Gordon buys a piece of highland paradise
GORDON Skippen is now entitled to call himself a lord after he purchased a picturesque piece of the Scottish highlands.
The Maryborough man, who is president of the Cannabis Growers Association of South-East Queensland, found out about the conservation program offered through Highland Titles, which is the trading arm of a registered charitable trust.
Each year thousands of people purchase a piece of the Glencoe reserve, ranging between one square foot and 100 square foot, to call their own.
A one square foot piece of the Glencoe nature reserve costs about 30 pounds, or $60 in Australian currency.
While the title does not equate to recognised British nobility, the Scottish word Laird literally means landowner, giving those who invest in the future conservation of the highlands every right to style themselves as a lord or lady.
People can even visit the nature reserve and see their small allotments and while he is battling terminal cancer, Mr Skippen says he hopes he might get there to see it one day.
He said he had a proud British heritage and purchasing a piece of the highlands was a way to honour it.