Regions
Scottish Land & Estates consists of 5 regions which are managed by a team of 5 Regional Managers:-

Central - Rachael Wright

North East - 

South East -

South West - 

Highlands & Islands - Drew McFarlane Slack
 


The role of the Regional Management team is to promote our members’ businesses and interests and represent the members at a local and regional level.

Every Region has a local Regional Committee, led by a Regional Chairman. These committees play a fundamental role in representing members' interests and offering their views to the Scottish Land & Estates headquarters in Musselburgh. Regional Managers are the cornerstone of members' relationships with the Scottish Land & Estates.

Through the regional membership we can better understand the issues and challenges facing rural business both on a day-to-day basis and longer term.

Regional Events
Regional News
Regional Committee members
Meeting Notes


Scottish Land & Estates Regional Team

Rachael Wright, Central Regional Manager

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Drew McFarlane Slack, Highlands & Islands Regional Manager

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This section of the website is dedicated to providing members with the right tools to help the regional effort - helping members to help themselves. This input is vital to the success of our ongoing efforts - we need your help.

 



Latest Regional

  • 29/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event
    Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017 Time: 10am to 1.30pm Venue: Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB Sponsored by: Turcan Connell & Chiene + Tait Chartered Accountants For more details and to book please click on the flyer below.  
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  • 20/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 November 2017.
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  • 20/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 20/11/2017 - Current consultations - 20 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 17/11/2017 - AGRICULTURAL CHAMPIONS’ REPORT AN ‘IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION’
    November 17, 2017: Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said the report published today by Scotland’s Agricultural Champions on the future of farming is ‘an important step in the right direction’.   Scottish Land & Estates welcomed the report’s focus on areas such a
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  • 17/11/2017 - Year of Young People launched
      A major programme of events and activities to celebrate Scotland’s young people will take place in 2018, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. A global first, the Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform to showcase the personalities, talents and achievements of Scotland’s young people.  
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  • 17/11/2017 - Support for forest tourism
      The partnership organisation to support companies operating in the mountain biking sector has received new backing from the Scottish Government. Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced £50,000 for the Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland project for the coming year, to help deliver on a national strategic frame
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  • 17/11/2017 - Hill Track Maintenance
    Scottish Land & Estates is seeking input from members of their experiences in relation to maintenance of hill tracks. Specifically, we are seeking to gather evidence into what estates need to do on a daily basis in order to make sure tracks are in a suitable condition to be used safely, for example, filling pot holes, clearin
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  • 17/11/2017 - South of Scotland Economic Partnership
    The chair and lead officer for the new South of Scotland interim Economic Partnership have been announced. Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed Professor Russel Griggs OBE will be the private sector chair of the interim body, while Rob Dickson will co-ordinate the partnership’s day-to-day work. The Economic Partners
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  • 13/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 November 2017.
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  • 13/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 10 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 13/11/2017 - Current consultations - 13 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 10/11/2017 - Forestry and Land Management Bill debated in Parliament
    This week saw parliament debate Stage 1 of the Forestry and Land Management Bill.  The full debate can be viewed here...   Scottish Land & Estates provided written and oral evidence during the committee scrutiny process.  While we are confident many of our concerns will be addressed, we remain keen to see the propo
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  • 09/11/2017 - Tweed Valley tourism goal gains momentum
    A bid to boost the Scottish Borders economy by increasing visitor numbers has taken a step forward. Initial funding from the Scottish Government has been secured to develop a tourism based Business Improvement District (BID) in the Tweed Valley.   Read more…  
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  • 09/11/2017 - Landward - Yester Farm Dairies
      Scottish Land & Estates members Yester Farm Dairies were featured on this week’s BBC Landward programme, where they discussed diversification on the farm and the different products they now produce.   https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09cmcnc/landward-20172018-episode-21   
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  • 09/11/2017 - Hive Of Activity On Scottish Grouse Moors
    Scottish honey producers are working with grouse estates to enable bees to feed on the heather moorland in several parts of the country.  The Tomatin Moorland Group has commissioned a short film, A Bee’s Life on the Moor, which shows the successful partnership between estates and a local honey producer, Struan Apiaries.
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  • 09/11/2017 - A Nitrogen Budget for Scotland
    This week Andrew Midgley attended a meeting convened by Nourish Scotland to explore ideas for developing a Nitrogen Budget for Scotland. In the context of climate change and the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Climate Bill, Nourish and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have asked for the Bill to include provisions that would
