ANDERS Holch Povlsen, the man who has just, with his snapping up of the 1,100-acre Kinrara Estate near Aviemore, become the individual to own the most land in Scotland – he’s a decent guy, isn’t he? The billionaire seems like a good enough fellow, what with his laudable intentions to protect the natural assets of Scotland for the next 200 years.
He’s a rewilder who has embarked on Scotland’s biggest reforestation project. And, apparently, for all the Dane is a billionaire, back home in Denmark he still drives a battered VW Golf and sends his kids to state school.
But still, decent as Povlsen is, he’s just one individual, in control of 220,000 acres of Scottish land, and that’s proof of how much more there is to do on land reform.
We can’t just be sitting around thinking how lucky we are that a landowner happens to have decent values. What about those who don’t?