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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  • 26/10/2017 - Soil, Muck and Money: Targeting resources for maximum return
    Thursday 26 Ocotober, Oban Friday 27th October, Isle of Bute Tuesday 21st November, Balloch Wednesday 22 November, Falkland     A practical day looking at soil management and how to best utilise inputs for increased profitability, to produce optimum yields and return on investment. Come along and get
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  • 18/10/2017 - Land Managers Training Day
    Venue: Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB   Time:   9.30am to 3.30pm   Scottish Land & Estates is delighted to invite you to our Land Managers’ Training Day being held on Wednesday 18th October at Perth Racecourse. This is a vital event for those actively involved in Scottish land management to get a full
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  • 12/10/2017 - Central Regional Reception - 12 October 2017
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boa
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  • 10/10/2017 - Grampian Biomass Working Group
    The next meeting of the Grampian Biomass Working Group is scheduled for Tuesday 10th October at East Coast Viners (see link for directions = http://www.ecvanimalnutrition.co.uk/contact/ )   As usual refreshments will be available from 10:00am with meeting start at 10:30am.   A buffet lunch will be available
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  • 05/10/2017 - South East Regional Reception
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boar
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  • 05/10/2017 - Woodland Creation and Rural Business Diversification: ½ day walk and talk event (Free to attend)
    Ardoch Farm, Eaglesham, G76 0PL, Thursday 5th October, 12:30 – 16:30 (Lunch provided) With concern about falling incomes in traditional agriculture and uncertainty over future subsidies, landowners are increasingly looking for ways to maximise productivity of their land and diversify incomes. Integrating forestry with f
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  • 03/10/2017 - Highland Regional Reception - 3 October 2017
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boa
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  • 03/10/2017 - Woodland: Making it Work for You. Management, Creation and Funding
    Tuesday 3rd October, Boat of Garten, 1.30-4.30pm A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management, creation and funding opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, how to manage existing woodland and support available. Come along to hear and discuss what trees can do for your bus
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  • 25/09/2017 - North East Regional Reception - 25 September 2017
    You are cordially invited to attend a special, informal North East Members meeting, kindly hosted by Andrew Bradford at Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O’neil, Aboyne, AB34 5AE on Monday 25 September at 2pm. The reason for this meeting is to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping mem
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  • 21/09/2017 - Making woodlands pay in South West Scotland
    Location: Drumlanrig Mains, Queensberry Estate, Thornhill DG3 4AG Meeting courtesy of Queensberry Estate Date: Thursday 21st September 2017 Time: 10:00hrs to 15:30hrs Tea/coffee available on arrival 09:45hrs -10:00hrs Meet at Drumlanrig Castle car park Delegate numbers are limited so please cont
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  • 19/09/2017 - Economic support for South Scotland
    Economy Secretary Keith Brown confirmed an interim partnership, bringing together organisations to support economic growth in the South of Scotland, will be in place by the end of 2017. The South of Scotland Economic Partnership will involve public and private sector partners and will prepare the ground for the establishment
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  • 19/09/2017 - Keep Scotland Beautiful – Round Table Discussion
      Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates attended a Round Table discussion with Keep Scotland Beautiful and other organisations (including NHS Scotland and Police Scotland) to discuss the continued decline in local environmental quality in communities across Scotland. Keep Scotland Beautiful provided an update on its
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  • 19/09/2017 - Fire and Smoke Alarm Consultation
    The Scottish Government is consulting on fire and smoke detection in Scottish homes until 1st December. Much of the consultation addresses whether the high standard currently demanded of the Private Rented Sector should be applied to social housing and owner occupied housing. Part four, however, considers if changes are neede
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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 September 2017.
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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 11 - 15 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 11 - 15 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 18/09/2017 - Current consultations - 18 September 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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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Regional Receptions
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. This is your opportunity to meet other members, staff, Boa
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  • 15/09/2017 - New Scottish MEP
    Baroness Nosheena Mobarik has become the new Scottish Conservative MEP.  She is taking a leave of absence from the House of Lords and has assumed the position with immediate effect.  It follows the resignation of Lord Duncan who left the European Parliament to join the Scotland Office following the general election.  