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  • 09/11/2017 - Code of Good Shooting Practice updated
    A new Code was launched earlier this year and hard copies are available.  Scottish Land & Estates is one of ten land and sporting organisations behind the Code which has proved successful in raising standards and promoting best practice.  Members are encouraged to observe the new Code as part of the system of self-regulatio
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  • 09/11/2017 - Forestry Commission updated guidance for firewood imports
    The Forestry Commission has provided updated guidance for firewood importers in England and Scotland.  Please click on the PDF below to see the full guidance.   
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  • 09/11/2017 - Community Land Scotland update
    Community Land Scotland (CLS) welcomed Coigach Community Development Company and Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay into their membership. CLS will be starting a research project into the potential for more community landownership in urban areas next week. It is expected that findings will be published in a report in March 201
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  • 09/11/2017 - Argyll and Bute LDP2 Main Issues Report drop-in events
    Argyll and Bute Council has begun the Main Issues Report (MIA) stage of public consultation in preparation of its second Local Development Plan (LDP2). Members can find details of the proposals here. The MIA consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 16th October until Monday 11th December 2017.   There will be a
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  • 09/11/2017 - Contract award for A9 dualling
    The remote Slochd summit, the second highest point on the A9 at over 1,300 feet above sea level, will be included in the latest ground investigation contract for the A9 dualling programme award today. Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd will undertake the contract totalling over £2.7 million for the challenging 15-mile Dal
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  • 09/11/2017 - Green community ambitions
    Communities across the central belt can bring environmental and health benefits to their areas by bidding for a share of a fund worth up to £400,000. The 2018-19 round of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding will offer investment to projects promoting active travel, woodland planting, community growing and resto
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  • 09/11/2017 - Scottish Government Review Panel on Building Standards (Compliance and Enforcement) in Scotland
    A review panel has been set up following the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools (February 2017) (Cole Report) and the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.   The Panel will review the building standards system in Scotland in relation to compliance and enforcement and make any
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  • 09/11/2017 - Pupils develop rural skills first hand
    The Perth & Kinross branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) are working closely with Breadalbane Academy’s Rural Skills pupils and teacher Mr Woodrow to bring their learning to life on a working farm.   Sandy Thompson from West Park Farm, Aberfeldy (RHET volunteer and long-standing supporter of the Rura
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  • 09/11/2017 - Fire safety consultation
    People are being asked their views on how fire safety guidance can be improved. The review of the safety advice was agreed by the Ministerial Working Group (MWG) on Building and Fire Safety in Scotland, formed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Premises with Sleeping Acc
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  • 09/11/2017 - SRA youth transport survey
    Scottish Rural Action (SRA) are reaching out to young Scots to find out how the cost of travel affects them in their work, studies and personal lives. Travel affects young people very differently in rural areas where public transport is often irregular, unreliable and expensive, compared to in urban areas where young people c
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  • 09/11/2017 - SNH funding for Long Distance Routes (LDR) improvements 2017-18
    SNH is providing another funding opportunity to remove barriers and improve accessibility on LDRs this financial year. As previously the scheme will target Scotland’s Great Trails and candidate SGTs, but other LDRs will be considered (and several LDR’s have already been funded through this project). Up to £10,000 is avai
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  • 09/11/2017 - Tackling Fuel Poverty
    People are being asked to give their views on a long-term strategy to tackle fuel poverty in a consultation which will run until 1 February 2018. The consultation will seek opinions on, among other things, ambitious targets for fuel poverty reduction – with a revised definition recommended by an independent, expert review
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  • 09/11/2017 - SNH resume a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland
      SNH is to resume a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland from mid - November 2017.  This will be a continuation of survey work started in summer 2017 at the request of Scottish Government to establish beaver numbers, and to support ongoing work on beavers.   The survey is founded on a repeat
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  • 08/11/2017 - Ayrshire estate supports action to address flytipping
    Landowners encourage Care for the Countryside in new campaign An Ayrshire estate is lending its support to a new campaign aimed at tackling flytipping and encouraging responsible access to Scotland’s countryside. Based near the village of Dalmellington, Craigengillan Estate has experienced problems with illegal
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  • 06/11/2017 - Small hydro providers count the cost of disproportionate proposed SEPA charges
    Small scale hydro production in Scotland faces further uncertainty over its future due to proposed new SEPA charges, businesses have warned. A new fee regime for the monitoring of hydro schemes, which has been placed for public consultation by SEPA, would see larger hydro providers have their costs reduced whilst smaller
