Scotland’s country estates were once bought as playgrounds for wealthy individuals who wanted to indulge their passion for deer stalking, grouse shooting and salmon fishing. They are now being targeted by companies wanting to offset their carbon emissions by investing in environmental projects. Inquiries about Scottish estates have doubled since December’s general election, property experts say, with one of the main incentives the chance for companies to reduce their carbon emissions by planting trees, restoring peatland, conserving wildlife habitats and improving flood protection. The move suggests a change in Scottish estate ownership away from traditional country sports models to a cashing-in on environmental benefits and “eco-travellers”.
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