Profiles/ David Seed, Cothill Farm, Berwickshire
David Seed, Cothill Farm, Berwickshire
From farming to land management, David Seed has built up a thriving business.
Diversifying from traditional farming
David explored different avenues for the family farming business, based in Berwickshire, after a run of bad weather in the ‘80s resulted in several years of poor prices. David’s business now consists of:
Developing new skills
David started a distance learning course with the College of Estate Management in Reading to gain a diploma in surveying in 1989, then spent two years working with a local agent, to gain an MRICS qualification.
He is also currently the President of SAAVA and the Chairman of the CAAV in Scotland. Both organisations are very focused on trying to improve and assist in the dispute resolution process for Landlords and Tenants and in particular the rent review process. SAAVA and the CAAV are independent from the views of landlords and Tenants and aim to help to reduce the time and expense in the process for all parties whilst coming up with a fair answer.
Scottish Land and Estates Membership - a two way street
David recognised early on that it was important to become actively involved with Scottish Land & Estates lobbying and policy work in order to get the most from his membership. His contribution has included:
David comments, “As both a farmer and land agent, I need to ensure my membership organisation know enough about my business to enable them to lobby effectively for changes that will benefit what I do. That can only happen if I speak to them”.