News Archive

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]