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

Central -

North East - 

South East -

South West - 

Highlands & Islands -
 


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

 

 

 

 

 




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

  • 14/03/2018 - Wood-Use - Have We got the Balance Right?
    A South of Scotland Forest & Timber Technologies Industry Regional Event Wednesday 14th March 2018 5.15pm buffet for 6pm meeting Best Western Dryfesdale Hotel, Lockerbie, DG11 2SF   We are currently experiencing a major squeeze in round timber supplies throughout the UK, but this is particularly a
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  • 13/03/2018 - Visit to Luss Estates
    Date: 13 March 2018 Members are invited to attend a visit to Luss Estates on the 13th March.  This is a great opportunity to visit and look round the Estate’s developments.  If you would like to find out more about the estate’s developments and would like to attend please register your interest as soon
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  • 05/03/2018 - Gordon Castle Estate Visit
    Members are invited to attend a visit to the spectacular Gordon Castle Estate.  Come along and see the magnificent Walled Garden with its café, gift shop and children’s play area.  Learn about the Estates diversification into producing lifestyle products, luxury beauty and premium gin.  Finally finish off wi
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  • 27/02/2018 - Visit to Craigengillan Estate
    Members are invited to attend a visit to Craigengillan Estate on 27 February 2018 - 10am to 2.30pm. Come along and see the restoration work and hear first-hand from Mark Gibson the challenges and achievements and see a model of environmental excellence. While at Craigengillan we will visit the Scottish Dark Sky Observ
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  • 27/02/2018 - Electronic Communications Code Event
    The Electronic Communications Code Event    Time: 6pm-8pm Date: 27th February 2018, Venue: Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 3JT   Scottish Land & Estates is holding a briefing event on the new Electronic Communications Code which came into effect at the end of 2017. The Cod
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  • 23/02/2018 - Visit to Charlesfield Anaerobic Digestion Plant
    Anaerobic Digestion at Charlesfield - Tuesday 21st February 2018   SLE members from all over met on Wednesday 21 February to visit the £10 million Anaerobic Digestion plant at Charlesfield St Boswells, winner of the Iver Salvesen Green Business award at Scottish Land & Estates Helping it Happen Awa
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  • 23/02/2018 - Scottish Government Budget
      The Scottish Government has passed its tax and spending plans for the next year by a vote of 70 to 56, incorporating an additional £170m for local councils demanded by the Scottish Greens in exchange for their support. The final budget includes LBTT relief for first time buyers on properties up to £175,000. 
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  • 22/02/2018 - New for 2018 LEADER farm diversification micro grants
    Supporting Rural and Coastal Communities throughout Ayrshire NEW FOR 2018 - LEADER farm diversification micro grants   support for farmers to start up a business into non-agricultural activities in rural Ayrshire grant requests min. £1,000 max. £10,000 up to 90% of project costs capita
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  • 22/02/2018 - New for 2018 LEADER rural enterprise micro grants
    Supporting Rural and Costal Communities throughout Ayrshire NEW for 2018 - LEADER rural enterprise micro grants Support for small and medium sized businesses based in rural Ayrshire grant requests min. £1,000 max. £10,000 up to 90% of project costs capital expenditure only must meet with on
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  • 22/02/2018 - Inheritance Tax Review
    The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) has in the last few days published its scoping document for reviewing Inheritance Tax.  The scoping document says that the overall aim of the review will be to: identify opportunities and develop recommendations for simplifying IHT from both a tax technical and administrative standp
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  • 22/02/2018 - Draft Supplementary Guidance for Midlothian Green Network
    Midlothian Council has announced the publication of draft Supplementary Guidance which sets out where the Green Network can be improved and extended, particularly in areas where significant new development is planned. The council would like to hear your views and the consultation runs until Tuesday 3rd April.   T
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  • 22/02/2018 - Outdoor learning
    More than £860k to increase outdoor learning hours for nursery children. Inspiring Scotland will receive £862,550 to encourage and support greater use of outdoor learning in the early years. Actions they will take include:   Working with eight local authorities to deliver outdoor learning opportunities
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  • 22/02/2018 - Scottish Land Commission to review community right to buy mechanisms
    The Scottish Land Commission is reviewing the effectiveness of current community right to buy mechanisms. The Land Commission has issued a notice on Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) asking for contractors to submit tenders to assess the effectiveness of community right to buy mechanisms and to recommend what steps could be tak
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  • 22/02/2018 - Scottish Government backtrack on ‘Negative List’
    Despite vocal opposition from SLE and others, in 2013 the Scottish Government implemented the negative list provisions of EU legislation in order to prevent inappropriate claimants of farm support. It has now transpired that it actually affected so few people that the government has decided to remove the requirement of t
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  • 21/02/2018 - Nominations open for 2018 ‘Helping It Happen’ Rural Awards
