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

Central - Rachael Wright

North East - Eilidh Mackechnie

South East - Rachael Wright

South West - (No regional manager at present time)

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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Eilidh Mackechnie, North East Regional Manager

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Rachael Wright, South East 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

  • 10/06/2017 - How to measure & value your own wood
    A practical field day Sponsored by Tayforth Machinery Ring Saturday 10th June 2017 10.30 meet at Old Leckie Book your place Early admin@rsfs.org  Tel: 0131 634 0043   Free to members of Tayforth, RSFS, NFUS, NSA, SLE Non Members £20   This is a great “hands on” opportunity to learn how
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  • 01/06/2017 - Growing Trees on Farm: the Beneficial Impact,
    A practical perspective, from initial design to planting, pruning, managing and processing. Highlighting the benefits, the options, lessons learned, funding and future plans. Includes a visit to a mixed farm to show the outcomes that can be achieved for the whole farm, 25 years on from planting a mixed conifer and broadleaved
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  • 30/05/2017 - Spring Conference 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates' Spring Conference – 30 May 2017 Rural Investment: Hopes and Fears for a New Era 30th May 2017, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh   Sponsored by   Rural Scotland is home to many diverse businesses from agriculture and commercial forestry to artisan fo
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  • 30/05/2017 - Inaugural Helping It Happen Awards 2017
    An awards night will be held in Edinburgh on May 30, 2017, which follows Scottish Land & Estates’ Annual Spring Conference being held at the Assembly Rooms on the same day.  These new awards – which are sponsored by The MacRobert Trust - are being held at the Principal Hotel Edinburgh, George Street, 7.30pm for 8pm.
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  • 26/05/2017 - Review of National Parks across Scotland
    Earlier this week a debate was held in Scottish Parliament on the establishment of new National Parks in Scotland. The motion, in the name of Finlay Carson asked the Parliament to recognise the value of Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty and calls on the Scottish Government to conduct a review of National Parks and consi
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  • 25/05/2017 - The Scotia Winch Challenge is looking for a new home.
      The Scotia Winch Challenge (the UKs premier off-road driving competition) is currently looking for a new home.   Due to the owners of their current site starting major timber harvesting operations they had to cancel last year’s competition and as they have not as yet secured a new venue they will not be hold
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  • 25/05/2017 - Country Loving - new TV series
    Has your love of the land stopped you from finding the love of your life? Does your rural lifestyle make it difficult to meet potential partners? Boundless, the producers of Escape to the Country, Great British Railway Journeys and Grand Designs are currently searching for rural people, of any age who are struggling t
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  • 25/05/2017 - Rural leaders come together for Future of Forestry
      Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray, joined major players from rural Scotland for a dinner to discuss the Future of Forestry on Wednesday evening.  Organised by ConFor and RSPB and hosted by Turcan Connell, the dinner was a chance to hear a range of views from across the rural sector, including the thoughts of Cabinet Se
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  • 25/05/2017 - River Clyde water quality improves
      Investment in the River Clyde has helped tackle pollution and restore habitats, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed. SEPA has reported that the Clyde is in significantly better health than expected thanks to investment by Scottish Water, SEPA, farmers and local authorities.   Between 2010 a
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  • 25/05/2017 - New inshore fisheries pilots
      New pilots will look at ways of improving the management of inshore fisheries to ensure coastal communities make the most of their waters, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed. The Scottish Government will work with the industry over the coming weeks to identify areas which could host the pilots.   T
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  • 25/05/2017 - Visit to Winston Churchill Venison
      Organised by Countryside Learning Scotland, a group of S4 students from Dunoon Grammar School had the opportunity to visit Winston Churchill Venison at Ardtaraig Estate to learn about the venison production business. The students found out about the processes involved in getting the deer from mountain to plate, as well
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  • 25/05/2017 - Current consultations - 25 May 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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  • 25/05/2017 - New senior management team unveiled to drive forward land-based business agenda
    Scottish Land & Estates today announced a new senior management structure for the organisation to drive forward the agenda of land-based businesses in Scotland. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said major issues such as Brexit and the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act will require the o
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  • 23/05/2017 - Joint statement on Scottish game shooting proposals
    Following this morning’s hearing of the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, organisations representing the game shooting community issued the following statement. “We are disappointed that the committee voted narrowly in favour of a course of action which includes examining the
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 May 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 May 2017.  
