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Christie-Elite Nurseries

Bogton Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 3TW

Guide Price £3,500,000


  • Excellent accessible location

  • Long established business with an extensive client base

  • Significant range of buildings, fixtures and fittings

  • Development potential subject to necessary consents

Christie-Elite was formed in 1995 when Elite Trees, based on the Black Isle purchased Forres seedling nursery T&W Christie, a site which had produced high quality nursery trees for over 200 years. Today Christie-Elite is one of the best known …

Christie-Elite was formed in 1995 when Elite Trees, based on the Black Isle purchased Forres seedling nursery T&W Christie, a site which had produced high quality nursery trees for over 200 years. Today Christie-Elite is one of the best known UK growers of forest tree species specialising in Scottish native rees as well as genetically improved conifers for
timber production. It is the only UK tree grower producing both bare-root and cell-grown plants and one of the only nurseries in the world growing native Scottish montane species. The business produces and ships millions of finished trees each winter to estate owners, management companies and forest agents across Scotland, elsewhere in the UK and to Europe.

The nursery currently occupies around 170 acres of high grade agricultural land. Approximately 22.47 ha / 55.5 acres of which is owner occupied with the remainder leased on various leases from Moray Council, Church of Scotland and other private landowners. The nursery also owns a Sitka seed orchard producing seed with one of the highest genetic profiles available in Europe. The company employs 25 full time staff and this is augmented
by seasonal workers during the busy winter season with numbers rising to 70 during peak times.

KEY FACTS
• Sales turnover is currently circa £1.8 million
• Production volume is 6-8 million saleable trees per annum
• Full time staff comprises - 1 director, 1 nursery manager, 3 sales and logistics members,
2 admin and finance with the remainder in production.
• Land, buildings and physical assets of circa £1.3m
• Tree stock comprising finished saleable plants on order and growing trees at various
stages of development in the region of £1.4m
• Over 200 years of accumulated capital equipment and experience
• Long established business with an extensive client base

ACCOMMODATION
The nursery holds significant built assets on site including a range of heated and equipped poly-tunnels and stores used in connection with the growing and storage of the tree crop.

The principle buildings include:

Bogton Farmhouse
A one and a half storey grade B listed detached traditional dwelling built from stone and slate. The building is in need of renovation.

Storage Shed / Cold Store. About 50m x 24m
Steel portal frame building with box profile cladding. Insulated and divided into two cold stores with a refrigeration unit within a lean-to. Internal office area, chemical store, adjoining office space (about 9.6m x 2.8m), 2 x WCs.

Grading Shed. About 36m x 25m
Steel portal frame shed with internal foam insulation, roller doors. 50kW solar panel system mounted to roof.

Store. About 11m x 5m
Concrete block built store located to west of sewage works.

There is a range of modular buildings including various stores and the principle office building at the yard. There are numerous single, double and quadruple interlinked polytunnels, many of which have heating, irrigation and drainage.

LAND
The land owned by Christie-Elite Nurseries sits at about 5m above sea level and is flat lying.
Sitting to the north of Forres and divided into three separate blocks, the land extends to about 55.5 acres and is predominantly classified as grade 2 by the James Hutton Institute for soil research. It is generally well drained and has been used for producing nursery trees with occasional arable crops as breaks in the rotation. There is a good network of internal tracks with access over the railway line by a telephone system with manual gates.

The subjects of sale are subject to the polices as detailed in the Moray Local development Plan 2015. About 6.2ha of the land owned by Christie-Elite Nurseries is zoned as ‘Employment Land’ and may be suitable for commercial or industrial development subject to obtaining the necessary consents. Purchasers are advised to make their own enquiries
as regards potential development on site.

VIEWING
By appointment with the Selling Agents.

INFORMATION / DATA CENTRE
Information relating to company accounts, schedules of fixed assets, employment structures and relevant leases will be available to approved prospective purchasers on a cloud based data centre subject to signing a confidentiality agreement. Please contact the selling agents for further details in advance.

LEASEHOLD ASSETS
Parts of the nursery are held under various leases. Further details will be made available upon request. See Data centre above. Provision for landlords’ consent once leases checked.