Profiles/ Andrew Bradford, Kincardine Estate, Aberdeenshire
Andrew Bradford, Kincardine Estate, Aberdeenshire
Andrew Bradford, who has chaired Scottish Land & Estates (formerly the SRPBA) housing groups since the 1980s, concludes: “I’m a member of Scottish Land & Estates because by working together, land and rural businesses like ours can achieve recognition for the good they bring to rural Scotland, and be represented by them on a wide range of important issues. We can't hope to do that alone.”
Managing a range of local, rural enterprises
Kincardine Estate is probably a typical example of a mixed estate with a wide variety of enterprises including farming, forestry, fishing, shooting and stalking.
- Rents out most of its large housing stock at affordable and mid-market rents.
- Leases shops, offices and workshops.
- Has a quarry operated by the local authority (provides the road-metal for most of west Aberdeenshire).
- Has a Victorian castle run as a corporate and private hospitality venue.
- Has a small food business based in the castle producing jams, chutneys and home-baked foods.
- Supplies a special ‘food parcel’ for forces serving abroad to help raise funds for charities helping injured servicemen.
- Has some 16 local employees working for it, and does a lot of trade with local businesses.
Investigating alternative energy solutions
The estate has a ‘green’ agenda:
- It plans to install wood-chip central heating for the castle in 2011.
- Is investigating wind and water power.
- Aims to install a wood-powered central heating plant for housing in the local village.
- Hopes to participate in a study to find practical ways of insulating traditional granite cottages.
- Delivers its food products in an electric van.
For more information visit www.kincardinecastle.com