Seafield and Strathspey Estates


ForestrySeafield and Strathspey Estates are committed to the principles of good management, conservation and maintaining positive relations with our local communities. With a cohesive plan and forward thinking outlook, the Estates have embraced the role they play in future energy solutions, tourism, education, rural accommodation, agriculture, protecting the environment and as employment providers. The management are aware that well run estates have an important part to play in the fabric of rural Scotland and its future prosperity.

Management policy

Today, more than ever before, policy statements are issued by most trade associations and organisations, and Seafield and Strathspey Estates, as a modern family run business are no exception. The Estates either conform to or are working towards implementation of high standards and guidelines issued by Scottish Land & Estates, Wildlife Estates, Scottish Quality Farm Assured Cereals, UK Forestry Standard and others.

Seafield and Strathspey Estates recognise the employment resource as one of their major assets and give high priority to Health and Safety issues and the provision of a Group Personal Pension Scheme to provide for employees after their service years.

The Estates now have a corporate management structure managing all business interests. Management employees are jointly employed by the principals, and service their requirements as if they were personal clients. Each member of the management team is highly skilled. Co-ordination, co-operation and information dispersal are achieved laterally within the management structure by regular meetings involving senior staff from all disciplines.

Policy Objectives

The Estates' objectives include responsibility for people, business, property, land, community, heritage, wildlife, environment and safety.

The following sets out our list of policy objectives for management and corporate social responsibility. Click on the links to expand.

Human resource ... more
  • To safeguard as far as possible the employment of estate staff

  • To encourage employees to develop skills to give maximum job satisfaction

  • To promote awareness of Health and Safety at all levels and ensure completion of all Risk Assessments and Method Statements where appropriate

  • To make decisions which are not discriminatory on grounds of gender, race, disability or religion

Business and the built heritage ... more
  • To manage to a high level of financial efficiency

  • To maximise net yield without compromising standards and obligations to staff and public

  • To yield a fair return for the business while maintaining the underlying assets

  • To support tenants in appropriate developments to fixed equipment on holdings

  • To promote greater awareness of the needs of tenants

  • To support the development needs of local communities by making land available to sustain dynamic growth both residential and commercial

  • To give special due care to the maintenance and preservation of all listed properties

  • To support local contractors

  • To promote an appreciation of the merits of tenant farming and the success of this partnership approach to business

  • To seek a sustainable balanced approach to rural land use and resist pressure from interest groups with narrow objectives seeking to persuade the Government to further interfere in the fragile rural economy

Natural heritage ... more
  • To encourage the sustainable development of rural industries with due regard to flora and fauna

  • To continue with programmes which deepen and widen existing biodiversity integrating conservation with commercial objectives

  • To participate with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and others in research surveys

  • To encourage conservation by removing redundant deer fencing in order to reduce bird strikes

  • To promote the restoration of woodlands within let farms and to research in co-operation with other organisations the impact of different grazing regimes

  • To control deer numbers by culling to at least the numbers recommended by Scottish Natural Heritage in agreed management plans

  • To implement the Deer Management Plan for the highly acclaimed Kinveachy Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special area of Conservation and Special Protection Area

  • To continue to meet the standards achieved by the Estate under the Wildlife Estates label

  • To restructure woodlands in more sensitive areas to create plantations of mixed age

  • To maintain and improve the valuable heather moorland habitat, particularly for red grouse and also for all upland bird assemblages

  • To promote improvements to tributaries of the Spey in order to encourage habitat conducive to good spawning in association with the Spey River Board, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Public Interface ... more
  • To establish close liaison with local communities, local councils, and national government on all relevant policy areas of mutual interest

  • To communicate estate management objectives to local communities

  • To encourage an appreciation of the countryside and respect for the environment and rural businesses

  • To encourage multi-benefits from woodland areas which do not impair the financial return of the investment in the growing crop

  • To promote woodland access for recreation around local communities

  • To continue to develop recognised safe access routes over estate lands such as those already secured by the Aviemore Orbital Footpath, The Speyside Way that extends for 12 kilometres, and the National Cycle Network extending for some 16 kilometres

  • To encourage "all-abilities" access initiatives as that established at Nethybridge

  • To inform and educate about the rural economy including the support of the Farm Links Scheme promoted by the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative

Key people

The 13th Earl of Seafield ... more

The Earl has spent his adult life managing the family estates. Educated at Eton, as Viscount Reidhaven, he was introduced into estate management well before the death of the Late Countess of Seafield in 1969. The Earl and Countess live at Old Cullen in Banffshire where Lord Seafield is very active in the management of the estate. His flexible approach and constant contact with estate employees and advisors allow the estate to be dynamic and decisions to be made rapidly.

Viscount Reidhaven ... more

Lord Reidhaven was educated at Harrow. He has been connected with the music industry and lives largely in Kent. He is a trustee of The Reidhaven Trust.

The Honourable Alexander Ogilvie-Grant ... more

Lord Seafield's younger son was educated at Eton. He has a degree in Psychology from Edinburgh University, and has been employed in business management in the entertainment industry in London, estate management in Scotland and has a particular interest in renewable energy on an international scale. With a strong commitment to the family estates, he lives in London but spends considerable time at Strathspey throughout the year.

Will Anderson, Chief Executive ... more

Will Anderson is a Chartered Forester with over 30 years experience in forestry and land management, mostly in the north and northeast of Scotland. He started as a contractor before attending forestry college and qualifying in 1989. Prior to joining Seafield & Strathspey Estates, Will worked on the Glenlivet Estate and was a forestry manager and forestry consultant for two firms of chartered surveyors. He has held the position of Forestry Director at Seafield & Strathspey Estates since 2007. Also involved in forestry industry representation, he holds several committee posts including a Confor directorship and acting as their North Scotland Regional Chairman.

David Greer, Property Director ... more

David originally studied Agriculture at the Scottish Agricultural College before going on to study Land Economy at Aberdeen University and qualifying as a Member of the RICS in 1998. His early career was spent with a prominent firm of land agents in the north of Scotland before taking resident land agent positions on two of Scotlandís larger landed estates and ultimately joining Seafield Estate in 2016. During his career he has held a number of external positions on landowner/farmer representative bodies and land management forums. he is responsible for all land and property matters including the management of the family farming operation and sporting.

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AB56 4UW
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