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13/02/2018
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Let’s give angling the support it deserves

This weeks blog has been guest written by Hughie Campbell Adamson. Hughie has run Stracathro Estates, in the North Angus, for twenty-five years. He has served as Chairman of the Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards, and Chairman of Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland. For the thousands of anglers who enjoy salmon fishing, the turn of the
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01/02/2018
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Time for planning to stand and deliver for rural Scotland

Improving on delivery has been a key aim of Scottish Ministers in proposing the Planning (Scotland) Bill. Empowering planning to deliver great places highlighted that development plans appear to have insufficient influence on actual housing delivery, citing that while 40,000 units were approved in 2014/15 only 17,419 were delivered in the same period. This stark
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11/01/2018
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Agriculture meets instaculture at Oxford

Part two of our guest blog from Clive Phillips, Head of Land and Rural Business at Brodies LLP, on his thoughts from the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference.  This years’ Oxford Farming Conference gave some powerful political and commercial signals as to what lies ahead for the future of the rural sector. The market is changing in
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10/01/2018
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Powerful signals for farm policy and trade from Oxford

This weeks guest blog is by Clive Phillips, Head of Land and Rural Business at Brodies LLP, on his thoughts on the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference.  In the round of key presentations at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference, Michael Gove’s much talked about announcement is arguably more fundamental than an extension of farm support to
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12/12/2017
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Spotlight on the community role

Scottish Land & Estates has been working alongside other stakeholders to help deliver 1 million acres of land in community ownership on a willing seller basis by 2020. Last week the spotlight turned on progress to-date as Scotland’s Chief Statistician published the Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland 2017 report. The report outlines the
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30/11/2017
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Back to business

It has been a year since I last wrote about Scotland’s far too infrequently celebrated rural businesses and their successes. But Small Business Saturday is back and this year I want to highlight the importance of supporting your local small businesses this festive season. Last year I was quick to highlight the positive contribution that
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21/11/2017
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Brian Grigor’s Roast Grouse Recipe with Salt Baked Celeriac, Scottish Brambles and Roasted Nuts

Brian Grigor, head chef of Michelin starred Number One at The Balmoral Hotel, is supporting the efforts of the Gift of Grouse and Scotland’s regional moorland groups in highlighting the ‘hill-to-plate’ credentials of grouse to mark the start of Great British Game Week, 20th – 26th November 2017. Grouse has growing in popularity on the
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14/11/2017
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What will the new tenancy regime mean for rural communities?

Rented housing on farms and estates has been the cornerstone of rural communities for hundreds of years. Over that time legislation and policy has gradually changed, but have we ever seen so much change in such a short period of time as we have over the last few years? On this Landlord Day we consider
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08/11/2017
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Let’s Take the Lead

The Scottish Partnership against Rural Crime (SPARC) has identified the worrying of livestock as one of the key issues impacting on rural / agricultural communities in Scotland. Incidents are highest during March, April and May, coinciding with the main lambing season, however another peak comes in November, coinciding with ewes being brought onto lower land
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20/10/2017
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Managed moorland where mountain hares fare best

Mountain hare populations move in cycles and so, it would appear, do calls for a ban on legitimate management of their numbers. In late July, a call was issued by OneKind asking the Scottish Government to ban any form of hare culling. And last week – just over two months on from that initial publicity
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