5 September 1997

Sporting offer for Glenfeshie

UNABLE to meet its objectives for restoration, Will Woodlands is returning the 42,000-acre Glenfeshie Estate to the market, after three years of ownership.

Bought in Nov 1994 for about £5m, the charity aimed to restore the Caledonian Forest on the estate back to its original 10,000 acres, from the current 600 acres.

To achieve this a substantial red deer cull was required, but Will Woodlands policy of a gradual reduction in numbers with fencing to ensure early forest regeneration met with some opposition. Other parties wanted a much higher initial cull, leaving the rest to nature.

Following investment by Will Woodlands in housing, including the renovation of the seven-bedroom lodge, and buildings, the estate near Kingussie, Inverness-shire, now is guided at offers in the region of £6m by Edinburgh-based agent Brodies.

Also various sporting opportunities exist at Glenfeshie with annual averages of 161 stags, 181 brace of grouse and 37 salmon from 12 miles of fishing on the River Feshie. About 1300 acres of commercial woodlands are included in the sale.n