or rural – continues apace. A recent study identifying the need for 1 million homes in the UK confirms this. The last few years have seen housebuilding blossom again, although mostly by large scale plc housebuilders. So where will [...]

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Cash for carbon: new woodlands unlock carbon units

Posted: March 25, 2020

Cash in on climate change mitigation – new woodland unlocks cash for carbon Did you know that if you plant woodland now, or have done so recently, you can trade the carbon sequestration?  Registering your carbon units allows your new ecosystem service to become a financially viable environmental asset. So, as well as receiving grants [...]

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D&R’ COVID-19 Statement

Posted: March 16, 2020

  COVID -19 Statement In light of the extraordinary and ever-evolving global impact of Covid-19, I would like to share with you the measures we are taking to ensure we continue to operate effectively in the challenging weeks ahead. We understand the importance of minimising disruption to a business in the event of challenging times. [...]

Land registry – the race is on

Posted: March 15, 2020

Land registry. Have you considered a voluntary registration of your land in the Land Register? There are real benefits to be considered ahead of the 2024 deadline. The Scottish Government set an ambitious target of having 100% of Scotland’s land mass on its Land Register by 2024. Following the introduction of the Land Registration (Scotland) [...]

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Maintaining realistic mobile mast rental income – 5G & beyond

Posted: February 21, 2020

MOBILE MAST RENTAL INCOME. Demand for better mobile connectivity is nothing new, but with the rollout of 5G on the horizon, it’s more important than ever for landowners to know where they stand. There are likely to be rent reductions ahead – so landlords will need to negotiate. The Digital Economy Act 2017 became law [...]

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2019 Sales Market Review

Posted: February 11, 2020

D&R saw properties secure good interest in 2019 with strong offers received, averaging 28% over asking price for all properties sold. Last year the market saw the level of interest and speed of sale being determined by the quality of the property and its location with lifestyle properties being dominated by buyers seeking properties within [...]

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New face takes the helm at D&R Castle Douglas

Posted: January 7, 2020

Davidson & Robertson the firm of Rural Surveyors & Consultants with offices across Scotland and Northern England, has appointed a new Branch Manager in Castle Douglas. Colin Beattie joined the D&R team as Branch Manager in Castle Douglas, releasing D&R Director Derek Bathgate to focus on developing the D&R Ayr office. Brought up on a [...]

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Walking the Wall to raise money for mental health

Posted: December 3, 2019

Davidson & Robertson walk the wall to raise funds for mental health campaign  Davidson & Robertson, Rural Surveyors across Scotland and Northern England have donated over £1,500 to their 2019 charity – the Mind Your Head campaign run by the Farm Safety Foundation. In 2018 The Farm Safety Foundation launched its inaugural #mindyourhead campaign, which [...]

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APC Success

Posted: November 22, 2019

Davidson & Robertson would like to congratulate Gillian Ferguson, George Forrest, Emma Kerr, Hannah Melville and Helena White who have all become qualified Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) this year. We are very proud of the hard work that our Graduates put in and we look forward to future success through our Graduate Training Programme.

Survey results – your input

Posted: November 14, 2019

We’d like to say thank you to everyone who took part in our survey this year, the response rate was very good, and your feedback has been invaluable. How do you see us? You said you feel we are approachable, professional, friendly, efficient and good at what we do. Thank you – that’s what we [...]

Unlocking development potential – be proactive

Posted: November 14, 2019

It’s fair to say there has never been a better time to review your assets – that includes looking at development opportunities to unlock your land value. Proactivity is the key to make things happen and getting involved in anything at an early stage gives you a better chance to look at wider issues and [...]

D&R Forestry and timber update

Posted: November 14, 2019

Forestry and timber update – November 2019 Timber Market Report Following an extended period of price rises and increased activity, both UK and foreign timber markets appear to be seeing a slight price reduction of between 10 – 20% on the headline figures reported in 2017/2018. This global slowdown has predominantly been caused by a [...]

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D&R Autumn sales update

Posted: November 14, 2019

D & R sales update: good interest and strong offers Director of D&R George Hipwell heads sales and valuations and has given an autumn update on sales. Overall and year to date, D&R has seen properties secure good interest with strong offers received, with offers averaging 28% over asking price. In the current market, the [...]

George Hipwell

The rise of the rural entrepreneur

Posted: November 6, 2019

Necessity is the mother of invention. In recent years there has been a big drive to encourage businesses to diversify, consequently, there’s more business variety in our countryside than ever before. This is driven by numerous factors, but primarily the need to generate more income from farm assets. There is also the succession argument for [...]

