Profiles/ Francis Ogilvy, Winton Estate, East Lothian
Francis Ogilvy, Winton Estate, East Lothian
Winton Estate is a family estate with a fascinating past; what we do now we do with an eye to the future (obviously!). In size – we’re akin to a good Borders farm; in diversity – a traditional mix of huge house, several cottages, five farms and one third planted as woodland.
Being bold – humbly!Activities of growing crops and timber, sustaining communities and offering hospitality are centuries old; no revolution here – just a modern interpretation to them.
Winton Estate is not static. We may sometimes appear slow and with a long way to go but we offer the best we can do rather than necessarily best practice, copying what we like from elsewhere. Like others, we have through diversity, opportunities to integrate resources whilst operating with common constraints.
Our values promote these agendas:
Standing out and upThrow all this into a pot and we have a good blend. We recognise the privilege and responsibility linked with estates. We try to leave behind beauty, sometimes extravagantly, hopefully practically and necessarily within budget. We brand elements as unique to stand out and be found for good business.
Membership of Scottish Land & Estates is considered necessary because the organisation stands up and exerts a positive influence on many aspects of land management. In recent years this has included both legislative matters and more practical workshops and seminars which addressed themes common to many across Scotland.
Scottish Land & Estates
Francis Ogilvy is a trustee and managing agent for Winton Estate through Chalmers & Co. More information is available from Winton Estate’s website www.wintonhouse.co.uk and Chalmers & Co’s website www.chalmers-surveyors.com.