Anne Gray
  Anne Gray



06/07/2017
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Visions of the future

The lack of clarity around the Brexit process is without doubt problematic. Brexit was never going to be easy, but the various political power struggles that are playing out at the moment definitely add another dimension to it. Undaunted however, many organisations with an interest in how rural Scotland looks and operates are producing position
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06/04/2017
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It’s time for solutions…

Thoughts from the Forum for the Future of Agriculture conference, Brussels March 2017 The annual Forum for the Future of Agriculture conference is very much about the big stuff. How do we create food production systems that don’t deplete the Earth’s natural resources, but instead rely on only what can be renewed? How do we
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14/02/2017
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This Valentine’s Day, love your bog…

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Seen for years as being bleak, unproductive waste-ground, the image of Scotland’s peatlands, whether upland or lowland, has not always been favourable. Indeed, it is only since society has come to understand the natural environment as a dynamic life-support system, rather than a store of natural resources to be exploited for human advancement, that we
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03/08/2016
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Some thoughts on Brexit

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This blog is entitled “Some thoughts on Brexit” because, as of yet, the political landscape around this momentous decision is still pretty unclear. It is apparent though, through speaking informally to members, colleagues, political representatives and others over the last few weeks, that while there are challenges, there are also opportunities. The biggest opportunity perhaps
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12/07/2016
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A Vision for the Uplands

If only there was one shared vision, life would be simple! This week the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) added its thoughts to the varied mix of those already expressed on how the uplands should look and be managed by launching its Uplands’ Policy document entitled ‘Living Landscapes in the Scottish Uplands’. Scottish Land & Estates was
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23/02/2016
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Can we have consensus conservation please?

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The future of beavers has once again hit the headlines in recent weeks, with pressure being placed on the Scottish Government to allow their full reintroduction as soon as possible. Sadly, much of the commentary has sought to portray farmers as the ‘bad guys’ rather than addressing the fact that the illegal release of beavers,
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18/12/2015
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How we use land has never been more important

Article written by Anne Gray, Policy Officer (Environment) at Scottish Land & Estates.  I’ve been asked to finish off the year with a blog on something other than land reform! As a Scottish Land & Estates employee that’s more tricky than you might think. It is almost impossible to go into a meeting of any kind
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