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A long-term plan for a more resilient river

02nd July 2020

Neil Wright reports on efforts to secure the future of salmon in a Sutherland river in the face of climate change.

Always expect the unexpected

02nd July 2020

It is fairly common to find oddities and noteworthy features when working on and walking through the forests we manage.

A B C ...spelling out the cost of energy failings

30th June 2020

Sales of homes could be blocked if they fall short on energy efficiency, but how will this impact on residential property values in general?  Calum Innes reports.

The Appeal Of The Scottish Estate Today

26th June 2020

The worldwide romantic appeal of Scotland is long established; beautiful coast lines, the rugged mountain ranges of the Highlands, the rolling countryside of the lowlands, together with the ability to “get away from  it all” with relative ease.

Atlantic salmon: making sense of the figures

26th June 2020

Hugo Remnant explores the many theories around declining salmon numbers.

Ministers call for ideas in drive to promote green heat for buildings

25th June 2020

The UK Government is rethinking its subsidy for green energy in the form of heat and calling for ideas on what to replace it with.

The bad bug guide

24th June 2020

Stephen Sweeney looks at the growing array of threats to Britain’s trees.

Boost for projects to deliver low-carbon economy and help drive COVID recovery

23rd June 2020

Huge strides are being made in renewable energy and clean technologies and frankly it’s hard for busy people to keep up with developments, let alone evaluate which ones present the best opportunities. 

Dressing a property up vs Empty properties

18th June 2020

No matter what is happening in the property market, when you want to sell your home there are two important factors to consider to assure a quick sale: price it  well and ensure it is looking its best. Regardless of the asking price, the appearance needs to be inviting. Empty properties can often be undesired or even overlooked so we explore the reasons for dressing a property vs leaving it empty.

Why yon bonnie banks are in need of restoration

17th June 2020

Restoring woodland in upper river catchments can be of great benefit to water courses and the salmon that spawn in them. Willie Beattie offers a Highland perspective.

Towards Zero Carbon

16th June 2020

The UK’s zero-carbon emissions target for 2050 is a huge ambition, and the Government will need to be transparent about the practicalities, says Mike Reid.

Family succession gives young farmer a chance to spread his wings

12th June 2020

A contract farming agreement was the way forward for an awardwinning hill farm when the time came to pass the reins from one generation to the next. Lucie Howatson reports.

Buying a Residential Property in England

11th June 2020

Our three English offices, in Penrith, Blagdon and Hexham, joined the Galbraith fold in early 2019. We offer the full range of residential and rural property services, as well as estate management, land agency and forestry advice across the whole of Northern England. 

Reaching for the sky: the new generation of timber buildings

10th June 2020

Buildings have been made from wood for thousands of years, but new ways of using the material are giving it a new lease of life. Paul Schofield reports.

Electric Vehicles: The challenge for rare earth miners

09th June 2020

Sales of new petrol and diesel cars are to be illegal from 2035. But can we produce enough batteries for zeroemission vehicles to replace them asks mining expert Kim Moreton. 

Venison venture: an alternative use for marginal land

04th June 2020

Red deer farming was the obvious choice when Rachel and Fergus Russell were looking for a way to use some marginal land on their holding near St Andrews.

Getting Closer To Nature

03rd June 2020

Willie Beattie looks at the pros and cons of continuous cover forestry. 

5G radiation risks threaten modernisation of UK mobile network

03rd June 2020

There have been attacks on radio masts sites and maintenance crews recently due to fears that the sites are spreading coronavirus.  However, the real threat to the public may come from the radio waves emitted by the base stations, according to Mike Reid of property consultants Galbraith.

Property Search

02nd June 2020

Phiddy Robertson talks about property search agents and the changes we have encountered over the years.

Renewable subsidies: A change of heart

02nd June 2020

Gareth Taylor reports on a surprising turnround by the Government.