      People across Scotland are being urged to highlight the work done by local estates and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the Helping It Happen Awards 2018 get underway.   Following a successful inaugural year in 2017, Scottish Land & Estates has declared
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  • 20/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 February 2018.
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  • 20/02/2018 - Current consultations - 19 February 2018
    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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  • 16/02/2018 - Chairman’s statement on rent reviews
    Last month I published a statement on the Scottish Land & Estates website which announced that my own family business, Annandale Estates, is in the process of conducting rent reviews across a number of our farms. http://www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6455:statement-from-david
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  • 16/02/2018 - Aberdeenshire Learning Festival
    SLE shared a "Land-based Stand" on 13th February with NFUS, LANTRA, SRUC, Ringlink, Royal Northern Countryside Initiative (RNCI) and Aberdeenshire Council at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen in order to promote job opportunities across the sector to teachers from all over North East Scotland.   There were struct
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  • 15/02/2018 - Rural Youth Project launched
    An initiative designed to research and better understand rural young people, aged 18-28, has been launched. The Rural Youth Project coincides with the 2018 Year of Young People and will combine an online survey, year-long in-depth video logs (vlogs) of 15-20 rural young people and a Rural Youth Ideas Festival.  
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  • 15/02/2018 - Rural Innovation Support Service
    A new service designed to provide farmers, foresters and crofters in Scotland with a collaborative way to explore their business ideas. The Rural Innovation Support Service is part of the Scottish Rural Network and is being led by Soil Association Scotland. One of 40 facilitators from one of the partner organisations – SAC
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  • 15/02/2018 - A96 Dualling Hardmuir to Fochabers drop-in sessions
    As part of ongoing community engagement for the scheme, design update drop-in sessions are being held in February and March 2018 in Elgin, Forres and Fochabers. The purpose of these events is to provide an update on the progress that has been made to develop the route options presented in June 2017, and to give public and oth
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  • 15/02/2018 - Cairngorms National Park Forest Strategy consultation
    The Cairngorms National Park Forest Strategy is the key document providing strategic direction on future forest management and the restoration of woodlands in the Cairngorms National Park over the next two decades. The consultation period for the strategy lasts until 23 March 2018. The strategy will replace the Cairngorms For
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  • 15/02/2018 - RHI eligibility
    The UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has published its response to the consultation on further proposed amendments to the non-domestic renewable heat incentive scheme. The Government will remove wood-fuel drying as well as drying, cleaning and processing waste as eligible heat uses for n
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  • 15/02/2018 - Cairngorm ski uplift review underway
    A major independent and comprehensive review of ski uplift facilities and infrastructure on Cairngorm Mountain is about to get underway. HIE has appointed North American firms SE group to carry out the review, which will take around eight months to complete. The review will explore how Cairngorm might adapt for success in a c
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  • 12/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 February 2018.
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  • 12/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 12/02/2018 - Current consultations - 12 February 2018
    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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  • 09/02/2018 - Fundraising & Sponsorship Paid Internship (part time, 6 months fixed term), Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, Edinburgh
      The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is seeking a graduate or someone of equivalent experience for a paid six-month internship in its fundraising and partnerships department. This is a part-time role for 3 days per week in the first instance, with regular days to be agreed with the line manager
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  • 09/02/2018 - Working for Waders - The Delivering Results-led Collaborative Action Group
    Two workshops, held earlier in 2017, (the overview report is available here) highlighted that there was wide consensus on the need to halt and, where possible, reverse declines in waders.    The Working for Waders Initiative was established to bring people together to encourage new ways of thinking and working, espe
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  • 09/02/2018 - National Access Forum
      Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates attended the 44th meeting of the National Access Forum held in the SNH offices at Battleby. The forum was provided with an update from the Core Paths and OS mapping sub group which is looking to have all core paths detailed on OS maps. The whole Core Path data set exists on the
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  • 09/02/2018 - Police Scotland Launch National Livestock Worrying Campaign
      The campaign is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, NFU Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, NSA Scotland and The Kennel Club UK, and reminds owners of the devastating effects of livestock worrying. It runs until the end of May 2018 and seeks to highlight to dog owners who live in or walk their dogs in the countr