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  • 06/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 November 2017.
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  • 06/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 October - 03 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 October - 03 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 06/11/2017 - Current consultations - 06 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 03/11/2017 - Local community land transfer in Skye
    An organisation in Skye is to become the first to acquire land under a new scheme to transfer publicly-owned forestry assets, to the benefit of local communities. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) launched the Community Asset Transfer Scheme earlier this year. Minginish Community Hall Association (MCHA) applied to purchase lan
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  • 02/11/2017 - RHI Consultation Response - Part 2
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the second part of the UK government’s consultation on the Non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive: Further Proposed Amendments. Our full response can be accessed here. We have expressed a preference for improved enforcement rather than introducing restrictions to the scheme.
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  • 02/11/2017 - More choice for communities
    People across Scotland will now have a say in how £100 million of council funds will be used in their communities. Council leaders have agreed that at least 1% of local government budgets will be subject to participatory budgeting by the end of 2021, giving communities more influence to make decisions on how funding is spent
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  • 02/11/2017 - More National Parks for Scotland? Campaign Update November 2017
      In May Finlay Carson MSP led a Parliamentary Debate at Holyrood, during which Conservative, Green and Labour MSPs all spoke in favour of more National Parks.  SCNP and APRS issued a briefing to all MSPs in advance of the debate.  In September we met Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP, seeking to persuade
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  • 02/11/2017 - Survey of Views on Agents’ Conduct – FAQ’s
    The Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, is encouraging landlords and tenants to take part in a survey of views and experiences of the conduct of agents engaged to act on their behalf in matters relating to agricultural holdings.  They have recently published FAQ’s to provide more information on the survey.  Rea
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  • 02/11/2017 - Scottish Government Farming Subsidies – Protect Yourself from the Scammers
      At this time of the year there is increased publicity about the Scottish Government Farming Subsidies and the payments made to farmers. As a consequence you may be at greater risk from on-line or telephone scams. Fraudsters are well equipped to trick you into giving up personal information or to make payments that
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  • 02/11/2017 - Private Residential Tenancy Regulations Approved
    Regulations in relation to the Private Residential Tenancy were approved by the Local Government and Communities Committee on Wednesday. The first of these regulations set out the statutory terms to be included in a Private Residential Tenancies. The second sets out that a landlord must provide a tenant with easy read notes a
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  • 01/11/2017 - Livestock Worrying Campaign
    A month-long campaign is being launched by Police Scotland today (Tuesday 1st November) to raise awareness among dog owners about the devastating effects of livestock worrying. It coincides with a rise in sheep attacks by dogs during November, a time when sheep are brought down to low lying pasture, in areas more accessib
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  • 01/11/2017 - SSE Sustainable Development Fund
    The Highland Sustainable Development Fund is currently open for applications. The fund is part of the community benefit from onshore renewable energy developments. To be eligible for funding, your project must benefit communities that lie wholly within the Highland Council area.  You don’t need to be a registered ch
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  • 30/10/2017 - MPs learn about the Scottish rural businesses ‘Helping it Happen’ during Westminster event
    Scottish Land & Estates has showcased how land-based businesses are Helping it Happen in an event at Westminster. Attended by politicians from across Scotland, the discussions highlighted how the rural sector was leading the charge in creating employment and housing, engaging with communities, embracing innovation an
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  • 30/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 30 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 30 October 2017.
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  • 30/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 23 - 27 October 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 23 - 27 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members  
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  • 30/10/2017 - Current consultations - 30 October 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates
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  • 27/10/2017 - Forthcoming Letting Agents Regulations Scotland
    RICS qualification Discussions with the Scottish Government surrounding the RICS qualification (MRICS) and competencies in relation to the forthcoming residential letting agent regulations have been finalised. The MRICS qualification will be considered to have met the qualification requirement for letting agent registration
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  • 27/10/2017 - Islands (Scotland) Bill
    The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this week took evidence at Stage 1 of the Islands (Scotland) Bill.  The Bill makes provision for a national islands plan; imposes duties in relation to island communities on certain public authorities; makes provision about the electoral representation of island communities; and e
