Top praise for shoot­ing es­tates

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The value of shoot­ing es­tates across Scot­land has been recog­nised at this year’s Scot­tish Land & Es­tates “Help­ing It Hap­pen” awards.

The win­ner of the En­hanc­ing our En­vi­ron­ment Award was Philiphaugh Es­tate in the Bor­ders, which was praised for its peat­land restora­tion work, while the other two fi­nal­ists in this cat­e­gory were grouse­shoot­ing es­tates, with In­ver­cauld Es­tate and Farr Es­tate also nom­i­nated.

Game For Giv­ing, a joint project by Grampian Moor­land Group and Angus Glens Moor­land Group, re­ceived the Work­ing with Com­mu­ni­ties award, for their ef­forts to pro­vide meals of game meat to the needy and vul­ner­a­ble in their ar­eas, in­clud­ing 600 meals for home­less peo­ple at Christ­mas.

Lianne Ma­clen­nan, co­or­di­na­tor for the Angus Glens Moor­land Group and the Grampian Moor­land Group, said: “We part­nered with a home­less char­ity, a fam­ily sup­port char­ity and a food bank to dis­trib­ute healthy fresh game meat to peo­ple in need.”

Glenogil was nom­i­nated for the Con­ser­va­tion Award, due to the shoot­ing es­tate’s habi­tat man­age­ment, with 103 bird species hav­ing been recorded as liv­ing on the moors.

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