Martin Hall - MD

Solar power is back on the horizon

Posted: November 5, 2019

We have renewable developers once again looking for viable sites to create solar farms in Scotland and Northern England. Developers are looking for sites of 200 acres plus, which are (ideally) flat, not at risk of flooding and clear of any cultural heritage constraints. Principle areas of interest lie along the following coastal areas: Newcastle [...]

New staff and homegrown surveyors

Posted: October 14, 2019

New staff and commitment to homegrown surveyors During 2019, fourteen new people have joined our team across all disciplines and various branches. At our Staff Training Day this autumn, we visited Westfield Farm Park. It gave everyone a chance to meet up and see an excellent example of farm diversification, which included equestrian activities, fishing, [...]

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D&R step into the ring at Cally Mart

Posted: August 2, 2019

D & R step into the ring at Cally Mart There was a positive buzz at Caledonian Marts on 1st August, when, rural surveyors and consultants – Davidson & Robertson (D&R), stepped into the ring for the first time. Officially launching our new partnership, the two businesses invited farmers and professionals along to their launch [...]

Davisdson & Robertson team up with Cally Mart

Forestry Minister visit to Iain Kyle’s farm

Posted: July 31, 2019

Forestry Minister has his feet on the ground in Northumberland to explore tree planting opportunities Forestry Minister, David Rutley MP, visited Northumberland on Friday 19th July, to meet Confor (Confederation of Forestry Industries), stakeholders aiming to improve low tree planting rates across England. The Minister heard first-hand about the barriers and frustrations faced by landowners [...]

Minister with D&R Iain Kyle

Davidson & Robertson forms new strategic link with the Cally Mart

Posted: July 1, 2019

On 1st July, Caledonian Marts established a new strategic link with Davidson & Robertson – Rural Surveyors and Consultants. D&R are providing a comprehensive range of property services for ‘Cally’ clients and will have a weekly presence at the auction. In the last 3 years Davidson & Robertson (D&R) has seen 60% growth in the [...]

Young Farmers show passion, style and strength in epic Tug of War Finals

Posted: June 25, 2019

The grand final of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers (SAYFC) Tug of War competition held on Saturday at the Royal Highland Show, was another epic battle of passion, power and skill. Sponsored by Davidson & Robertson, the men’s event was won by Carluke YFC and the ladies competition was won by Ayr YFC. There [...]

Workshop: Do you know how to make the most of the ‘Waygo’ Amnesty?

Posted: June 24, 2019

Davidson & Robertson (D&R) is working in partnership with NFU Scotland to run a FREE workshop to help their tenant farmers and landlords capitalise on the ‘Waygo’ Tenant Amnesty. The Tenant Amnesty started in June 2017, but the clock is ticking with less than 12 months to run. Many landlords and tenants have not taken [...]

Davidson & Robertson join forces with NFU Scotland announcing new waygo helpline

Posted: June 20, 2019

For landlords and tenant farmers, NFU Scotland has issued an urgent reminder that the window of opportunity to make use of the ‘waygo’ amnesty is closing. The amnesty, which started in June 2017, allows landlords and tenants to rectify any outstanding issues around notification of tenants’ improvements which should qualify for compensation when the tenancy [...]

Davidson & Robertson are pulling for the teams at SAYFC Tug of War final

Posted: May 23, 2019

Vying for a place in the SAYFC Tug of War national finals, competitors will be #pullingfortheteam on 1st June when the regional heats take place across Scotland. The top teams go forward to the spectacular finals at the Royal Highland Show. Last year the grand finale was a very colourful event, with vibrant new tops introduced [...]

Protected Status for Beaver in Scotland Becomes Law

Posted: May 2, 2019

Big changes to how we can manage beaver in Scotland took place on the 1st May, this is a short summary on beaver and what measures are now in place. After a reintroduction trial in Knapdale and an unplanned influx in Angus, beaver are now prevalent throughout some areas of Scotland. We’ve had little reason to [...]

Cockermouth’s New Surveyor, Joe Bell

Posted: April 10, 2019

Joe Bell joins the Cockermouth office as a Graduate Surveyor. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Estate Management from Northumbria University and a decade of experience as an Estate Agent, Valuer and Lettings Manager. Joe is currently involved in Forestry, Agency work and Utilities. Outside of work he helps on the family farm where [...]