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 May 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 19/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Refutes STFA Claims
    In response to a statement from the STFA which claimed that there is a widespread move to ‘replace tenant farmers with trees’, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.   David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Land owners want to make the best use of the land. That includes diffe
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  • 19/05/2017 - 800th Living Wage employer accredited
    Gorgie City Farm has become the 800th Scottish-based Living Wage accredited employer. Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Keith Brown made the announcement while visiting the farm where he met staff benefitting from their commitment to fair work principles. The Scottish Government has set a target of reaching 1,000 Scottish-based
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  • 19/05/2017 - Surge in overseas visitors
    Scotland experienced a 6% surge in visitors from overseas in 2016, new figures show. Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted an additional 155,000 overseas visits were made to Scotland last year compared with 2015, strongly supported by a rise in the number of tourists from North America.
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  • 19/05/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    Following on from Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) the National Rural Mental Health Forum held its 3rd meeting at Islington. Plans were discussed for further awareness raising of the work of the Forum including at the Royal Highland Show. Members attending the Scottish Land & Estates conference will receive an informat
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  • 19/05/2017 - Brodies CPO roadshow
    Brodies LLP continued their series of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) roadshows in Pitlochry this week. The discussion included advice for landowners faced with CPOs for the A9 dualling, noting that the golden role is to presume and assume nothing. Brodies insisted that early and continued dialogue with Transport Scotland is
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  • 19/05/2017 - GWCT organises visit for school pupils to Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead to find out what’s all going on the farm at this time of year
      Pupils from Tynewater Primary School, Pathhead, Midlothian and from Elphinstone Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian visited Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead this week to see what is currently happening down on the farm.  The youngsters saw at first hand sheep, lambs, cattle and calves along with samples of wheat, barley, b
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  • 19/05/2017 - UK General Election
    Political parties have this week been launching their manifestoes for the UK General Election.  For links to their respective policy platforms which have been launched so far, please see below. Conservative Party - Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future Liberal Democrats - Change B
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  • 18/05/2017 - Tree health problems on Mull
    A second meeting with forestry owners on Mull and FCS, which was aimed at finding a way forward in tackling tree health issues, was held on the island on Tuesday.  Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray went over to support our members. Of particular concern is an outbreak of Phytophthora Ramorum in larch and rhododendron.  T
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  • 18/05/2017 - Rewilding debates at Big Nature Weekend
    Last week was Big Nature weekend in the Cairngorms, with over 60 events held in the area to celebrate nature and the outdoors.  We took part in two rewilding debates one at Balmoral and the other at Boat of Garten.  Both of the debates attracted a fairly large audience of around 60 or so.  Wildlife photographer and rew
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  • 18/05/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 May 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15th May 2017.
