Farms

Run as an independent business Southesk Farms is a 4000 acre farming and contracting business, with an arable enterprise of over 3000 acres. A 30 acre covered soft fruit business produces strawberries and blueberries under the Angus Soft Fruits umbrella. Land is leased out for potatoes and peas as part of a 7 year crop rotation and the remaining managed land permanent grassland and lowland heath supporting grazing for deer, cattle and sheep.

All these operations are carried out by a small highly committed team of six with backing from an office administrator and the support of a large number of seasonal workers. Every effort is made to keep all arable operations in house using high output machinery and GPS, augmented from time to time by external contractors. Contract cultivations and spraying are undertaken to assist the potato growing agreement and to complement the core arable operations.

Under manager Neil MacLeod this flexible operational approach has been extremely effective whilst also delivering key environmental benefits which are vital when farming in a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone and the Southesk River catchment.

Southesk Farms have recently been awarded a 5 year Agricultural and Economic Climate Scheme (AECS) contract to allow the continuation of work undertaken over the last 5 years through the Scottish Rural Development programme. Protecting, promoting and working with the environment are at the heart of every decision at Southesk.  These schemes have allowed the development of species rich grassland, buffer strips, tree planting, lowland heath and pond creation and they underpin teh farm's ongoing commitment to promoting and protecting the rural environment and farming in an environmentally sensitive manner.

The children particularly thought it was very exciting to live in a castle and it was a beautiful setting for our celebration. M Robertson