Dumfries & Galloway businesses come together to learn more on Business innovation and Climate Change

Press Release

Over 30 farmers, land managers and business owners from across Dumfries & Galloway came together on 19 August to hear more on sustainable eco innovation.

Organised by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business membership organisation, the group met in person for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Anaerobic Digestion plant at Charlesfield, Annan by kind permission of SLE member George Birkbeck from Hoddom and Kinmount Estate. Focusing on renewable energy, the group heard from Farm Manager, Angus Brown, and Estate Factor, Nicholas Mellish, from Davidson & Robertson about the AD plant, highlighting the attention to detail that is required to run the plant that produces 500kw per hour.  

Later in the day members enjoyed a site tour of the innovative, family run sawmill James Jones & Sons at Lockerbie.  Joint Managing Director, David Leslie, gave an informative presentation which highlighted their recent £17.5 million investment into a secondary processing, undercover storage, and distribution centre and highlighted their work maintaining their position as sector leader in sustainability and carbon impact reduction.  Rob MacKenna, General Manager lead the tour around the 3-mill site that employs 180 members of staff. 

Speaking after the event, Tracey Roan, Scottish Land & Estates Regional Support Officer for Dumfries & Galloway said: “Land managers and rural businesses play an important role in tackling climate change. Events like this one are a great way for SLE members to learn from one another, hear about the challenges overcome and the opportunities to grow their businesses, all while helping the environment, employing local people and involving the local community”.

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