Realise your asset potential

Posted: April 8, 2019

Transformation is on the horizon for Scottish agriculture. Changes to trade and agricultural support will happen – regardless of the Brexit outcome.  It has never been more critical to review your business and assets to secure extra value income. We’re talking to several landowners who are looking to unlock land for potential development. Development goes [...]

NFU – the Next Generation

Posted: April 8, 2019

Jenny Baillie, our Graduate Surveyor based at Linlithgow, is a member of the NFU Scotland Next Generation Committee and is also very involved with the SAYFC. “I’ve always been encouraged to think of the bigger picture – improving my business thinking from gaining guidance from peers, listening to industry leaders and those lobbying on our [...]

Property Management – size doesn’t matter

Posted: April 8, 2019

As successive governments continue to implement more rules around private residential lettings, land occupation and subsidy eligibility, the need to be properly advised has never been greater. D&R has seen increasing demand for Property Management services, winning several significant Property Management contracts for private and corporate estates in Scotland and Northern England. But it’s not all about size. [...]

Unlocking the value of your tenanted farm

Posted: April 8, 2019

In recent years there has been an increase in deals where landlords have bought out their tenants, or tenants have acquired the farm they tenanted. The registered pre-emptive right to buy now avoids a farm being sold from underneath a tenant. It has also become less politically acceptable in Scotland to be a large landowner. Views differ south [...]

Spring Seminars – professionals update

Posted: April 8, 2019

We’re just completing a series of Spring seminars that created much discussion amongst our professional peers. With BREXIT uncertainty and changing farming times, making the most of your assets and succession planning are even more important. These were just two of the issues discussed in nine seminars held across Scotland and Northern England – but [...]

Up and coming – promotions and qualifications

Posted: April 8, 2019

New Associate Director: Fergus Thomson, MRICS FAAV, Berwick Branch Manager has been promoted to Associate Director. Fergus joined us in 2013 and followed our structured graduate training programme. He became Branch Manager when we launched our Berwick office 2 years ago. Congratulations to Kirsten Tait – Edinburgh Kirsten Tait passed her Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Exams, [...]

Royal Highland Show Tug of War Sponsorship – #pullingfortheteam

Posted: April 8, 2019

The Scottish Young Farmers’ Tug Of War Competition, held annually at the Royal Highland Show, is a fantastic showcase that demonstrates the power of pulling together as a team. Last year we were delighted to sponsor the event for the first time. It was a very impressive and powerful event. All the teams displayed real [...]

Demand for On-shore Wind Farm Sites is back

Posted: February 7, 2019

News feature – Scottish Farmer Date: 7th March 2019         Demand for On-shore Wind Farm Sites is back The political appetite for renewable energy and on-shore wind farms is strong in Scotland and renewable energy developers have on-shore wind farm acquisition back in their sights. In Scotland, over 70% of electricity generated, comes from [...]

Training and Development Reap Double Dividends for D&R Staff

Posted: January 9, 2019

Training and development reap double dividends for D&R staff A duo of Chartered Surveyors at Davidson & Robertson (D&R) are celebrating qualifications as Fellows of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers – they are two of only seven in Scotland to qualify this year. The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) is a specialist professional [...]

A place with prospects – double celebration at Davidson & Robertson

Posted: December 20, 2018

Following in the footsteps of generations at Davidson & Robertson (D&R), Orkney born Kirsten Tait has become the latest member of the team to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor. It comes in a year where D&R helps celebrate the 150th anniversary of the RICS (the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Davidson & Robertson’s strong links with [...]

2018 – A Rural Surveyor’s Review of the Year

Posted: December 20, 2018

2018 will be best remembered as the summer when the sun kept shining!  Whilst it brought challenges around watering livestock and irrigating crops, it brought an ease of working and good fettle.  Despite the huge uncertainties around Brexit – which develops as I write, the farming community has carried on in their Business-as-Usual style. Farmers [...]

Davidson & Robertson see 60% growth in property sales

Posted: November 15, 2018

In the last three years, Davidson & Robertson (D&R), Rural Surveyors and Consultants, has seen a 60% increase in the volume of sales. For 2018, D&R has seen a 31.5% growth in property sales year to date, compared to the whole of 2017. This includes whole farm units, forestry, lifestyle and equestrian properties. D&R Director [...]

We are recruiting!

Posted: November 5, 2018

Davidson & Robertson’s Linlithgow office is looking to recruit a qualified surveyor due to continued growth of the branch. The team is already 6 strong and is involved in a wide variety of rural professional work, including sales and agency, planning and development work, utility projects, landlord and tenant matters and estate management and consultancy [...]