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  • 27/10/2017 - Developer Contributions
    Following a two-year legal battle the Supreme Court has upheld a decision that the Elsick Development Company (EDC) should not have to pay £7.5m in developer contributions to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils for transport improvements.  The judgment can be found here...
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  • 27/10/2017 - Scottish Parliament endorses fracking ban
    MSPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Scottish Government’s decision not to support unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland. It means that an effective ban using devolved planning powers is now in place. The approach ensures that decisions on onshore unconventional oil and gas developments will be made a
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  • 27/10/2017 - Scottish Parliament endorses fracking ban
    MSPs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Scottish Government’s decision not to support unconventional oil and gas extraction in Scotland. It means that an effective ban using devolved planning powers is now in place. The approach ensures that decisions on onshore unconventional oil and gas developments will be made a
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  • 27/10/2017 - Argyll and Bute LDP2 Main Issues Report drop-in events
    Argyll and Bute Council has begun the Main Issues Report (MIA) stage of public consultation in preparation of its second Local Development Plan (LDP2). Members can find details of the proposals here. The MIA consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 16th October until Monday 11th December 2017. There will be a seri
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  • 27/10/2017 - £1.5M for Community Choices Fund
    Communities from Arbroath to Ullapool will share £1.5 million to increase the numbers of people involved in making decisions about investment in their local areas. A total of 33 organisations from across Scotland were successful in securing Community Choices Funding in 2017/18 to host events and find new ways to encourage pa
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  • 27/10/2017 - New private water supply regulations
    The Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 have been approved by Parliament and will apply to large supplies (those which are more than 10m³ per day or supply more than 50 persons or supplies a commercial or public activity regardless of volume) as of 27 October 2017. The regulati
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  • 26/10/2017 - Proposals for a third National Park in Argyll & Bute
    Earlier this week it was announced that Argyll & Bute Council seeks to explore the potential to lobby the Scottish Government to consider designation of a new National Park focused on the western seaboard of mainland Argyll and extending west to include the Argyll islands.   There is currently no firm proposal for a
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  • 26/10/2017 - Environmental Co-operation Fund dropped from SRDP
    It was confirmed earlier this week that the Scottish Government will not be re-introducing the ECAF (Environmental Co-operation Action Fund) scheme into the current Scotland Rural Development Programme.   The scheme was included at the time the SRDP was launched in 2016 but was withdrawn late last year over concerns
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  • 26/10/2017 - Gove expected to establish a review of the convergence decision
      According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Michael Gove is expected to set up an independent group to look again at the decision to share the “convergence uplift” funding among the four home nations. See the full article here...  
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  • 26/10/2017 - Convergence in the spotlight
    Fergus Ewing made a statement to the Scottish parliament this week continuing to press the UK government to pass on the CAP convergence money to Scottish farmers. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Scottish hill farmers are owed £160 million, which the UK Government has repeatedly failed to return to Scotland
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  • 26/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates presses the case for Scotland’s rural business in Westminster talks
    The future of Scottish land management after Brexit has been discussed in a meeting at Westminster between Scottish Land & Estates and Scottish Conservative MPs. Following on from a meeting held last month with David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates pressed the need for Westminster and Ho
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  • 26/10/2017 - New restoration projects in the Cairngorms National Park
    Following several months of intense project development, six new restoration projects are due to start at the end of October in the Cairngorms National Park. The projects will restore 532 ha in total on sites at above 500 metres. Financed by Peatland Action, five estates are involved in the projects including Invercauld, Glen
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  • 26/10/2017 - Crofting Cross Party
    Crofting Cross Party Group met on Wednesday evening. As well as the ususal updates on payments and legislative reform, SNH presented on goose management. The group discussed what actions were required as geese populations were a continuing problem. SCF also presented their vision for post Brexit support and group members rais
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  • 26/10/2017 - Beauly Beavers
    Earlier this week SNH announced work to relocate a group of beavers living on a river in the Beauly area, after being released illegally, has been suspended until early next year. Denise Reed of SNH said: “It is still our intention to trap and re-locate the remaining beavers because their presence is the result of an unlice
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  • 23/10/2017 - Surprise at delay in catching Beauly beavers
    Suspending attempts to catch an illegally released population of beavers in Beauly has surprised landowners and farmers, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. The organisation said the decision, announced by SNH today, brought concerns that the population may grow in future months and also highlighted the problems that