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  • 15/09/2017 - Conservation of Salmon - Assessment for the 2018 fishing season
    Scottish Ministers propose to continue to regulate the killing of salmon in Scotland, including a prohibition on retaining any salmon caught in coastal waters, by means of conservation regulations made under section 38 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.   In accordance with regula
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  • 15/09/2017 - Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
    Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, gave evidence to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this week on the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. See evidence session here...
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  • 15/09/2017 - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
    The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, gave evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee earlier this week on the work of DEFRA. They covered topics such as a post-brexit trading deal, and the process of transferring EU law into domestic law and introducing new
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  • 15/09/2017 - Women in Agriculture
    The first meeting of the Scottish Government’s new Women in Agriculture Taskforce was held earlier this week, which has been set up to ensure women are better represented in farming. Scottish Land & Estates Executive Director Sarah-Jane Laing is a member of the group. More details...  
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  • 15/09/2017 - Mountain Hare petition
    The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee took evidence this week on a petition calling for greater protection for mountain hares, specifically calling for a moratorium on mountain hare killing. The Committee agreed to seek more evidence on the issue, and has requested evidence from Scottish Land & Estates, among
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  • 15/09/2017 - Scotland’s Food and Drink Strategy, Ambition 2030
    The Scottish Parliament held a debate this week to discuss Ambition 2030 – the Scottish Government’s growth strategy for farming, fishing, food and drink. You can read the transcript of the debate here...
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  • 15/09/2017 - Scottish Borders Council LDP 2 drop-in sessions & workshops
      The Scottish Borders Council is beginning the process of preparing the next Local Development Plan, the first stage of which is to prepare the Main Issues Report. The Council is holding a series of drop-in sessions and workshops across the local authority area to engage with the community.   Details of dates
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  • 15/09/2017 - RHI Consultation
    The UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on further proposed amendments to the non-domestic renewable heat incentive. Responses to the proposals in chapter 2 of the consultation are requested by 3 October 2017. All other responses are requested by 31 October 2017. If you have any q
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  • 15/09/2017 - LRRS consultation analysis published
    Analysis of responses to the Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (LRRS) consultation to which Scottish Land & Estates responded has now been published and can be found here. In our response to the original consultation, Scottish Land & Estates agreed with the principle of the LRRS and sought to ensure that its applicat
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  • 15/09/2017 - Housing
    The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016 commencement regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament.  The new tenancy regime which introduces the ‘Private Rented Tenancy’ begins on 1 December 2017.
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  • 15/09/2017 - Small Landholdings
    The Rural  Economy and Connectivity Committee of the Scottish Parliament this week considered the recent review of the legislation governing smallholdings in Scotland which the Scottish Government was required to carry out in terms of  Part 11 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.  The Cabinet Secretary confirmed that as
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  • 15/09/2017 - Association of Cairngorms Communities
    The latest meeting of the Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC) was held this week. Topics discussed included the CNPA Forestry Strategy, the Main Issues Report for the Local Development Plan (due for consultation at the end of October beginning of November), and Cairngorms Nature Big Weekend. Scottish Land & Estates a
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  • 15/09/2017 - Rise in visitor numbers to historic sites
    Caerlaverock Castle, Cardoness Castle and New Abbey Corn Mill are among sites of historic interest in Dumfries and Galloway that have seen an overall rise in visitor numbers of 41% between April and July 2017. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) look after 37 properties in the region, eight of which are staffed sites, and hav
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  • 15/09/2017 - Building and fire safety
    The fifth meeting of a Ministerial Working Group, set up to review building and fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, has taken place. Communities Secretary Angela Constance and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart received updates from Scottish Government officials and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.   M
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  • 15/09/2017 - Designing Communities
    Communities across Scotland can bid to take part in a new £325,000 scheme to regenerate their neighbourhood, Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart has announced. The Making Places Initiative will help bring communities together to agree improvements for their area based on local need priorities.   The expanded sch
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  • 14/09/2017 - The Government's Programme for Scotland 2017/18 - Briefing
    The Scottish Government’s Programme for Scotland 2017/18 was published on Tuesday 5th September, with plans to introduce up to 16 new bills during the 2017-18 session of the Scottish Parliament. A short summary of key points for Scottish Land & Estates members can be found here...
