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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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04/04/2017
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Making the Most of Our Land

This week’s guest blog has been written by Andrew Thin, chair of the new Scottish Land Commission. These are testing times for a small country on the fringes of Europe. Even without the potential ramifications of Brexit we will have our work cut out if we are to maintain our relative position in the world
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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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