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  • 08/02/2018 - CFU produces report
    The Consumer Futures Unit (CFU) of the Citizens Advice Scotland has published the following report: Leading by example: a principled journey through regulation. The report sets out the mechanisms that are used by 40 regulators and service providers within the regulated industries of energy, water and post to develop consumer-
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  • 08/02/2018 - RBS to keep 10 closure-threatened banks open
    The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is to keep 10 rural banks that were threatened with closure open, until the end of the year. The bank said the use of branches would be reviewed by independent research over that period.    The branches are Biggar, Beauly, Castlebay on Barra, Comrie, Douglas in South Lanarksh
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  • 08/02/2018 - Tourism growth
    The International Passenger Survey (IPS) and the domestic tourism statistics were published at the end of January – both demonstrate significant growth. Overseas visits to Scotland were up 14.6% and domestic visits were up by 10% from July to September. Key influences include increased capacity on air routes, favourable exc
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  • 08/02/2018 - Planning service research
    Following on from the May 2016 Independent Review of the Planning System, a Digital Taskforce was established to explore opportunities to develop a world leading Digital Planning Service for Scotland. As part of the work to explore digital opportunities, the Scottish Government’s Digital Planning Team are keen to hear from
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  • 08/02/2018 - Planning (Scotland) Bill
    Scottish Land & Estates has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee. The full document can be found on our website here. We have highlighted the need for a rural focus in a planning system which is currently urban centric. Our response calls for greater resources and in
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  • 08/02/2018 - Historic Environment Scotland (HES) produce new guidance note
    HES has published a new guidance note, Managing Change in the Historic Environment: Windows. This replaces the previous guidance note, originally published in 2010, and sets out the principles that should apply for anyone considering altering the windows of an historic building.   It will also help guide decision
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  • 08/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates' Annual Conference 2018
    Brexit and beyond: the future for Scottish rural businesses 29th May 2018, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh Rural Scotland stands at a crossroads. Brexit represents a pivotal moment that will have long lasting consequences for rural policy and for rural businesses and communities. There is so much that remains
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  • 07/02/2018 - Concerns over the reintroduction of non-domestic rates on shootings and deer forests
      Rural organisations have written to Scottish Government Cabinet Secretaries setting out their concerns for the sector following the reintroduction of non-domestic rates on shootings and deer forests.    Scottish Land & Estates, Confor, Scottish Countryside Alliance, NFU Scotland, BASC, ADMG, and SACS have wri
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  • 05/02/2018 - SLE joins calls for clarity over FiT
    Ten organisations have joined forces to call for the UK Government to urgently set out the future of the Feed-in Tariff. Investment in household, farm and small-scale business renewable energy installations has slowed due to concerns about the future of the scheme. The Feed-in Tariff is currently set to close in 2019.  
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  • 05/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 February 2018.
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  • 05/02/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 29 January - 02 February 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 29 January - 02 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/02/2018 - Current consultations - 05 February 2018
    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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  • 02/02/2018 - Borders National Park publish a Position Statement
      In 2016 the Campaign for a Scottish Borders National Park published an independent Feasibility Study     The independent study recognizes the proposed area is deserving of designation however the Campaign for a Scottish Borders National Park does not always agree with the study’s recommenda
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  • 02/02/2018 - Views sought on rural delivery charges
      The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee is looking for people to tell them how delivery charges in rural Scotland are affecting them. On Tuesday 27 February the Committee will hold a one off session questioning major online retailers, delivery companies and organisations that have looked into delivery charg
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  • 01/02/2018 - Mountain hare survey launched
    SLE has joined forces with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Scottish Gamekeepers Association in a survey to find out about changes in abundance of mountain hares over the last ten years.  This is especially important to monitor declines on the edges of their historical  range outwith grouse shooting
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  • 01/02/2018 - Ratepayers Forum
    The bi-annual Scottish Ratepayers Forum was held on Monday. This forum provides engagement between the Scottish Assessors, Scottish Government and representatives from various organisations representing ratepayers. Two topics of note were as follows. The Plant and Machinery Review which was recommended by the Barclay Review a