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  • 14/09/2017 - Survey on housing on tenanted farms
      The Scottish Government is currently carrying out research into the condition of houses on tenanted farms. We have issued surveys to members on behalf of the government which we would encourage members to complete and  return. If you are an agricultural landlord and have not received a survey please call the Scottish
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  • 14/09/2017 - Help shape the future of forestry
      Devolution, pests & pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change, societal attitudes... just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands, those who care for them, and those who rely on their products and services.  Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part
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  • 14/09/2017 - Business Rates
    Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced the Scottish Government is to go ahead with the majority of changes to business rates recommended by the Barclay Review into the levy. As part of the business growth accelerator scheme, firms will be exempt from rates increases for 12 months after they improve or expand their premi
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  • 14/09/2017 - Scottish Affairs Committee membership agreed
      The Scottish Affairs Committee membership for the 2017 Parliament has been agreed. The Committee is chaired by Pete Wishart MP, and is comprised of 3 SNP MPs, 4 Conservative MPs, 3 Labour MPs and 1 Liberal Democrat MP.   Read more...
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  • 14/09/2017 - Voluntary Land Registration
    Registers of Scotland has indicated that average turnaround time for Voluntary Land Registrations for “complex” transactions is currently 14 months.   This will encompass the majority of rural registrations.  It is anticipated that this will be reduced next year with digital transformation changes.
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  • 14/09/2017 - EU Withdrawal Bill: Scottish Government says devolution must be defended
    The Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Michael Russell, has told MSPs that the Scottish Government cannot recommend the Scottish Parliament give its consent to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill in its current form. In a statement at Holyrood, Mr Russell set out the Government’s opposition to the Bill’s
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  • 14/09/2017 - Scottish Government consulting on changes to TB compensation arrangements
    The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on proposed changes to TB compensation arrangements.  Details can be found here... The Scottish Government have launched a public consultation on bovine TB, asking for views on specific proposals to introduce changes to the requirements for post movement testing and the
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  • 14/09/2017 - Scottish Rural Payments schedule of key dates
    The Scottish Government has published a schedule of key dates aimed at rural customers, particularly farming businesses and their agents. This table is published on a discretionary basis by Scottish Ministers in connection with their obligations to deliver the Common Agricultural Policy through the Scottish Paying Agency. F
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  • 14/09/2017 - CAP Payment Stabilisation Plan announced
    This week in Parliament the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, announced a  CAP Stabilisation Plan which sets out actions to get the CAP IT system paying in full and on-time, and also to provide in advance key payment dates for the next year. Read more...
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  • 13/09/2017 - Long-term loss of forestry knowledge remains concern of rural businesses
    Land managers remain worried about a future loss of forestry expertise despite government assurances to the contrary, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, responded to today’s parliamentary evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
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  • 13/09/2017 - Estates and farms ask for the public’s help in tackling flytipping
    Farms and rural estates are giving their backing to a new campaign aimed at tackling flytipping and littering in rural Scotland. Care for the Countryside, an initiative launched by Scottish Land & Estates, is focusing on the scourge of rubbish dumping, a problem which is estimated to cost more than £50million per an
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  • 11/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 11 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 11 September 2017.
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  • 11/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 04 - 08 September 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 04 - 08 September which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 08/09/2017 - Brexit: urgent action needed by UK and Scottish governments to get best outcome for agriculture
    Scottish Land & Estates today called for urgent action by both the Scottish and UK Governments to avoid undermining the interests of Scottish agriculture and rural areas. Scottish Land & Estates has raised the issue in a meeting this week with David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland. The House of Commons is cur
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  • 07/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 28-31 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 28-31 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 07/09/2017 - Tree Health – Xylella fastidiosa update
      The Plant Health division of Scottish Government has issued information on the spread of a bacterium which causes disease in a wide range of commercial woody plants.  The disease is not yet present in the UK but recent developments in Europe is concerning.   Xylella has so far not been found in the UK, howev
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  • 07/09/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 4th September
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 4th September 2017.
