|Winner: The Hopes Estate|
Adam Smith and I are delighted to announce that The Hopes Estate is the winner of the Heather Trust and GWCT Golden Plover Award 2016.
Adam and I would like to congratulate Robbie Douglas-Miller, his Gamekeepers: Ian Elliott and Julian Bond, and the farm manager Gordon Kerr, and we look forward to presenting the award to the estate at the Scottish Game Fair on Friday. Sadly, Robbie Douglas-Miller cannot be with us, but the estate to be well-represented by the rest of the team.
Adam and I visited all four, shortlisted estates together during June, and some details we gathered during the visits are on the Award's website.
We were delighted by the standards of management we were shown and there was strong competition for the award. There can be only one winner, but we would like to acknowledge the high quality of the other applications.