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  • 23/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 October 2017.
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  • 23/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 16 - 20 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 16 - 20 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members
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  • 20/10/2017 - Highland Invasive Species Network Meeting
    On Wednesday Highland Regional Manager, Drew McFarlane-Slack attended a meeting of the Highland Invasive Species Network (HISN).  The network met to consider the issues falling out of the new Highland Community Planning Partnership's new 'Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-2127 (HOIP).   The Highland Environment Network
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  • 19/10/2017 - Land managers share discussion and expertise on Scottish rural policy issues
    Policy issues key to the development of business in rural Scotland have been discussed at an event for land managers organised by Scottish Land & Estates. Jointly sponsored by Savills and Brodies, the Land Managers’ Training Day welcomed more than 60 attendees at the sold-out event at Perth Racecourse. The morn
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  • 17/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 16 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 16 October 2017.
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  • 17/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 09 - 13 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 09 - 13 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members
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  • 17/10/2017 - Current consultations - 16 October 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates’ letter to Public Petitions Committee on mountain hares
    Following a request from the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee, Scottish Land & Estates has written to the committee regarding Public Petition PE1664: Greater protection for mountain hares. The letter notes six key points following the committee's hearing on 14 September 2017. Our response is availab
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  • 13/10/2017 - Income Tax
    The Scottish Government Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has called for full control over income tax to be handed to the Scottish Parliament. He has also mooted an overhaul of the tax band system to raise extra revenues.  The Scottish Government is currently drawing up a discussion paper on the prospect of raising income tax i
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  • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Moorland Group Statement on Mountain Hares
    The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement in response to criticism of the management of mountain hare populations.   Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hares populations are often very high on managed moorland in comparison to other upland environments. On occasio
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  • 13/10/2017 - Crowd-funding campaign
    Comrie Croft has launched a crowd-funding campaign to create the 'world's most sustainable cabin'. The prototype Kranog will be an off-grid, zero-waste, zero-carbon, moveable, eco-luxury unit sleeping 5. It's being designed and built in Scotland, comes with a certified 80+ year lifespan, sits lightly on the land, and has no m
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  • 13/10/2017 - Suicide prevention in Scotland
    NHS Health Scotland, Samaritans in Scotland, Health and Social Care Academy (the ALLIANCE), and the Scottish Government want to hear views on suicide prevention in Scotland. These organisations would like to hear from those affected by suicide and those who directly engage with those affected to understand what could be done
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  • 13/10/2017 - World Mental Health Day
    A further £500,000 from the Scottish Government will go towards better support for patients experiencing mental health problems. NHS24 will use the development funding to improve the services it offers to people experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety, supporting those who need unscheduled care but do not require to co
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  • 13/10/2017 - Rise in overseas visitors to Scotland
    Overseas visitors from North America spent £732 million in the 12 months to the end of June 2017, a 48% jump compared to £495 million in the previous 12 months. There was a 38% increase in visits from North America, with more than 707,000 choosing Scotland as a destination in the same period.   Across all internati
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  • 13/10/2017 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on mountain hares
    The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement in response to criticism of the management of mountain hare populations.  Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hares populations are often very high on managed moorland in comparison to other upland environments. On occasion,
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  • 12/10/2017 - Ulva
    Scottish Ministers have given consent to The North West Mull Community Woodland Company to register its interest in purchasing the Isle of Ulva in the Inner Hebrides.  This was announced during the First Minister’s speech to the SNP Conference and the Scottish Government press release can be found here.
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  • 12/10/2017 - Scottish Limited Partnerships and Scottish Qualifying Partnerships
    To prevent money laundering, certain Partnerships are now legally required to file certain information with Companies House.  The provisions are relevant to any limited partnership which is registered in Scotland, including limited partnerships which have been set up for the purposes of an agricultural lease being granted to
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  • 12/10/2017 - Tail Docking
      A publicised move to debate at the SNP Conference, the re-introduction of a full ban on tail-docking in Scotland following the relaxation of legislation by MSPs in June, did not take place.  The motion was not called for debate.
