With offices across England and Scotland the diversity of the Bidwells business is more apparent than ever during the Covid-19 lockdown. Rosanna Fraser in Bidwells’ Scottish estates management team describes how her working life has been impacted.
Life in the rural sector carries on. All around us, spring crops are breaking through, lambs are bouncing around the lush grass and grouse are nesting across the moors – all a gentle reminder that brighter days lie ahead.
As we enter week five of government lock down, our focus has moved to the longer term. Across many highland estates, stalking diaries are now fully booked for the coming season and we have seen smaller family shoots make the positive decision to proceed with Poult orders for the coming season.
This global pause has provided opportunity for business reviews and in the coming days we will be advertising a new employment opportunity for a client looking to develop the fishing potential of their property. In addition, we will shortly be marketing a small number of highly sought-after rental cottages in the Highland Perthshire area.
Whilst building projects and property renovations have been delayed, we remain in close contact with local trades and are all on stand-by to recommence works as soon as restrictions permit.
Where an Estate is fortunate enough to have their own in-house maintenance team, we have ensured strict safety precautions are in place but are very much making the most of this beautiful spring weather. Drainage schemes, fencing maintenance and paintwork are being carried out across many of these properties, all tasks that can safely be carried out whilst adhering to the social distancing requirements –for many Estate staff they have seen very little change in their everyday life!
For us all, the impact of COVID-19 has been huge, however with communication, ever evolving technology and some positive government support, the Rural Sector remains in a positive place and will bounce back from this.