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  • 06/09/2017 - Forestry Commission Expertise Should Not Be Lost Under New Goverance Structures
    The recognised expertise of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) must not be lost under new forestry governance structures, Scottish Land & Estates has said today.   Appearing at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment) Anne Gray p
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  • 06/09/2017 - Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime
    Earlier this week the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime group met in Perth. The group were provided with an encouraging update on work being undertaken to tackle rural crime issues across Scotland.   Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) provided an update on the problems it is currently experiencing with peop
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  • 06/09/2017 - Beavers in Scotland an Update – SNH Newsletter
    Following the ministerial announcement that Beavers are to remain in Scotland and will receive European Protected Species status, Scottish Natural Heritage has produced a newsletter to keep stakeholders updated on recent work. The newsletter will predominately focus on the Scottish Beaver population on Tayside. The first news
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  • 06/09/2017 - Aberdeenshire Broadband Pilot
    Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is one of the 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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  • 06/09/2017 - Code of Practice – Limited Partnerships
    The Tenant Farming Commissioner, Dr Bob McIntosh, has released a Code of Practice on Limited Partnerships.  The Code sets out the process to be followed by landlords and tenants where a limited partnership is approaching its dissolution date or when either party feels that the arrangement should be reviewed. The Code of Prac
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  • 06/09/2017 - Aberdeenshire Company Shortlisted for Prestigious Investors in People Awards 2017
    Aberdeenshire based business Ballogie Estate Enterprises has been named as a leader in people management practice globally, having been shortlisted in the Excellence in Social Responsibility in the annual Investors in People Awards. The Awards celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors in People accr
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  • 06/09/2017 - Landlord Registration
      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 occu
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  • 06/09/2017 - Forestry Commission expertise should not be lost under new governance structures
    The recognised expertise of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) must not be lost under new forestry governance structures, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. Appearing at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment) Anne Gray provided
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  • 05/09/2017 - Programme for government announced
    First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has delivered the Programme for Government. A Nation With Ambition: The Government's Programme for Scotland 2017-18 and an Executive Summary have been published. A copy of her speech is also available.
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  • 01/09/2017 - Statement on hen harrier, Calluna
    Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding a Hen Harrier which is reported to have gone missing in north Deeside. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said:“Scottish Land & Estates members who manage land in north Deeside wholeheartedly join this appeal for information. “
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  • 31/08/2017 - Lyme Disease
    The Gift of Grouse campaign highlighted the work conducted by grouse moor managers to combat the spread of tick by a combination of measures including aerial spraying of bracken and the use of sheep as ‘tick mops’ without harm to the sheep. This work benefits grouse chicks and all ground nesting birds, and other wildlife
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  • 31/08/2017 - SRDP budgets for 2018 announced in Parliament
    Answering a Parliamentary Question earlier this week, Fergus Ewing set out the indicative budgets for schemes within the Scotland Rural Development Programme for 2018.   The announcement shows an expected drop in the LFASS budget which is a result of the Scottish Government’s decision not to replace LFASS with the
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  • 31/08/2017 - Consultation on Crofting Legislation Reform
    The Scottish Government is consulting on the reform of crofting legislation. Scottish Land & Estates will be submitting a response and encourages anyone with a crofting interest to share your views. The Scottish Government will be holding a number of events to discuss the consultation which we encourage members to attend. The
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  • 31/08/2017 - Greening rule changes for 2018
    The Scottish Government has published updates to its guidance on the greening requirement for the Basic Payment Scheme.  The detailed changes can be found here...   In particular the changes include:- hedges will be a separate EFA option - EFA hedges agro-forestry established since 2015 under FGS (Pill
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  • 28/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 28 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 28 August 2017.
