SnBM are looking at options to lease Drimore & Grogarry farms as the property is due to become available. There are 5 options available for consideration:
- Let as a going concern
- Let as two units
- Grazing lets
- Divide into crofts
- Farm to remain in Estate control
Drimore and Grogarry Farms (the property) is a large farm on South Uist and comprises a good mix of arable, permanent and temporary grass and rough hill grazing. Historically the arable area has been used to produce a range of cereal crops, while the remaining ground has been used for production of grass and livestock grazing.
The farm lies on the west side of South Uist and has a significant area of machair land and fresh water lochs within its bounds. These have numerous conservation designations, primarily in relation to species rich grassland and wetland birds. The western side of the farm is variously designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation and a Wetland of International Importance (Ramsar site). These conservations will impose limitations on the timing, intensity and extent of some agricultural operations however they present the opportunity for potentially valuable habitat management schemes through Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy.
The farm is currently occupied under an agricultural tenancy which was established in 1986. The holding is in good condition.
The tenant has indicated that they wish to renounce the tenancy, which will return the farm to the landowner with vacant possession.
The residential property and buildings including steadings are not offered as part of the proposed lease subjects.
The property extends to approximately 904.40 hectares (2,234.77 acres) which can be roughly broken down as follows: Arable 18.49ha (45.69 acres) Pasture 311.26ha (769.12 acres) Hill Grazing / 574.65ha (1,419.96 acres)
Please see below the options paper explaining each option in further detail:
Expressions of interest from parties seeking to undertake the preferred option can be submitted to Claire MacNeil, firstname.lastname@example.org by the 3rd February 2017 . The SnBM board will look to make a decision in April 2017 on the preferred partner. We will look to conclude an agreement by May 2017.