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Natural Capital – Rothiemurchus Estate & their Christmas Trees

For our final episode of 2023 we are getting a bit festive and are speaking to Ollie Mackay at Rothiemurchus Estate. Rothiemurchus is a special and beautiful place in the Highlands of Scotland, at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Ollie is the Head Ranger on the estate and we chat about all the estate’s natural capital assets and his role.

We learn about the range of activities and habitats the estate hosts including livestock, farming, beavers and tourism, alongside the pressures and opportunities this creates. Rothiemurchus is the custodian of one of the finest remnants of the Caledonian forest, a natural woodland dominated by Scots Pine that is managed sustainably for nature conservation, recreation, woodland grazing and timber production. Management of the forest has created an opportunity for environmentally friendly Christmas trees, with profits going back in to the upkeep of paths and projects on the estate.

Host Rachel Smillie, Producer Iain Boyd, Executive Producer Kerry Hammond, Editor Ross Mackenzie.


Related FAS resources:   

FAS Sounds | Helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service

Biodiversity | Helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

Rewilding | Helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (

Living Alongside Beavers | Information helping farmers in Scotland | Farm Advisory Service (


Other Related Resources: 

Home – Cairngorms National Park Authority

Welcome to Rothiemurchus — Rothiemurchus

Rothiemurchus Scots Pine Christmas Trees — Rothiemurchus

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