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  • 28/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 21 - 25 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 21 - 25 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 25/08/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner starts work on the review of the conduct of agents
    Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, has begun work on the review of agents. The review will look at the views and experiences of tenant farmers and landlords with regard to the conduct of professionals engaged by either party to act on their behalf in matters relating to agricultural holdings. http://lan
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  • 25/08/2017 - Mental health first aid
    Scottish Land and Estates is part of the recently set up National Rural Mental Health Forum, which consists of organisations with expertise in mental health and organisations which have a good outreach into all parts of rural Scotland. The Forum is supported by the Scottish Government and is using its network to influence Gov
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  • 25/08/2017 - Reappointments to Scottish Agricultural Wages Board
      The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, today announced the reappointment of John Menzies as Chair of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.  Mr Ewing also announced the reappointment of Afshan Rathore as an Independent Member of the Board.   Reappointments John M
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  • 25/08/2017 - Rural Energy Challenge Fund
    Rural enterprises invited to bid for new innovative energy fund   We are inviting rural enterprises to bid into a new innovative energy fund.  The Rural Energy Challenge Fund has been launched to help rural enterprises develop their own innovative sustainable energy schemes. The funding is available through the Scot
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  • 25/08/2017 - First section of A9 dualling programme to fully open
    The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown, announced that the first section of the A9 dualling programme between Kincraig and Dalraddy is set to open in the coming days. The construction related traffic restrictions on the Kincraig to Dalraddy section will be removed once a range of finishing works, w
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  • 25/08/2017 - New CPO guidance
    The Scottish Government is undertaking a review of current compulsory purchase guidance with a view to producing a new suite of guidance for both acquiring authorities and landowners. The guidance for landowners will be in three parts, namely; pre, during and post CPO and will be drafted by the end of September.   Th
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  • 23/08/2017 - Changes to SEPA’s charging regime
    Until early November, SEPA are consulting on proposals to amend charges from 2018 onwards. This affects permit application and annual subsistence charges paid to SEPA to support our regulatory activities.  In April 2016 SEPA introduced the Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme. This scheme replaced five exi
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  • 21/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 21 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 21 August 2017.
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  • 21/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 14 - 18 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 14 - 18 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 21/08/2017 - Current consultations - 21 August 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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  • 18/08/2017 - European (Withdrawal) Bill briefing
      Scottish Land & Estates has developed a short briefing note to provide an overview of what is covered in the European (Withdrawal) Bill.  
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  • 18/08/2017 - New fire safety guidance
    New fire safety guidance has been published this week following the Scottish Government consultation on Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises. The guidance has been developed for dutyholders to help meet their requirements under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and covers existing non-residential p
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  • 18/08/2017 - Scottish Wildcat Action response to "pure wildcat" in Aberdeenshire claim from Wildcat Haven
    A recent press release from Wildcat Haven is misleading. Scottish Wildcat Action (SWA) has already been working with the local community in its Strathbogie ‘Priority Area’ for over two years. Therefore this latest claim (re the first "pure," wildcat captured on film) is certainly not news to SWA, our team of professional,
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  • 18/08/2017 - Association Deer Management – Executive and Regional Meeting
    Earlier this week the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) held its Executive and Regional Meeting at Glenfinnan House Hotel. The meeting was well attended by Deer Management Group Chairs and Secretaries. Richard Cooke gave an update on the concluded Parliamentary deer sector review and the priorities for Deer Man
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  • 18/08/2017 - Scotland's largest solar farm gets green light
    Moray Council has granted Elgin Energy planning permission for a 20MW project on Innes Estate near Urquhart, which could see about 80,000 solar panels installed. Permission for the solar farm is valid for 30 years, after which the developer will have one year to decommission the works and restore the site to a condition agree
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  • 17/08/2017 - Euro Dark Sky Conference to be out of this world
    Preparations for Europe’s first ever Dark Sky Places conference in the heart of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere are well underway, with top speakers booked to promote the preservation of dark skies across the world. The conference, being held 20th to 22nd September this year, will tackle issues of light poll
