Dormont is a 500 hectare rural estate in the heart of Annandale in Dumfries & Galloway, 5 miles to the south west of the market town of Lockerbie and half a mile north of the neighbouring village of Dalton.
The estate is owned and actively managed by the Carruthers family who are resident at Dormont and are therefore accessible at all times.
Responsible access to the estate land is enjoyed by local people and many others who visit the area. Part of the Annandale Way passes through the estate.
The Estate is taking a fabric first approach to continuous improvement in the energy efficiency of the properties on the estate. This not only delivers significant environmental benefits through the reduction of CO2 emissions from these properties but also reduces the occupants’ reliance on expensive fossil fuels. Savings in energy costs reduce the prospect of fuel poverty in an area that is off the mains gas grid and improves disposable incomes which makes essential travel more affordable.
The Estate is an accredited Living Wage Employer because it values the service and commitment that its employees bring to the business.
All these commitments serve to enhance community wellbeing and social justice and promote a fairer society.
The Estate is an integral part of the local community and is committed to supporting those who live and work in it. The Estate is actively engaged in the work of the local community council.
The Estate has a small field which has been converted into allotments for local households.
The Estate employs the services of local businesses wherever possible, for example the repair and maintenance of all estate properties is undertaken by predominantly local tradesmen, and the purchase of goods and services is mostly from local companies.
As a rural business the Estate is acutely conscious of its impact on the environment. Over 90% of the waste it generates is recycled and the Estate’s energy use is reduced by positive measures such as the use of low energy lighting and fuel economy training for the users of its cars. Indeed, the Estate’s cars are some of the most fuel efficient on the market.