We want to help create a healthy local environment in Glenlyon, always aiming to leave the estate cleaner and healthier than when we found it. Here are some specific examples of how we achieve this:
- We are carbon-positive. Our two hydro electric schemes generate a combined 1,350Kw output at peak capacity. Based on the average UK electricity consumption per house of 2,900 KwH, and our target load factor of 36%, this equates to enough power for 1,468 homes.
- Our forestry is Forestry Commission certified. It sucks in carbon, and whenever a tree is felled, another is replanted (insofar as possible within FC parameters).
- In 2020 we entered a five year agri-environmental scheme whereby we commit to keeping our number of sheep and deer below thresholds designed to enable our hill environment to prosper. Previously, the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on our high ground, near our border with Ben Lawyers, was being over grazed by hundreds of our neighbours sheep who were damaging the native plant species and resulting in the spread of grass with minimal environmental benefit. To keep our neighbours sheep out has required the removal of over 5km of rusting hill fence, lifted into skips by helicopter, and the erection of a new fence.
- We maintain our moorland through burning old heather, allowing regrowth of young heather, a superior source of nutrients to grazing animals and birds.
- We are replanted a small number of Scots Pine on our high ground, hopefully the first step to re-establishing some Caledonian Forest.
- We have embarked on a programme of wall maintenance, our preference to erection of fences with limited life-spans.
- We have a zero tolerance to burying inorganic matter.
- In 2020 we have moved to cease the use of all detergents and bleach, replacing with products from Ecover.