Land At Moss-Side Of Esslie

Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, AB30 1RL

Offers Over £2,250,000

269.86 acres

  • A rare opportunity to purchase land that has been farmed under a regenerative farm policy.
  • A fertile and organic matter rich ring fenced block of land.
  • No potatoes grown on the land in over 12 years.
  • A number of the field boundaries benefit from extended hedgerows.

CLOSING DATE: 12 noon, Wednesday, 27th September 2023GENERALThe land at Moss-side of Esslie sits on the fertile valley floor of the Howe of the Mearns, with the land being typical of the quality agricultural unit found in the area. The land offers a perfect investment opportunity or a bolt on to an existing holding.The Howe of the Mearns is renowned for its highly productive agricultural soils with soft fruit, potatoes and vegetables all commonly featuring within rotations. Moss-side of Esslie has been devoted to the practices of regenerative agriculture for more than a decade, with the vendor being an active member of the ‘Soil Regenerative Agriculture Group’ as part of the wider Farming for a Better Climate group. As a result of this careful land management the land will be of an excellent standard, being rich with organic matter and in good heart. Futhermore, the land is free of pests such as Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) and Clubroot. Soil sampling results are available from the selling agents.The farm has an extensive network of internal tracks that have been well maintained are in excellent condition and provide access to all of the fields. The unit is ring fenced and a number of the field boundaries form extended hedgerows which provides a delightful habitat for biodiversity, complementing the regenerative agriculture practices that have been used on the land.SITUATIONThe land is located in the County of Aberdeenshire within the highly productive area of the Howe of the Mearns. Located only 6.5 miles to the southwest of the town of Laurencekirk which offers local village amenities and excellent links to the north and south via the A90 dual carriageway, lying a couple of miles from the land together with a regular railway service.METHOD OF SALEThe land at Moss-side of Esslie is offered for sale as a whole.DESCRIPTIONThe land consists of 9 parcels which surround a farmhouse and steading which are not included in the sale. The farmland extends to approximately 269.86 acres (109.21) of predominantly Grade 3.1 arable land. There are areas of more productive Grade 2 on the east side of the unit, with areas of Grade 5.3 on the fringe of the Esslie Moss to the north. According to the James Hutton Institute this land will be capable of supporting a wide range of crops due to the quality of soil and drainage in place; the land has been used to grow a range of cereal crops. Potatoes have been excluded from the rotation for a good number of years.The land consists of Balrownie Brown Earth soils and Mineral Alluvial Soils. The land, for the most part sits relatively flat, with there being a gentle descent on the east side of the holding, from the public road, with the land descending from 55 metres above sea level to 50m.IACSAll the farmland is registered for IACS purposes and the farm code is 466/0005.BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME (BPS) 2023Basic Payment Entitlement was established on 15th May 2015. The Basic Payment Entitlements are available for the land and included within the sale offer.The entitlements available are as follows: Region 1 – 108.13ENVIRONMENTAL STIPULATIONSAll the land is designated as non-LFA. The land situated within the Strathmore and Fife Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. Esslie Moss is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, parcel 8 on the Sale Plan falls within the management boundary.SPORTING RIGHTSThe sporting rights are included.MINERAL RIGHTSThe mineral rights are included.