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  • 12/10/2017 - Wild Mammals
    The Scottish Government is now consulting on protecting wild mammals in Scotland following the Bonomy Review recommendations.  The closing date is 31st January 2018 and Scottish Land & Estates will be responding.  The consultation which can be found here includes a question on vicarious liability.
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  • 12/10/2017 - HIE Housing Development Report
    Highlands and Islands Enterprise has published its report ‘Stimulating Housing Development in the Highlands and Islands’ this week. The report highlights barriers to development and presents case studies of delivery models and innovative solutions. Read more...
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  • 12/10/2017 - Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
    The Scottish Government has announced a new fund of £6 million over 2 years to support services and facilities at popular tourist sites such as Skye, North Coast 500 and site where Outlander was filmed. The new fund will support a wide range of improvement projects such as parking, camping facilities, recycling points and fo
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  • 11/10/2017 - Stage 1 report on Forestry and Land Management Bill
    The Rural Economy Committee has published its Stage 1 report following its initially scrutiny of the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill.  The full report can be read in full at here... In brief the report covers the following - Disbanding FCS – the REC Committee have not gone as far as saying this shouldn
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  • 09/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 09 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 09 October 2017.
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  • 09/10/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 02 - 06 October 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 02 - 06 October which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 09/10/2017 - Current consultations - 09 October 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 06/10/2017 - Aberdeenshire Broadband Pilot
    Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is one of 6 areas chosen to pilot new fibre broadband for offices and public sector buildings.  The Aberdeenshire pilot will receive around £10M to test innovative ways of connecting. The programme is part of the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. Read more...
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  • 06/10/2017 - Energy Efficiency Policy Conference
    Senor Policy Officer, Katy Dickson, attend Scotland Policy Conference on Energy Efficiency on Thursday. Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, set out Scottish Government’s strategy for energy efficiency. Other topics included the SEEP pilots, sustainable building design, and looking forward to future
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  • 06/10/2017 - Get involved with Working with Waders
    Working for Waders is looking for your help. People, with experience, knowledge and some time are needed to identify practical steps to reverse the decline of waders.   We have all agreed that urgent action is required to save the curlew, the lapwing, the golden plover and the other waders whose numbers are dropping.
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  • 06/10/2017 - STA report on tourism confidence published
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance has published findings from an industry wide survey on factors affecting tourism businesses in Scotland. The report highlights 63% of respondents are confident in the future confidence of their business heading towards 2020. There were considerable variations between sectors, with 81% of self-cat
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  • 06/10/2017 - Tourism Cross Party Group
    The latest Cross Part Group on Tourism was held at the Scottish Parliament this week. There was an update on the sectors response to the Barclay Review and subsequent Scottish Government announcements. Willie Macleod of the British Hospitality Association said they were pleased with a lot of the changes such as the cap, but t
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  • 06/10/2017 - Tourism chief voices Brexit negotiation concerns
    The two-year Brexit transition proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May is not long enough to ensure the Scottish tourism sector can access the skills it needs by the time the UK exits the European Union, Marc Crothall, chief executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has claimed. Read more…
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  • 06/10/2017 - Planning review working Group
    Scottish Land & Estates attended the latest planning review workshop this week where discussions centred on a technical paper outlining proposals for the Planning Bill. There is still a lack of detail surrounding much of the proposals despite there being a short time available before a Bill is due to be presented before Parli
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  • 06/10/2017 - Planning review working Group
    Scottish Land & Estates attended the latest planning review workshop this week where discussions centred on a technical paper outlining proposals for the Planning Bill. There is still a lack of detail surrounding much of the proposals despite there being a short time available before a Bill is due to be presented before Parli
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  • 06/10/2017 - Proposals to limit Renewable Heat Incentive scheme detrimental to Scottish rural business
    Rural business in Scotland could be hardest hit by proposed changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said proposals to remove support for ‘drying’ through the scheme – which would include wood fuel dryi
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  • 06/10/2017 - Landlord Registration Guidance
    The Scottish Government has provided Local Authorities with new guidance on managing Landlord Registration effectively and consistently. The guidance also includes case studies of best practice.  Scottish Land & Estates has arranged to meet with the Scottish Government regarding the recent problems that have been occurring w
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