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31/03/2017
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Stiff challenges and real opportunities – an update from our Chairman

We are now firmly into the new year with spring finally revealing itself, and we have a very interesting year ahead of us. It is going to be an extraordinarily testing one as we adapt to these ever-changing and uncertain times. On a global perspective, we are going to have to figure out how our
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28/03/2017
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The grass is greener

After overcoming initial scepticism, a £10m anaerobic digestion plant is providing both eco-friendly power for local homes and a guaranteed source of income for nearby farmers When Charlesfield Farms wanted to diversify its business, the estate decided to join the green revolution. The result was a new £10 million anaerobic digestion (AD) plant that produces
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21/03/2017
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A new direction for Scottish land management

In Scotland today we stand at a crossroads in terms of rural policy. There are a number of decisions and debates that are coming together to make this a pivotal moment that will shape rural areas for decades to come. Whatever happens—whether we leave the EU, become a completely independent country or become an independent
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14/03/2017
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Tourism’s 8-day-week in the limelight

£6 billion…. According to Scottish Government statistics, that’s how much money the tourism sector contributes to Scottish Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is a substantial amount of money which represents 5% per cent of total GDP. In 2015 the sector supported more than 217,000 jobs, accounting for around 8.5% of employment in the country. In
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28/02/2017
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Let’s keep red squirrel numbers out of the red

Scottish Land and Estates is delighted to continue its support of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) Project, which has just been awarded a grant of £2.46 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the SSRS – Developing Community Action project (SSRS-DCA). It is now estimated that there are now only c.160, 000 red
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22/02/2017
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Let’s keep the wild in Scottish wildcat

Cat owners across Scotland are being asked to help protect the highly endangered Scottish wildcat. Experts estimate there are fewer than 300 wildcats left in the wild, but Scottish Wildcat Action (SWA) hopes pet and farm cats will play a key part in helping save the day. So what is involved and, crucially, what can
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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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07/02/2017
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Planning: power to the people?

Planning is a thorny issue which more than one elected member of Holyrood has been warned against getting involved in, and for good reason. Red tape, costly, time consuming and controversial developments. Unfortunately, these are just some of the frustrations that people too often cite whenever the subject of planning broached. But, having made it
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19/01/2017
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2016 in review and a look ahead to 2017

Looking back… On behalf of everyone at Scottish Land & Estates I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! The past year has seen a number of significant events and changes which will impact on landownership and land management in Scotland, and looking at our calendar for the year ahead, I’m sure
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06/12/2016
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Yee-haa for YeHHA!

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One example is the Flodden Eco museum, a cross border project which links together over 40 sites and other aspects of heritage nationwide which have a connection to the Battle of Flodden, through history, folklore, or legend. The sites are all existing attractions in the care of their communities, such as castles, bridges, churches, museums,
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