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From left: Debbie and Max Duffus, Andy Wells, Andy Duffus and Amanda Bryan at Auhriachan Farm

New Crown Estate Scotland Chair meets Glenlivet tenants

The Chair of the newly devolved Crown Estate Scotland this week toured its flagship Glenlivet Estate in her first engagement since the organisation started operating on 1 April.

Amanda Bryan met with a number of tenants and local organisations at Glenlivet and Fochabers estates in Moray to speak with them about how they work with Crown Estate Scotland.

Ms Bryan said, “Thousands of people live and work on Crown Estate Scotland land and property so it was a priority of mine to spend this first week out and about meeting tenants and local partners.

“Crown Estate Scotland will work hard to support businesses and community organisations at Glenlivet, Fochabers and the other rural estates. In doing so, we will aim to help communities thrive. Viewing the range of activities in the Moray estates - farming, forestry, tourism, and community initiatives - and meeting with those we work has been a real pleasure.”

During her visit, Ms Bryan met local tenant farmer Andy Duffus of Auhriachan Farm, who has introduced riparian planting to enhance the environment of his land, and the managers of The Coffee Still café at the BikeGlenlivet centre, which attracts thousands of keen mountain bikers each year and has helped to boost the local economy.

She also met other tenant farmers and with representatives of the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Development Trust and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. She finished her tour with a visit to the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay and Portgordon Harbour on the Fochabers Estate.

Café manager, Dianne Dunlop, said the visit coincided with the start to what promises to be another busy summer season for the bike centre. “This will be our fourth full year of running The Coffee Still Cafe and we’ve been thrilled with how popular the trails are and how busy our business is. We have gained a 4-star rating from VisitScotland and there is no doubt that we are now a destination venue for visitors to the region who love the outdoors - and great local food!”

Ms Bryan was appointed by the Scottish Government in December. Crown Estate Scotland began fully operating on 1 April 2017 and is tasked with managing assets including agricultural and forestry land, most of the seabed, around half of the foreshore and some commercial property.

The business ensures that the assets are enjoyed and developed sustainably to deliver benefits for communities and for the nation, with revenue profit going to Scottish Government.