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  • 18/05/2017 - Bird Gatherings get go ahead
    The Scottish Government has this week published a revised bird gatherings general licence, which removes the temporary measure prohibiting poultry, game birds and waterfowl from outside Scotland from attending gatherings. The new licence, which can be found at www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00518107.pdf and comes into effect
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  • 18/05/2017 - Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Companies
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the UK Government Call for Evidence on a Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Companies.  While welcoming a commitment to trasparency in landownership, we  have called for the measures to be proportionate and for no duplication with other measures already in force or expected to
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  • 18/05/2017 - National Access Forum
    Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates attended the National Access Forum in Battleby. Following on from the last NAF meeting in January and a site visit in March on the agenda for discussion was the issue of unauthorised mountain bike trail building and the desire by some members of NAF including Scottish Land & Estates t
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  • 16/05/2017 - Finalists announced for the Helping It Happen awards
    FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR HELPING IT HAPPEN AWARDS Shortlists for seven categories, including The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award The finalists for the inaugural Helping it Happen awards have now been announced. Across seven categories, estates, rural businesses and countryside partnerships have been shortlisted
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  • 15/05/2017 - Waders Workshop
    At the end of last week, Scottish Land & Estates along with other stakeholders attended a workshop in Edinburgh to discuss options for an initiative to follow the Understanding Predation Project; as a working title this initiative is being called Working for Waders. Supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and facilitated b
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  • 11/05/2017 - Consultation on the draft private water supplies regulations
    Scottish Ministers are seeking views on draft regulations for large private water supplies (also known as ‘Type A supplies’) defined as supplying more than 50 people per day. The proposals seek to transpose, for private water supplies, Amending Directive (EU) 2015/1787 which makes some changes to Directive 98/83/EC on the
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  • 11/05/2017 - CAP payments scrutiny
    Fergus Ewing MSP appeared before the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this week to defend the government’s management of the CAP payments system. Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, appeared before the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on Wednesday to discuss CAP paymen
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  • 11/05/2017 - Forestry & Land Management Bill introduced to Parliament
    The Scottish Parliament will consider forestry legislation for the first time in its history after the introduction of a Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill. Scotland’s £1 billion forestry sector, which supports 25,000 jobs, could benefit from the Bill’s intended modern approach to forestry development, support
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  • 11/05/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin - 8 May 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 8th May 2017.
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  • 11/05/2017 - Making a Living from Local Food programme 2017
    For a second year running, Nourish Scotland’s Making a Living from Local Food programme is offering mentoring and peer-to-peer-support to 15-20 aspiring and recently established local food entrepreneurs from across Scotland. If you are passionate about tasty, nutritious, locally and sustainably produced food, are in the pro
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  • 11/05/2017 - Consent granted for first urban right to buy
    A community group in Edinburgh is set to become the first organisation in an urban area to benefit from community right to buy powers. Scottish Ministers have given consent to Action Porty to proceed with the community right to buy of the former Portobello Old Parish Church and halls with a view to transforming it into a mult
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  • 11/05/2017 - Consultation on the draft private water supplies regulations
    Scottish Ministers are seeking views on draft regulations for large private water supplies (also known as ‘Type A supplies’) defined as supplying more than 50 people per day. The proposals seek to transpose, for private water supplies, Amending Directive (EU) 2015/1787 which makes some changes to Directive 98/83/EC on the
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  • 11/05/2017 - National Species Reintroduction Forum
    Scottish Land & Estates attended the NSRF earlier this week in Battleby. The Forum received an update on the Knapdale Beaver Project which is looking to apply for a licence later this summer to reinforce the beaver population here. Since the end of the trial in 2014, numbers have declined and the population is said to nee
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  • 11/05/2017 - Beaver Stakeholder Meeting
    Earlier this week SNH held a meeting with approximately 15 stakeholders to provide an update on work following the Cabinet Secretary’s announcement in November last year on the future of beavers in Scotland. As reported previously, in recent months SNH have been in dialogue with Scottish Government and have been commiss
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  • 11/05/2017 - £43m for low-carbon infrastructure projects
    Details of how more than £43 million is being invested in low-carbon infrastructure have been announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Shared across 13 projects throughout Scotland, this investment represents one of the largest direct energy investments in the last 10 years. The funding, awarded by the Low Carbon Infrast
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  • 10/05/2017 - Imbewu Scotland Annual Report Published
    The 2016 Annual Report for Imbewu Scotland – a project delivered by the Wilderness Foundation in partnership with Scottish Land & Estates – has been published.   Imbewu Scotland sows the seed of a passion for nature and rural life in urban youth, and will continue to provide a unique opportunity for young people to
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  • 10/05/2017 - Consultation on funding of The Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register
    Scottish Government is consulting on the costs associated with the EPC register. This will affect anyone with domestic or non-domestic properties. The consultation closes on 19th June. http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/05/1274
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  • 10/05/2017 - Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Plan Consultation
    This week policy staff met with members in the Park alongside National Park staff to consider the draft Partnership Plan. If any members who were unable to attend the lunch meeting would like to contribute comments to the Scottish Land& Estates consultation response please contact HQ. 
