News & Events

Below you will find all upcoming events scheduled for SAAVA members. If you would like to attend one of these events or have a question about the event please contact the event organiser.

Annual Field Day – 1st June 2017


The Annual Field Day will take place at Rosemains Farm, Pathhead, Midlothian, EH37 5UQ by kind permission of the Callander family on 1 June 2017. Cars should be parked in the farmyard as directed. The programme will commence promptly at 10.30 am (coffee and bacon rolls from 10.00 am) and finish at 3.45 pm approximately.

Rosemains Farm is part of Prestonhall Estate. The Estate is owned by the Callander family and is managed by Bill Gray. It is a monitor farm. The Estate extends to approximately 1600 acres comprising 1100 acres of arable land, grass policies and forestry. On the Estate there is a mansion house, a walled garden that has been restored during the last five years, 28 residential let properties and a commercial let of a livery for approximately 40 horses.

During the morning there will be an opportunity to inspect the Farm in proximity to the steading and see some of the buildings, crop and equipment. Bill Gray will also explain his farming system during the inspection.

Debbie Mackay, Head of Planning, Scotland of Savills will give a presentation on planning considerations relative to redevelopment of traditional farm buildings as residential properties. The afternoon will be spent in group discussion on valuation topics relative to (a) growing crop (b) the biomass boiler (c) relocation of an overhead electricity line and transformer and laying the cable underground and (d) resumption of the farmhouse and traditional steading.

Attendance at the Annual Field Day qualifies as a half day tutorial (3.5 hours) for those preparing to sit the CAAV Exam. It also qualifies as 5 hours CPD. Guests are welcome to attend. Outdoor wear is recommended.

It is anticipated that interest in visiting Rosemains Farm will be high. If you wish to attend please complete the Field Day Accept 2017 and return to Christine Nisbet, Seed & Co, Cothill, Duns, Berwickshire, TD10 6YW [Tel: 01361 882920 / Email:] no later than Thursday 25 May 2017.