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Red Squirrel Conservation

Since their introduction to Britain between 1876 and 1920 grey squirrels have spread rapidly. Grey squirrels cause a substantial amount of damage to their local environment by stripping bark from trees and eating the leading shoots of young trees. In farmed woodland this can lead to a 5% loss of trees and significant devaluing of the timber quality. In addition to this they have displaced the native red squirrel throughout much of England, Wales and Central Scotland.Many greys carry squirrelpox virus, which is fatal to Scotland’s native species. Once a common sight, red squirrel numbers are thought to have dwindled to just 120,000 of which 75% are found in Scotland.

As part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP), the Roxburghe Estates has implemented a five year programme to protect and expand the population of red squirrels on the Estate.  

This is done principally through targeted control of grey squirrels.  This programme is part of a major conservation initiative throughout Northumberland and the Scottish Borders for which the protection of the iconic red squirrel is of paramount importance.

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General Conditions of Let

Tenancy: The tenancy will be a Short Assured Tenancy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988. The Lease may be renewed at the end of the prescribed term of let but applicants should be aware that possession of the property can be recovered by the proprietor at the expiry of the Lease if required.

Entry and Duration: Entry shall be at such date as may be agreed. The duration of the Lease shall be for an initial period of not less than six months.

Rent: The rent shall be payable monthly in advance by Standing Order on the 1st of each month with a proportionate amount payable on entry.

Repairs: The proprietor shall maintain the premises wind and water tight and keep in repair the structure and exterior of the house (including drains, gutters and external pipes), the installations in the house for the supply of water and electricity and for sanitation (including basins, sinks, baths and sanitary conveniences) and installations for space heating and water heating with the exception of any repairs occasioned by any act, omission or negligence of the tenant. Internal decoration shall be the tenant’s responsibility.

Painting: The proprietor shall carry out external painting.

Deposit: A deposit of two months rent will be payable on entry. This will be repaid to the tenant on termination of the lease, provided all obligations of the lease are fulfilled and the property left in a satisfactory condition.

References: The Estate will require the applicant, in the event of them finding a property that they wish to rent, to complete a Credit Check before granting them a tenancy.

Other Conditions: All the other customary Roxburghe Estates conditions of let shall apply and a copy of the pro forma Lease can be inspected at the Estate Office by bona fide intending applicants.

Viewing: Arrangements to view the property may be made by contacting Victoria Roddie, Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso (Telephone 01573 223333)

Tenancy Application: Applications for the tenancy should be submitted on the accompanying form and delivered to Edward Johnson MRICS, Assistant Factor, at the address below.

Roxburghe Estates Office, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7SF