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  • 10/05/2017 - H5N8 confirmed in Lancashire
    Last week DEFRA confirmed two cases of H5N8 avian influenza in backyard flocks in Lancashire, England.   This brings the total to twelve H5N8 infected premises (IP) since winter 2016. The premises are under restriction and a 3 km Protection Zone and a 10 km Surveillance Zone have been put in place.  Further information
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  • 10/05/2017 - Housing Roadshows
    Scottish Land & Estates is holding a series of Housing Roadshows in June.  The Roadshows will provide an overview of the main changes in housing and answer any queries you have.   Scottish Land & Estates’ senior policy officer Katy Dickson will be joined by Clare Dunlop a senior associate at Turcan Connell, and a repr
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  • 05/05/2017 - Final Call for Loch Lomond and Trossachs Lunch Forum
    Scottish Land & Estates and staff from Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park are holding a lunch forum in Luss on 10th May. The aim of the lunch is to help communication between the Park and land based businesses. At this meeting we will be discussing the Park’s draft partnership plan which is currently out for consultati
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  • 05/05/2017 - Dunbar farm benefits from Tyne Esk LEADER diversification pot
    West Meikle Pinkerton farm in Dunbar has become the first to benefit from the Tyne Esk LEADER pot specifically allocated for farm diversification. Owners James and Kay Gilchrist received funding for a holiday chalet for disabled/less able holiday makers which has already gained a five-star review on Euan’s Guide. Read m
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  • 05/05/2017 - Local Development Plans
    The following consultations are currently live: -          Falkirk Council – Main Issues Report: closing 5 May -          South Lanarkshire Council – Main Issues Report: closing 12 May -          Inverclyde Council – Main Issues Report: closing 31 May If you have any comments o
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  • 05/05/2017 - Statement on Hen Harrier video
    Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement following a press release issued by RSPB Scotland earlier today. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Evidence of apparent ill-treatment of any protected species is, of course, deeply concerning. “It is a matter for the prosecuting
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  • 04/05/2017 - Local Government Committee Writes to Derek Mackay about Rates
    The Convenor of the Local Government Committee has written to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay following last week’s evidence session on no-domestic rates. The letter highlights issues raised at the session and raises the concern that the remit of the Barclay Review fails to take account of the impact on non-commercial rate p
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  • 04/05/2017 - Consultation on planning fees: next steps
    Scottish Ministers have now reflected on the responses to the recent consultation on the proposal to increase fee maxima for planning applications. The Scottish Government have decided to raise the fee maximum for major applications across most categories of development to £125,000 and for applications for permission in prin
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  • 04/05/2017 - May deadline for Food for Thought Education Fund
    The current funding round of the Food for Thought Education Fund closes for applications at the end of May. Administered by Education Scotland, the fund gives support to develop food and health as a context for learning. The fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality learning experienc
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  • 04/05/2017 - Invitation to tender for Innovation Support Service
    An invitation to tender for the provision of an Innovation Support Service for the agricultural, food and drink, and forestry sectors has been published by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Rural Network Support Unit at Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Economy in the Scottish Government is looking for a provider to se
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  • 04/05/2017 - Home Energy Loan Scheme Now Open
    Home-owners and private landlords can now apply for an interest free loan of up to £32,500 to improve the energy efficiency and use of renewable technologies in their properties. The updated scheme has been created by combining two separate and existing programmes, the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland Loans
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  • 04/05/2017 - Invitation to tender for Innovation Support Service
    An invitation to tender for the provision of an Innovation Support Service for the agricultural, food and drink, and forestry sectors has been published by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Rural Network Support Unit at Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Economy in the Scottish Government is looking for a provider to se
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  • 04/05/2017 - New Local Food & Drink Coordinator for Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER
    With support from Stirling Council, Forth Environment Link, West Dunbartonshire Council and Clackmannanshire Council, Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) has appointed a Local Food & Drink Coordinator to help grow, support and innovate the local food system in the area. A major focus of the role will be to
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  • 04/05/2017 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee: Deer Management Debate
    Following the publication of the ECCLR Committee Report on Deer Management in Scotland which draws on the SNH Review of Deer Management in Scotland Report 2016 and the findings of the RACCE Committee in 2013 a debate was held on the 2 May.   Whilst the ECCLR Committee recognises considerable progress in deer managem
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  • 04/05/2017 - Parliament Committee hears evidence on Digital Strategy
    On Wednesday the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee heard evidence from Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing and the Scottish Government on Scotland’s Digital Strategy. Mr Ewing stated support for an ‘outside in’ approach which forced providers to deliver connectivity to the most rural areas before the profitable urban
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  • 04/05/2017 - House of Lords Brexit report published
    The House of Lords European Union Committee has this week published the findings from its Brexit and Agriculture inquiry. The report says that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has played a fundamental role in regulating and supporting UK agriculture since the UK joined the then European Economic Community. It has
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  • 04/05/2017 - New guide for community facilities
    A new guide on acquiring and redeveloping community facilities has been published online. Geoff Fagan, from the charity Cadispa, and Derennan Watson, formerly of Landwise Scotland, have co-authored the guide to help management committees with upgrading and redeveloping community buildings in rural Scotland.   The gui
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  • 04/05/2017 - AGM 2017
    Members please click on the documents below for the Notice of the 2017 AGM and the Report & Accounts for 2016.