Women in Agriculture

Posted: November 5, 2018

Women in Agriculture – around 50% of our staff are women, it’s common sense and our ‘normal’ At D&R, we’ve always had a large proportion of women in professional roles, but that’s not the case across the agricultural sector. Several of our staff attended the Royal Highland Show “Women in Agriculture” breakfast seminar – the [...]

Tenants Amnesty – Don’t leave it too late to claim

Posted: November 5, 2018

The Scottish Government has been highlighting the Tenant’s Amnesty – something we mentioned in a previous newsletter so we wanted to give you an update. D&R Director Ian Austin is the President of SAAVA (The Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association) this year and has proactively created a template to help tenants fill-in the important [...]

New EPC Regulations Impact Lettings

Posted: November 5, 2018

Much accommodation built in the late 20th Century for farm labourers is redundant for that purpose and is now let out. Whilst it can produce a good income stream,  there have been many changes to the residential let sector law and regulations in recent years. Of particular note is the introduction of the Private Residential Tenancy [...]

Growth in our Property Sales

Posted: November 5, 2018

The general marketplace has been quieter in 2018, but D&R has seen 31.5% growth in property sales year to date, compared to the whole of 2017. This includes whole farm units, forestry, lifestyle and equestrian. There’s still a very buoyant market price performance, with most sales going to closing to a closing date and achieving offers [...]

NVZ’s – Make the most of your muck

Posted: November 5, 2018

Farmers outwith Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) are unlikely to appreciate the regulatory burden that these areas bring. For those affected the rules and regulations can create a headache unless you plan ahead There are rigidly enforced BPS deductions applied as penalties for non-compliance and potential problems with SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency). Taking professional advice [...]

New Branch Manager in Lanark

Posted: November 5, 2018

Alison Aitken has taken over the role of Branch Manager from Niall Milner who is concentrating on client work and his new role as Finance Director.  Alison joined D&R in August 2015 and gained Fellowship of the CAAV last November where she was runner-up for the Talbot Posonby Prize for highest points in the UK [...]

3 D&R Great Graduations

Posted: November 5, 2018

Three of our D&R team graduated from Harper Adams University last month.  Iain Kyle, the firm’s Forestry Manager, graduated with an MSc in Forestry Management following 2 years of part time study.  He was the only Harper student to graduate from the course this year. Emma Homer, a Graduate Surveyor and also based at the [...]

New Surveyor in Edinburgh

Posted: November 5, 2018

Lorna Stewart BA (Hons) MSc MRICS FAAV, joins the team in Edinburgh. Lorna was bought up in the Highlands before moving to Aberdeen in 2010 to undertake an Honours Degree in Law and Business Management. Since then Lorna has gone on to complete a Master’s degree by Correspondence in Real Estate through the University College of [...]

Assistant Forester – Lanark/ Edinburgh/ Linlithgow

Posted: September 26, 2018

Established in 1891, Davidson & Robertson (D&R) is Scotland’s oldest firm of Land Agents.  We are an innovative, energetic, friendly and expanding firm, with the highest professional reputation and a strong team culture.  We actively invest in our people and are committed to providing training and support to enable our staff to achieve their full [...]

New Directors – bigger D&R Board is formidable platform for growth

Posted: August 23, 2018

Davidson & Robertson (D&R) have appointed three new Directors, expanding the breadth of skills across their Board and creating a stronger platform for developing staff and growing the business. The new Board Directors – Derek Bathgate, George Hipwell and Ian Austin are all internal promotions, recognised for their achievements, dynamism and expertise. Martin Hall, Managing [...]

When a shelter belt becomes a money belt

Posted: August 17, 2018

When a shelter belt becomes a money belt Shelterbelts: A good market – where once, there was no market Timber prices are performing well, which is good news for those who have forestry investments – it’s also opened up a market for farmers to cash in on timber, farming their assets as well as their [...]

It’s all in the pipeline – Looking after farmers best interests on Utilities pipeline

Posted: August 14, 2018

One of England’s largest water pipeline schemes is carving its way across the Cumbrian landscape, to enable a new water supply to feed the West Coast of Cumbria.  The project is understood to be affecting approximately 375 farmers/landowners with work in progress easy to spot from main roads in the area and from the top [...]

Energy Storage – diversified income

Posted: August 9, 2018

Opportunities for diversified income for landowners from energy storage are out there with improvements in battery and gas turbine technology, providing short term operating reserve (STOR) at times of peak demand from the grid. Battery storage sites consist of custom-built shipping containers. So long as they are located adjacent to, or near, 11kv or 33kv [...]