ENVIRONMENT AND WILDLIFE faqs
Since surveying the property over the past year, it has become clear that significant tree management is required. Very little work, if any felling or other maintenance had been completed in the past 70 years.
Our team is working closely with expert arborists to remove dead, dying, and potentially hazardous trees across the Estate. The first phase of survey work is almost complete, and the active phase has commenced.
We expect this to take a number of years to complete, given the scale and scope of the projects required.
We have been working closely with Perth and Kinross Council tree officers, from the outset.
Additionally, we have been working with the council’s planning department to ensure that all replanting is carefully considered, taking into account the Historic Gardens and Designed Landscape designation set by Historic Environment Scotland.
To read more about our efforts, please see a recent update here.
Safeguarding the Estate’s outstanding natural environment and wildlife are top priorities for our team as we move forward on development. We are working closely with two ecology consultants who have surveyed the Estate, including the River Tay as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
There are also specific conditions in place related to our existing planning permissions to ensure that we adhere to all relevant legislation, including planning conditions set by Perth and Kinross Council. Liaison with Nature Scotland is also ongoing in relation to a number of our planning applications, and we are working closely with all statutory authorities to ensure the protection and enhancement of wildlife across the Estate.
The Taymouth Castle team is committed to responsible development practices and working
with experts to ensure our work is in harmony with both the local environment and wildlife. We
recently engaged Dr. Peter Green, a respected veterinary surgeon consultant specialising in deer
health to investigate deer management on the Estate and implement both short and long-term
Further details of his visit can be viewed on our news page here.