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  • 03/05/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner calls on tenants and landlords to consider Brexit in rent reviews
    Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, is calling on landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings to carefully consider the impact of Brexit where a rent review is due.   Bob McIntosh said:   ‘’Consideration of the prevailing economic conditions in the agriculture sector is an importa
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  • 03/05/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 1st May 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing Monday 1st May 2017.
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  • 03/05/2017 - Wildfire Danger Forecast for 2nd-8th May 2017
    Wildfire Danger Forecast for 2nd - 8th May 2017. EFFIS Fine Fuel Moisture Code forecast 2nd May 2017 for Saturday 6th May 2017 Please see attached flyer
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  • 03/05/2017 - Scottish Farm Land Trust
    The Scottish Farm Land Trust (SFLT), in collaboration with Nourish Scotland, is undertaking a survey to find out who is looking for farmland in Scotland and what they want from it. SFLT aims to increase access to land for ecological agriculture, and want to build an organisation led by small-scale farmers, growers and new ent
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  • 28/04/2017 - Consultation on planning fees: next steps
    Scottish Ministers have now reflected on the responses to the recent consultation on the proposal to increase fee maxima for planning applications. The Scottish Government have decided to raise the fee maximum for major applications across most categories of development to £125,000 and for applications for permission in prin
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  • 28/04/2017 - Avian influenza prevention zone to be lifted
    The avian influenza prevention zone covering Scotland will be lifted on 30 April, the Scottish Government has confirmed. The zone required bird keepers in all areas of Scotland to put in place enhanced biosecurity measures prior to letting their birds outside, in order to reduce the risk of disease.   The ban on show
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  • 28/04/2017 - Final proposals for Prohibition of Fracking etc. (Scotland) Bill published
    The final proposal for the Proposed Prohibition of Fracking etc. (Scotland) Bill from Claudia Beamish MSP has been lodged, accompanied by a summary of the consultation responses. Claudia Beamish MSP has welcomed the response to her Bill, which found that 87% of respondents were in favour of a ban, with more than 1,000 people
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  • 28/04/2017 - Scottish Government consultation on Fracking still open
    The Scottish Government’s own consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction remains open until the end of May. You can find the consultation in full here. Scottish Land & Estates will respond to this consultation, any comments should be sent to gavin.mowat@scottishlandandestates.co.uk no later than Monday 12 June.
