Environment

With a longstanding commitment to protecting the environment, Buccleuch values the breath-taking landscape in and around the estates as a precious commodity, entrusted in our care for the benefit of generations to come.

We actively manage our impact on the environment to ensure each decision we make is sustainable for the long term, enhancing the land and wider eco-system, and driving down our carbon footprint. Our Land Use Statement further outlines our commitment to responsible land management.

CARBON COMMITMENT

With a longstanding commitment to countering climate change, we are excited to be embarking on the next phase of a journey that will help protect the environment and heritage for future generations.

We must work together to take action against climate change. Small steps and wholesale change in the way we manage the land can help reduce our carbon emissions and we are committed to this goal. We must ensure we share best practice and collaborate with our stakeholders, our peers and our communities to build a better future.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

In recent years, Buccleuch has developed environmental commitments in each of its principal enterprises, including agriculture and forestry, to further enhance biodiversity and natural habitats, and to ensure its operations impact positively on the environment.

We are developing a scientific understanding of our natural capital resources, working in partnership with external experts, including the Tweed Forum, Crichton Carbon Centre, and Natural Capital Research. This underpins our commitment to achieving the long-term environmental benefits which can flow from alternative land uses, including peatland restoration, native woodland planting, enhanced recreation, improved water catchment and flood management, and renewable energy generation.

BUCCLEUCH FORMS NEW COLLABORATION WITH CRICHTON CARBON CENTRE

A new partnership has been formed between Buccleuch and a not-for-profit environmental organisation to undertake the restoration of peatlands across some of Scotland’s best-known landscapes.

SUCCESSFUL RED KITE PROJECT ENTERS SECOND YEAR

Boughton Estate are once again taking part in the conservation programme, which will see red kites translocated from the estate to Spain to help repopulate areas where red kite numbers are dwindling.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE FLEET

This month, Buccleuch were delighted to take delivery of the first vehicles for their electric fleet at Queensberry Estate.

PEATLAND RESTORATION

One of the most important land resources in the fight against climate change are peatlands, which cover around 20% of Scotland.

BOUGHTON ESTATE JOINS THE RIVER ISE PARTNERSHIP

Buccleuch’s Boughton Estate have joined forces with other environmental and local agencies in the North Northamptonshire area to launch ambitious plans to protect and enhance the natural environment in the Ise Valley.

RED KITE SUCCESS STORY

Red Kites from Boughton Estate will join others for a new life in Spain.

GROUND SOURCE HEAT PUMP

A monumental renewable energy project has begun at the historic Bowhill House, on Buccleuch’s Borders Estate.