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  • 01/02/2018 - Letting Agent Code of Practice in force
    A new statutory Code of Practice is now in force for those defined in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 as undertaking letting agency work. The definition may take in SLE members if they are managing properties across several legal entities.    Read more...
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  • 01/02/2018 - Atlantic Woodland Alliance Meeting
    A range of government, charity and community interests have come together to form the Atlantic Woodland Alliance with the aim to see Scotland’s rainforest thriving once again.  While rainforest restoration has been underway in Scotland for some years it has generally been at a small scale, for the short term and with p
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  • 01/02/2018 - CAAV Telecoms Briefing
    On Monday we attended the CAAV’s briefing event on the new Electronic Communications Code. The event was sold out and there was a high of engagement from attendees looking to gain insight into how the new Code will affect telecoms agreements. SLE is holding a similar event with Strutt & Parker and Brodies at the end of
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  • 01/02/2018 - Perth & Kinross Funding for Business Property Development
    A pot of funding from Perth & Kinross Council is currently available for applications from rural business looking for up to £5,000 investment in development of property which will result in economic growth and employment. The fund is only open until the end of March so please do not delay in applying.  Read more
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  • 01/02/2018 - Historic Environment Scotland Guidance Notes – Managing Change in the Historic Environment
    Historic Environment Scotland has published online a new guidance note which sets out the principles that should apply for anyone considering altering the windows of an historic building.  This replaces the previous guidance note, originally published in 2010.  It will also help guide decision makers in assessing ch
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  • 29/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 29 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 29 January 2018.
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  • 29/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 22 - 26 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 22 - 26 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 29/01/2018 - Current consultations - 29 January 2018
    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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  • 26/01/2018 - Scottish Beaver Forum Meeting
      The Scottish Beaver Forum set up in May 2017 met earlier this week to further progress work on the development of a management framework which is being established for the species.    Discussions opened with a brief summary on what processes need to be completed prior to beavers receiving European Protected S
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  • 26/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates evidence to the ECCLR Committee
      This week saw the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee hold an evidence session on the environmental implications for Scotland of the United Kingdom leaving the European .   Andrew Midgley, Policy & Research Manager, gave evidence for Scottish Land & Estates on a panel with representatives fro
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  • 26/01/2018 - Scottish Government report - Testing of The Rent Review System
    For agricultural holdings, the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 requires the assessing of a fair, sustainable rent for both landlord and tenant. This Report has researched ways of achieving this in ways that minimise the need for cases to progress to the Land Court. It includes Recommendations on how this can be achieved. Key
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  • 25/01/2018 - Low carbon infrastructure support
    A £60m fund for low carbon innovation is now open. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will fund large scale projects which support the ambitions of Scotland’s Energy Strategy.   Projects which deliver low carbon heati
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  • 25/01/2018 - Private water supply update
    The Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017, which came into effect on 27 October 2017, will now include any domestic rented property as a commercial activity and will therefore mean such properties are no longer exempt from the regulations.    Each supply for dome
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  • 25/01/2018 - Greening Guidance Update
    Due to an EU regulation update, that was published on 13 December, the Scottish Government has been required to update the Greening guidance booklet to reflect the compulsory changes.   These are as follows:   • the limit of 30 hectares of arable land is no longer applicable for the exemption from
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  • 25/01/2018 - BPS Loan Scheme Reminder
    Announcing that the 2017 BPS loan scheme is to close on 9th February, Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:   “My priority is and will continue to be to protect and grow the rural economy. That is why, in September I announced a loan scheme for Basic Payments 2017, and I am pleased that more than 13,000 fa
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  • 25/01/2018 - Aberdeenshire Planning Event
    Aberdeenshire Council is holding a meeting for those interested in rural development to help inform the 2021 Local Development Plan.     As part of the stakeholder engagement, a meeting will be held on 22 February 2018, 10am – 1pm, at Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen AB16 5GB. Some of the issue
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  • 24/01/2018 - Greater transparency on UK frameworks needed
