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29/08/2017
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Our review of the review…..

In 2016 the Barclay Review Group was tasked to conduct a review into the non-domestic rates system in Scotland, which it published in August 2017. This may not be the most thrilling blog topic but it is likely to impact all businesses in Scotland so is worth understanding. The Review presented 30 recommendations. Below I
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01/08/2017
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Financing Peatland Restoration

(Photo: An eroding peatland: an unnatural process which is typical of many damaged upland sites ©Emma Goodyer) Scotland is a major player when it comes to peatlands. Covering 22% of its land mass, the country has moved to the forefront in driving restoration of this precious habitat, becoming a global leader. Despite this forward thinking,
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26/07/2017
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A bridge over troubled waters?

The quality of private water supplies in Scotland have often been derided as secondary to that of public supplies. Of course most of us could highlight an exception or two to such a claim, but it is with this presumption in mind that the Scottish Government is pushing ahead with its latest consultation: the draft
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19/07/2017
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Fancy getting outdoors? Let’s celebrate National Park Week

With summer finally upon us AND it being the start of National Park Week this Monday, there is no better time or excuse to get out and explore the stunning beauty of Scotland’s two National Parks. This year National Park Week runs from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July and the theme for 2017 is
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11/07/2017
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The Energy Efficiency Debate is Heating Up

The Scottish Government research confirms what we have thought for a while – the least energy efficient properties are those in rural areas. They are off the gas grid, pre-1919 so are of traditional build such as stone and slate, and are detached so more exposed to the marvellous Scottish weather. So we know where
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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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20/06/2017
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Creativity is essential for survival in rural businesses

It is hard to believe that it is almost a year since the Royal Highland Show was filled with faces of disbelief at the outcome of the Brexit referendum. Twelve months on and for many, disbelief has changed to frustration as so little detail has emerged as to what our post-Brexit world will look like
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17/05/2017
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Feral pigs – an update

Over the last 15 years, free-ranging, breeding populations of feral pigs have become established in Scotland. Following escapes or deliberate releases from wild boar and domestic pig farms, or from collections, at least three breeding populations have become established; in Dumfriesshire, in central Perthshire and in Lochaber. One-off sightings have come from as far apart
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25/04/2017
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New opportunities for hut culture in Scotland

(Picture by Jack Hughes and Lucy Eccles) 70 years ago Scotland had a thriving hutting culture. Hundreds of small wooden huts were dotted around the country. Families paid ground-rent to landowners in return for the opportunity to build a simple hut for recreational use. These charming low-impact buildings gave an opportunity for industrial workers on
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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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