However, this community has shown its resilience in a number of practical ways when the local people and services rallied round quickly to help affected residents and shops. Supermarkets opened up free food stalls immediately after the disaster, and holiday homes in the area now house those waiting for the renovation of their properties.
The Cairngorm National Park too have identified the reconstruction of the area’s many environmental assets, which were damaged or destroyed in the floods, as a high priority and Scottish Land & Estates were delighted to participate in the 2016 Cairngorm Nature Festival at Ballater’s Glenmuick Estate. We were delighted to help showcase the fantastic work being carried out on the Estate to sustain and improve the environment, economy and social fabric around the community.
One local business that was quick to get its trading back into action is ‘H M Sheridan’, the butcher, where you will often find the shop packed with locals and visitors looking for a taste of Royal Warranted produce. One of their best selling products is farmed Venison from Glenmuick. Deer farming is a high priority for the Scottish Government, where they have actively encouraged new entrants into the sector over the last five years as venison sales have grown in UK supermarkets.
Glenmuick have been quick to take up the opportunity and Head Keeper David Caithness is using a mixture of Hind stock from their own hills and externally sourced high quality Stags. This strategy, together with good grazing on the Estate and careful management using his experience of sheep farming and an investment in new fencing, has produced exactly the quality looked for by Sheridan for their discerning customers.
Sales have risen steadily and both Estate and butcher are very pleased with this new business stream. Having now tasted the excellent Venison and Cranberry Pie, we are very pleased to endorse the partnership!