Profiles/ Derick Forbes, Callendar Estate, Falkirk
Derick Forbes, Callendar Estate, Falkirk
Callendar Estate has been a member of the Scottish Land & Estates (formerly the SRPBA) for over 20 years. The estate values Scottish Land & Estates’ efforts to promote the relevance of modern day rural, land-based businesses. They feel it is important that the Government and the wider public are aware of the positive contribution those who manage Scotland’s countryside are making to the development of a sustainable future
Integrating leisure and tourism with other land uses
Callendar Estate south of Falkirk is a modern estate with traditional values which aims to make a positive contribution to the local environment and economy.
Estate Chief Executive, Derick Forbes, wants it to be managed as a modern rural enterprise which balances the needs of farm tenants, the public, timber production and conservation. Callendar Estate has….:
Encouraging sustainabilityDerick says: “We are keen to encourage farm tenants to look at leisure or tourism based enterprises like on-farm livery facilities which use the extensive network of paths and tracks. What is good for our tenants is good for the sustainability of the Estate.”
In 2008 the Estate established a biomass business converting low grade timber into wood chip for heat production. The business currently supplies Carstairs State Hospital with their wood fuel requirements. About 2000 tonnes of woodchip are produced annually, generating 2300 MW/h of heat.
For more information visit www.callendarestate.co.uk