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  • 17/08/2017 - National Park Grant Scheme now open
    The National Park Grant for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park which is designed to support projects that offer multiple benefits to the Park’s natural heritage, built heritage and communities is now open. Money is available to projects that; aim to repair and restore pre-1919 traditional buildings; conserve, e
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  • 17/08/2017 - Taking action on climate change
    Organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to host events and raise awareness of the impact of climate change as part of Climate Week 2017. Running from 18-22 September, Scotland’s Climate Week will highlight the actions people and organisations can take together to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
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  • 17/08/2017 - CARES Rural Energy Challenge Fund
    The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), announced a new £500k fund designed to help farmers, land managers and SMEs in rural communities develop proposals for sustainable energy schemes. The new fund aims to support proposals focusing on low carbon, renewables and whole system projects incl
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  • 17/08/2017 - Scottish Beaver Forum
    The Scottish Beaver Forum met earlier this week to progress the development of draft licensing guidance for managing beaver impacts in Scotland. It is anticipated a complete draft version of the guidance will be ready by mid-September, at which point Scottish Land & Estates will start engagement with members to discuss the fr
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  • 17/08/2017 - Post-Brexit trade agreements for agriculture analysis published
    The full report can be found here...  The report looks at three scenarios - •Bespoke Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU; •World Trade Organisation (WTO) default Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariffs; and •Unilateral Trade Liberalisation. These scenarios are compared against a Baseline in which the UK i
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  • 17/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates raise concerns over forestry proposals
    Scottish Land & Estates this week submitted written evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (S) Bill, which proposes major changes to the forestry authority in Scotland and introduces a new element to compulsory purchase of land  In our submission – which can be found in full here... we raise a number of concerns
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  • 14/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 14 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 14 August 2017.
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  • 14/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 07 - 11 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 07 - 11 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 11/08/2017 - Agricultural expert warns Scotland's waterways could become polluted if farmers let silage storage standards slip
    An agricultural expert is warning that highly-toxic run-off from farms could leak into and pollute Scotland’s waterways this summer if farmers aren’t vigilant.  With first cut silage hopefully already in the clamp, farmers are being urged by William Barne, of leading farm insurance broker Lycetts, to check their clam
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  • 10/08/2017 - Funding for SEEP phase 2 pilots
    Councils are to share £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects. 15 local authorities will use the funding to deliver innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse was at Saughton Park
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  • 10/08/2017 - BT broadband offer ‘risks extending rural monopoly’
    The Scottish Government has raised concerns over BT’s offer to deliver universal high-speed broadband to all areas of the UK, as an alternative to regulation. Ministers have promised to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) that ensures everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds o
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  • 10/08/2017 - MSP Visits Dormont
    The Conservative spokesperson for housing visited Dormont Estate in Dumfriesshire this week to discuss energy efficiency in privately rented housing. Graham Simpson MSP was shown three houses on the estate. The first was a traditional farmhouse which the estate has decided to sell due to the cost and difficulty in bringing it
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  • 10/08/2017 - Zero Waste Scotland – Litter Prevention Action Plans
    Earlier this week we met with Project Manager Jamie Fry of Zero Waste Scotland to discuss next steps in promoting the Care for the Countryside campaign and to discuss a new piece of work Zero Waste Scotland is currently undertaking on the development of Litter Prevention Action Plans. Zero Waste Scotland is currently work
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  • 10/08/2017 - 4G Infill Consultation
    The Scottish Government, in collaboration with Scottish Futures Trust, is examining where 4G is planned to be rolled out commercially and where the gaps will be. A consultation has been published which identifies potential target areas which lack 4G coverage and asks mobile infrastructure providers if they are planning invest
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  • 10/08/2017 - National Access Forum – Mountain Biking Sub Group
    Following the joint presentation by Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland on a paper looking at the construction of wild mountain bike trails, built without landowner permission or consent the National Access Forum agreed to establish a sub-group. The group which consists of representatives from Scottis
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  • 07/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 August 2017.
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