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  • 28/04/2017 - CARES Conference 2017
    The Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) Conference 2017 was held in Stirling this week. Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP gave the keynote speech and discussions centred around shared ownership, smart local energy systems, and attaining 1GW by 2020. Retaining access to Feed In Tariffs and business rates exemptions
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  • 28/04/2017 - Hutting event
    A wide variety of land owners attended a hutting event on the Falkland Estate this week to find out about the opportunities available regards to hosting hut sites on their land. Reforesting Scotland was on hand to talk about its ‘Good practice guidance’ and ‘Voluntary Code of Good Practice’, as well as share ideas and
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  • 28/04/2017 - Alba Energy AGM
    Alba Energy, a membership organisation representing small hydro producers, held its AGM in Perth on Thursday. The focus of the morning session was on rates and the unjust anomaly in the system which has resulted in rates for hydro schemes to rocket. The organisation is making considerable efforts to work the assessors and Sco
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  • 28/04/2017 - Farm Business income figures show dramatic drop
    The incomes of commercial farms in Scotland are estimated to have decreased by 48 per cent in the last year.  The latest reduction in farm business income continues a five year decline in average income. The latest figures were released yesterday by Scotland's Chief Statistician.  They examine a number of financial ind
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  • 28/04/2017 - REC hear from Minister and Cabinet Secretary on Agriculture and Fisheries
      Last week the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee heard evidence from Mike Russell and Fergus Ewing on a range of issues related to the impact of Brexit on agriculture and fisheries.   Mike Russell MSP, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s place in Europe, and Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary f
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  • 28/04/2017 - Exchange of ideas on the future of land management in Scotland
    Anne Gray and Andrew Midgley met with David Barnes and Neil Watt from the Scottish Government’s Brexit Hub yesterday to discuss Scottish Land & Estates position paper “A New Direction for Land Management in Scotland” Anne and Andrew were able to give some fuller detail and background to the proposals in the organisatio
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  • 28/04/2017 - Rural Development Operational Committee
    Scottish Government’s advisory group on Scotland’s Rural Development Programme, which Anne Gray represents Scottish Land & Estates on, met on Thursday. Despite ongoing IT concerns over payments, the programme itself is proceeding well and compares favourably to similar programmes in other EU member states.  Of note, the
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  • 28/04/2017 - Natural Flood Management Group meets
    SEPA’s National Natural Flood Management advisory group met on Wednesday this week.  The group, which Anne Gray sits on, considered progress with, and barriers to, the wider uptake on natural flood management measures across Scotland.  Of particular focus at this meeting with the Government’s Statutory Guidance on the 2
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  • 28/04/2017 - Scotland’s Biosphere’s celebrated in Parliament
    Scottish Land & Estates attended a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday evening which celebrated and raised awareness of Scotland’s two Biosphere Reserves.  The first, Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere has been operation for a few years now and is making good progress, including the development of a land managers’
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  • 27/04/2017 - Public Bodies Lowland Deer Management – SGP Event
    The recent deer review highlighted the importance of different approaches required for the management of lowland deer. This week SNH hosted a Sharing Good Practice event aimed at Local Authorities and other public bodies who own or manage land where deer are present. The purpose of the day was to enable discussion of manageme
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  • 27/04/2017 - Making Tax Digital
    The UK Government has “removed the clauses on Making Tax Digital from the Finance Bill.  The announcement of the general election on 8 June 2017 provided an opportunity to withdraw these clauses and schedule for potential future reintroduction after the election to allow more time for proper scrutiny. 
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  • 27/04/2017 - Illegal Waste Disposal
    Leaflet highlighting illegal waste disposal on agricultural land. Have you been offered money to store waste on your land?
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  • 27/04/2017 - Derelict and Urban Vacant Land Decreases from 2015
    This week the Chief Statistician published the 2016 derelict and urban vacant land figures as reported by local authorities. The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land decreased by 253 hectares 2% since 2015. 321 hectares were brought back into use, 63% of this to residential use, and 142 hectares were naturalised. Th
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  • 27/04/2017 - National Goose Management Review Group
    The NGMRG met earlier this week. The group received an update on State Aid submission and arrangements for 2017/18. SNH to submit a paper to Scottish Government on this within the next month or so. An update was also received on the Policy Review, which will look to guide future thinking beyond 2020. Scottish Natural Heritage
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  • 27/04/2017 - Access Round Table Discussion
    Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates along with 20 other organisations was invited to attend a round table discussion at Scottish Parliament. Hosted by the Ramblers Scotland, the discussion was chaired by Richard Lochhead and Andrew Thin Chair of the Scottish Land Commission. Discussions focused on whether there is a
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  • 27/04/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 24th April 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing Monday 24th April 2017.