    Much greater clarity about post-Brexit UK-wide agricultural frameworks is urgently needed, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, took part in an evidence session of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee at the Scottish Parliament yes
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  • 24/01/2018 - Statement from David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates
    David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, has issued the following statement. He said: “Apart from my role as chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, I am also the owner of Annandale Estates, our family business. “The estate runs a substantial farming business of which tenanted farms are a very important
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  • 22/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 January 2018.
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  • 22/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 22/01/2018 - Current consultations - 22 January 2018
    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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  • 18/01/2018 - Consultation on tackling social isolation and loneliness
      A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections consultation was launched by the Scottish Government this week. Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives, and the problem can become particularly acute in
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  • 18/01/2018 - Avian Influenza restrictions affect England
      Defra has confirmed Avian Influenza in wild birds found dead in Warwickshire. This follows confirmation of H5N6 in wild birds in Dorset last week.    In response to the latest findings Defra have declared an Avian Influenza prevention zone covering all of England, which replaces the localised zone on the sout
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  • 18/01/2018 - Agri-Environmental Climate Change scheme is now open
    The next round of applications for the Agri-Environmental Climate Change scheme is now open.   The scheme supports environmentally friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland’s natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.   The scheme which is jointly fund
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  • 18/01/2018 - Parliament Committee Scrutiny of Non-Domestic Rates Reform
    The Local Government and Communities Committee took evidence from Derek Mackay this week. They probed the Scottish Government’s response to the Barclay Review recommendations to reform the non-domestic rates system. It was revealed there is still uncertainty amount how much will be raised from the reintroduction of rates on
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  • 18/01/2018 - Crofting Cross Party
    SLE attended the crofting cross party meeting at Parliament this week. The main agenda item was the closure of small abattoirs. The group was given a presentation by Bob Kennard who has conducted research for the Sustainable Food Trust on the issues and potential solutions. Sporting rates concerns were also discussed, as well
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  • 18/01/2018 - Recharging Rural
    The Prince’s Countryside Fund has appointed Professor Sarah Skerratt from SRUC to conduct research into what can make UK rural communities sustainable. The report will be published in July. There will be a call for evidence out shortly and those interested can find more information and can sign up for here...
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  • 15/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15 January 2018.
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  • 15/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 08 - 12 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 08 - 12 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 15/01/2018 - Current consultations - 15 January 2018
    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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  • 12/01/2018 - UK Government launches 25 year Environment Plan
      Theresa May launched the long awaited UK Government 25 Year Environment Plan yesterday.  The Plan takes a Natural Capital approach and seeks within a generation to reverse long-term environmental decline.    Some aspects of the Plan are relevant UK wide and some to England only.   The first two chapter on
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  • 11/01/2018 - Moray LDP Main Issues Report
    Moray Council is reviewing the Moray Local Development Plan 2015 and has prepared a Local Development Plan 2020 Main Issues Report (MIR) together with associated documents including a Monitoring Report and a Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Environment Report.   Copies of the documents are available for viewi
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  • 11/01/2018 - Visit to the MacRobert Trust Estate and Douneside House
    Members can visit the MacRobert Trust Estate and Douneside House  on 26 March 2018.     At the heart of The MacRobert Trust 7,200 acre estate in Aberdeenshire is Douneside House. In June 2016, Douneside was reopened following an extensive renovation project.   Douneside House was highly commended in Scottish La
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  • 10/01/2018 - Housing Update Event
    Venue: Scottish Land & Estates, Stuart House, Eskmills, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB Date & Time: Wednesday 24th January, 5.30pm – 7pm We are delighted to invite members to a Housing Briefing at HQ in Musselburgh on the evening of 24th January. The event will cover topics such as the new residential tenancy, future minimum
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  • 08/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 08 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 08 January 2018.
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  • 08/01/2018 - Current consultations - 08 January 2018
    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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  • 04/01/2018 - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL CORE PATHS PLAN (CAITHNESS AND SUTHERLAND) AMENDED
