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18/04/2018
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Life as the Learner of the Year

Today’s guest blog is from Megan Rowland, Assistant Land Manager on Gordonbush estate. Brought up in a farming and crofting community, Megan relocated to the Highlands in 2012 to work within the conservation sector. After becoming increasingly interested in integrated land management and fieldsports, Megan chose to pursue a career within the industry. The last couple
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11/04/2018
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Land use is now the big question – a guest blog from John Mackenzie

A few weeks have now passed since the transmission of BBC Scotland’s documentary The Battle for Scotland’s Countryside, and the intervening period has allowed a chance to ponder on what the programme explained – and some of the points it didn’t manage to reflect. Before I go any further, I would recommend anyone with a
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14/03/2018
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Scottish Tourism week – so good they made it a month!

That’s right, the whole of the month of March has been designated ‘Scottish Tourism Month’ this year. It’s a step up from the 8-day-week of previous years and is based on the need for more time to cram in the multitude of events that seek to celebrate tourism in Scotland. But with the first week
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06/03/2018
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How much do we really know about rural youth?

Businesses often list “the next generation” or “youth” as a priority within their plans but how much do we really know about this audience, and how many businesses spend the time to find out what their real challenges and aspirations are? The research to date amongst rural young people, both nationally and internationally, has been
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02/03/2018
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Reflections on the Rural Housing Conference

What strikes me every year about Rural Housing Scotland’s conference in Dunkeld and Birnum is how it brings together people with various perspectives and experiences but who have a united interest in rural housing. It is a noisy conference – people chat, and chat passionately. The challenges faced in delivering rural housing, particularly affordable rural
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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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