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  • 24/04/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates: Senior management announcement
    Scottish Land & Estates announced today that Douglas McAdam is stepping down as chief executive of the organisation to pursue other interests. Douglas McAdam served as CEO and a director of Scottish Land & Estates and its predecessor organisation, the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association, for 10 years. He
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  • 20/04/2017 - Brodies Roadshows
    Brodies LLP are holding a series of A9 Dualling – Compulsory Purchase Roadshows designed to arm landowners with essential information you will need to protect your interests. The roadshows will cover the following issues; blight; fees; tax; title issues; contractors; time limits; access; mitigating your losses; and your cla
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  • 20/04/2017 - Scottish Parliament takes evidence on gamebird licences
    Our Chairman David Johnstone was one of a panel giving evidence to the ECCLR Committee on a wide range of issues around a licensing Petition for of all types of gamebird shooting.   Petition PE 1615 was brought by Logan Steele of the Scottish Raptor Study Group in 2015 and supported by RSPB.  It calls for state regu
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  • 20/04/2017 - Consultation on Supplementary Guidance – Developer Obligations
    Aberdeenshire Council is consulting on whether to include the potential impact of the cumulative effect of contributions on delivery as a matter that could appropriately be addressed in more detail through the Supplementary Guidance as recommended by reporters. As such, Aberdeenshire Council propose to amend the section title
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  • 20/04/2017 - Research highlights mental ill health issues in rural Scotland
    Support in Mind Scotland (SiMS) joined forces with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) last year to produce survey on mental ill health in rural Scotland. The findings have now been published and have already been used to help inform the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy. Scottish Land & Estates has been working cl
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  • 20/04/2017 - Consultation response - District Heating
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies, and Regulation of District Heating which can be found here. The consultation proposes to make local authorities responsible for creating Local Heat & Energy Efficiency Strategies (LHEES) and regulation of
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  • 20/04/2017 - Scottish Borders castle secures future
    Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders has secured £150,000 of funding to help secure its future. The 16th century home was forced to close in 2012 following an outbreak of dry rot, which spread through the building. Since then, the owners have been working on a sustainable business plan to reopen it to visitors
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  • 20/04/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18th April 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18th April 2017.
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  • 20/04/2017 - Feral Pig Meeting Alyth
    Earlier this week, a meeting was held in Alyth to raise awareness amongst locals on the presence of feral pigs in the area and to share information about number and distribution of animals in order to better coordinate control efforts being undertaken by local land managers.   The meeting was organised by Scottish Na
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  • 20/04/2017 - New Research Highlights Mental Ill Health Issues In Rural Scotland
    Last year, little was known about how people with mental ill health accross rural Scotland experience their day to day lives. In August and September 2016, Support in Mind Scotland joined forces with Scotland's Rural College to carry out a survey which asked people who experience mental ill health to tell us what it is like l
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  • 13/04/2017 - Commencement of Tay Catchment Beaver Surveys
    At the request of Scottish Government to establish up to date beaver numbers, and to support forthcoming work on beavers, SNH is to carry out a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland and Knapdale.  The Tay Catchment beaver surveys are scheduled to commence on Monday 17th April on the River Tummel.
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  • 13/04/2017 - Big Houses in the Scottish Borders Map
    Big Houses in the Scottish Borders is a non-profit organisation made up of the big houses of the Scottish borders. It was set up in 2012 to combine some of the main attractions in the borders to work together to share advertisement and marketing opportunities. They have now produced a new map, launched this week, giving infor
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  • 12/04/2017 - Avian Influenza update
    The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has published an updated Outbreak Assessment (available on this webpage) regarding the ongoing Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 strain affecting the UK and Europe. Based on the latest evidence the UK risk assessment for a new incursion of AI virus via migratory wild b
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  • 12/04/2017 - Support for island wind
    Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, and the UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark will co-chair the fifth meeting of the Scottish Islands Renewables Delivery Forum on Stornoway on 10 April. Speaking ahead of the talks with his UK counterpart Mr Wheelhouse said the UK Government must recognise the vital importance of i
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