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Nerdage gift guide: Highland Titles

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012

Not sure what to get for a hard-to-shop-for nerd on your list?  In today’s suggestion in the Nerdage Gift Guide, you can shop with Highland Titles to make your friend a Lord or Lady, and conserve Scottish forests while you’re at it.

Information from a news release:

With the holiday season just around the corner, millions of gift giving Americans will once again be faced with the same frustrating question, “What do I get for the person who has everything?” Highland Titles, one of the world’s leading innovators in land preservation, is offering a unique, fun and eco-friendly opportunity to purchase souvenir plots on its estate in Glencoe Wood, Scotland – located just two hours from Glasgow – granting the legal use of the Scottish title of Laird, Lord or Lady.

The Highland Titles gift is all about land conservation.  Over the last thousand years, the forests throughout Scotland have been destroyed by industry and farming – in fact, only 1% of the native woodland is all that remains today.  With the priority of eco-conservation initiatives increasing across the globe, Highland Titles has created a new approach to Scottish land conservation by selling small plots to help fund the rescuing of woodlands, tree planting, maintenance and acquisition of land at risk of development – ensuring it cannot be purchased or developed. Plot sizes range from one square foot to 1,000 square feet and are available for purchase starting at $49.99.

“We have created a new approach to raising funds to support the restoration of destroyed woodlands and preservation of land at risk for development,” said Stephen Rossiter, marketing director, Highland Titles.  “It is imperative that we conserve our remaining forests and replace trees that have been lost for the sake of biodiversity, wildlife, carbon sequestration and the enjoyment of future generations. Extending the Scottish tradition of a descriptive title such as Laird, Lord or Lady is just great fun. It is something that our customers from all over the world really enjoy.”

When buying a one square foot plot, the consumer will receive:

  • The title of Laird, Lord or Lady of Glencoe
  • A high quality, full color, gift folder containing all your documents
  • A legal title deed for your land ownership, on velum parchment
  • Master Title Deed to change your title on bank accounts, driving license and other ID
  • A map of Glencoe Wood and directions as well as instructions on how to visit and find your personal plot.
  • Information and pictures of the area, Glencoe Wood and our conservation project.
  • A bumper sticker for you to proudly display your new status (Laird, Lord or Lady)

As part of the purchase, Highland Title owners will receive a Master Title Deed licensed paperwork should they choose to officially change their title on bank accounts, credit cards, driver’s license and other forms of identification. Additionally, Lairds can visit their plot at any time without difficulty. Many Highland Titles plot owners choose to visit and camp on their site.

Founded by Professor Peter and Laura Bevis, a biologist and accountant respectively, the Highland Titles concept was conceived in 2005 during a preservation project on their family estate in the Scottish Highlands.  After creating 12 new wooded areas on family-owned land, they realized that to make a difference, they needed to purchase degraded land that was still capable of being restored to full health.

More information about Highland Titles is available at www.highlandtitles.com, or on Facebook.

For more gift ideas, see http://blog.newsok.com/nerdage/tag/gift-guide-2012

- Matt Price


by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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