At a meeting with Braemar Community Council, the Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland announced that a search was on to find and co-opt a new Board Member with specialist expertise in countryside, rural affairs and estate management.
Sir Kenneth Calman told the meeting that he and his fellow Trustees had given serious consideration to recommendations set out in the report of a independent review of Mar Lodge Estate as published last November.
He said: “The review told us that our vision of a harmonious balance between conservation, field sports and public access at Mar Lodge Estate was realistic, relevant and achievable. One of the barriers to this was the absence of high level knowledge and advice on countryside issues at the strategic level - this is why my fellow Trustees and I have decided to co-opt someone who can offer us these things, whilst still playing a full part in all other aspects of the business of governing the Trust.”
The independent review of Mar Lodge Estate was conducted by David Windmill and Professors Jeff Maxwell and Rory Putnam. Their report offered a range of conclusions and constructive criticism as to how the Trust might manage Mar Lodge Estate in future and achieve greater commercial success without betraying the fundamental principles of conservation.”