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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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10/10/2017
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Rural reflections on World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day, and this once taboo subject is now becoming a normal topic of conversation, as it should. We know that one in four Scots face mental health problems at some point in their life and recent research by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has shown that isolation and stigma can be
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04/10/2017
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Sporting Rates – Much Ado About Nothing?

Amongst the bank statements which remain unopened, the Farmfoods flyers which go straight to recycling, valuation notices will be hitting door mats across the country. As the reintroduction occurred, there was enough theatrics about ‘taxing the lairds’ to be suitable for a Shakespearian play but now that the Bill has passed and valuations are known,
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15/09/2017
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Saving Scotland’s red squirrels through community action

It’s been a busy summer for Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels. Earlier this year it was announced that the project had been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for an exciting new endeavour called ‘Developing Community Action’. Alongside work to control grey squirrel numbers in strategic areas, and slow the impact
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14/09/2017
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We need our governments to work together

I am worried. I am worried about the future of Scottish agriculture and land management. To be sure, there is a lot to be worried about with Brexit overshadowing everything; a huge amount rests on the outcome of the trade deals that are still to be negotiated. But, I have a more specific worry which
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Gavin Mowat

Spotlight on the community role
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Brian Grigor’s Roast Grouse Recipe with Salt Baked Celeriac, Scottish Brambles and Roasted Nuts
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What will the new tenancy regime mean for rural communities?
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