    The Highland Council has reviewed its core paths plan as permitted by Section 20(1) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, as amended.  Following this review The Highland Council is proposing a number of amendments to the core paths plan for the areas of Caithness and Sutherland.  The amendments proposed have been publishe
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  • 04/01/2018 - Beavers in Scotland – SNH publication
    A paper has been published in the scientific journal ‘Mammal Review’ about the Scottish experience surrounding beaver reintroduction, written by Martin Gaywood, SNH. This is a 10,000 word ‘review paper’ which looks at work undertaken over 21 years in Scotland up to the SNH ’Beavers in Scotland’ report in 2015 (plu
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  • 04/01/2018 - Community land ownership
    The Official Statistics publication ‘Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland 2017’ was published recently. It highlighted that as at June 2017 there were 562,230 acres in community ownership, which is 2.9% of the total land area of Scotland. The document also includes breakdowns of community owned land by local
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  • 04/01/2018 - Trees for Life – Beaver Meetings
    Trees for Life are holding two meetings in January to update people on the latest with the Strathglass beavers situation, report back on the conversations had at previous meetings in the autumn and set out the next steps.  Whether you’re in favour of beavers in the wild, against the idea entirely or somewhere in between, T
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  • 04/01/2018 - Further detail on future rural support to be welcomed
    Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed new detail on post-Brexit rural support – and has urged the UK and Scottish Governments to work together to deliver further progress in future months.   The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said the speech by Environment Secretary Michael Gov
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  • 03/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 January 2018.
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  • 03/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 18 - 22 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 18 - 22 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 03/01/2018 - Current consultations - 03 January 2018
    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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  • 21/12/2017 - Leadership required from Government to achieve a new vision for Scottish farming
      Government will need to take the lead on tough decisions to truly transform the viability of Scottish farming over future decades, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. The organisation’s comments were made as part of their response to the interim discussion document from the Scottish Government’s Agriculture
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  • 21/12/2017 - Ministerial Statement of 100% Broadband
    On Tuesday, Fergus Ewing reiterated the Scottish Government’s commitment for every premises to be able to access superfast broadband by 2021. This statement was linked to the draft budget announcement. The first phase will be aimed at the most rural areas where commercial rollout will not reach. Fibre will be the primary de
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  • 21/12/2017 - Electronic Communications Code comes into force
    The new Electronic Communications Code setting out rights and obligations regarding the deployment and maintenance of mobile phone masts and other telecoms infrastructure will come into force on 28 December. The new Code only applies to agreements entered into following the commencement date. Ofcom has published a finalised
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  • 21/12/2017 - Non-Domestic Rates Implementation Plan in Response to Barclay Review
    Scottish Government has published an implementation plan for changes to the non-domestic rates system in response to the 30 recommendations in the Barclay Review, the majority of which have been accepted.  Read more...
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  • 21/12/2017 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Draft budget scrutiny
    Earlier this week, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee took evidence from Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on Scottish Government’s draft budget 2018-19. Discussions covered climate change, Brexit, fuel poverty, Scottish land fund, peatlands and the Scottish Land Commissions. Read more...
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  • 21/12/2017 - Rural Economy Committee Questions Mr Ewing on Sporting Rates
    Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing faced the Rural Economy Committee as they scrutinised the draft budget on Wednesday. Mr Ewing was questioned on how the introduction of rates on shootings and deer forests has been considered in the budget, particularly in relation to Forestry Enterprise Scotland. Mr Ewing stated that he believe
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  • 21/12/2017 - Draft legislation workshop on Community Right to Buy: Abandoned, neglected or detrimental land
        Community Right to Buy: Abandoned, neglected or detrimental land Workshop to discuss Draft Legislation   When: Monday 29th January 2018       Time: 10.30 – 13.00 Where: Cairngorm Hotel, Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1PE   Secondary legislation proposals relating to Part 3A of the Lan
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  • 20/12/2017 - LFASS payments will not reduce for 2018
    The Scottish Government has been able to confirm this week that LFASS payments in Scotland will not be reduce next year.  The government had been ready to reduce the payments by 20% in order to satisfy requirements at EU level,  but following recent approval of the EU Omnibus Regulation the change can be delayed until 2019.
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