Land val­ues

The Herald on Sunday - - VOICES -

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?

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