Scotland for sale (but not for the Scots) – Corriere.it

Scotland For Sale (But Not for Scots) - Corriere.it
From Paula DeCarolis

More and more international tycoons buy up the most beautiful estates by the millions. The problem is that the new owners forbid hunting on their land, thus depriving the residents of their income.

London – Wooded hills, marshes, beaches, islands. For centuries the Scottish landscape has conquered artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers: its vast expanses and ancient estates are now attracting new eco-conscious owners looking to restore nature’s balance to a corner of paradise are looking for. a Liberal tax regime towards foreign investment, The abundance of space and relatively low prices have turned the autonomous region the northern part of the United Kingdom into a destination for international billionaires.

Danish entrepreneur Anders Holch PovlsenFor a tycoon who is one of the richest men in the world and who owns a bestseller fashion holding company (he lost three of his four children in a 2019 attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka), he has something 90,000 hectares in Scotland, an estate that made him the first private landowner in the UK, they follow sisters Sigrid and Lisbet Rausingheirs to the Tetra Pak empire with around 40,000 hectares, and several other wealthy entrepreneurs who saw the potential for implementation in the expansion of Scotland green projects, such as Camille and Christopher Bentley, The Californian, who bought the 2,200-hectare Kildrummy estate near the Highlands, for 11 million pounds, about 13 million euros in 2020.

With the exception of Donald Trump, who has a huge hotel and golf course in Aberdeenshire and a luxury hotel near Ayr, Many other investors intend to restore the lands they have bought to their natural state. across the make wild again, make wild again, to appointcore ecosystem place and insert Other practices, though ancient, such as hunting have been banned., The trend, highlighted by a recent Reuters survey and a BBC documentary, although ecologically laudable, could have negative implications for populations: less hunting means less tourism, less tourism means less work,

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This is a problem that the autonomous government intends to limit with a new law on land ownership to be introduced in 2023. At present 57% of rural land in Scotland is in private hands, For Environment Minister Mary Macallan, “the aim is to arrive at a more diverse property formula with community projects that allow the population to use the land in their own area”. It is important, he explained, that Scotland helps to mitigate the effects of climate change but it is also important to support communities.

February 12, 2022 (Change February 13, 2022 | 09:45)

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