Agriculture and Forestry

Sustainability

Sustainability at Glamis is about the conservation and development of the natural environment, enhancing the natural beauty and richness of the countryside and harnessing the elements to support the provision of energy.  All of this is done in a way that contributes to the economic growth of the Estate.  Farming and forestry are the core traditional enterprises on the Estate and they are central to business at Glamis. Together with the team of gamekeepers, the Estate adopts a holistic approach to management of the countryside – managing the deer population, enhancing the habitat for diverse and often rare species such as Black Grouse and monitoring all forms of wildlife.

Agriculture

The in-hand farm provides a significant amount of the agricultural business on the Estate but there are also a number of tenanted farms that have been at the heart of the Estate for many years. The tenant farms run a wide range of agricultural businesses from a pedigree Charolais herd at Newhouse of Glamis to Organic Aberdeen Angus at Easter Denoon to vodka made from potatoes at Hatton of Ogilvy Farm and Market Garden at Plans of Thornton. This diversity of exciting business ventures combined with traditional Angus farming practices makes the Glamis community one of the most dynamic and vibrant in Scotland. For more information have a look at the following websites:

http://www.adamnewhouse.com/index.html

http://ogilvyspirits.com/

The in hand farming operation prides itself on a diverse approach to modern agriculture across 4,270 acres of the estate. Crops of wheat, barley, oats and oil seed rape are harvested each year and there is a herd of commercial cattle including traditional Scottish Highland Cows and Luing cattle. As part of the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) the Estate follows all of the greening guidelines and more, with Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) providing wildlife corridors around the estate.

The Woodland

The Estate has approximately 1780 acres of woodlands under management which is used for both commercial and amenity purposes. Hunters Hill has been in continuous forestry for at least four centuries and many of the large Douglas Fir and European Larch planted in the 1890s are retained purely for their majestic size and amenity value. The commercial timber is predominantly good quality larch which was planted in the 1950s.

The Estate has had a long term commitment to produce income from timber sales whilst continuing to improve the landscape and conservation value from the woodlands. Parts of the woodlands were included in the ‘Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland (1987)’, in which they obtained an outstanding rating in five of the six assessed categories.

The Estate woodland was one of the first to enter the Forestry Commission approved 10 year Forest Plan in 2001. This Plan was reviewed in 2011 and updated for a further 10 year period. The plan places great emphasis on continuous cover forestry and all felled areas are re-stocked with a variety of hardwoods and commercial conifers to promote biodiversity and income for the Estate.

 

The Sawmill

Conifer timber produced from the woodlands is primarily converted in the sawmill for fencing and joinery products or sold to Angus Biofuels for chipping to supply woodfuel boilers in local schools.

The timber is available untreated or can be pressure treated at the nearby timber yard James Jones & Sons. Special orders can be cut to the customer’s specification but some of the more popular products are listed below;

Type

Size

Strainer

8’ – 10’6’’

Turner

8'

Stakes / Posts

5’6’’ x 3’’ x 3’’ / 5’ x 2’’ x 2’’ / 8’ x 3’’ x 3’’

Rails

12’ x 3.5’’ x 1.25’’

Boards

12’ x 6’’ x 0.75’’

Pickets

3’6’’ x 3’’ x 0.75’’

Tree Stakes

5’ x 1.5’’ x 1.5’’

Building Timber

8’’ x 2’’ / 6’’ x 2’’ / 4’’ x 2’’ / 8’ x 4’’ x 4’’

 

Round posts are also available in various sizes

Domestic firewood can be purchased from the sawmill.

To place orders please contact the Estate Office. Price on application.