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

  • 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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  • 24/05/2017 - Forestry: Adding value
    Forestry: Adding value Wednesday 24th May, Banchory, 9.30am–3.30pm   A practical day looking at: the key components of FSC and PEFC certification; forest management requirements and market demand; funding for woodland creation including the Woodland Carbon Code, as well as answering your certification questions f
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  • 19/05/2017 - Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads
    Morning seminars and discussion Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads Deer and traffic don’t mix – but is it a case of too many deer, too many vehicles, or both? Two morning seminars in May staged jointly by the Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) will
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  • 16/05/2017 - Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference
    Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference 16 May 2017 Glasgow Part of the Euroheat & Power Congress 2017 Join Scottish Renewables and Scottish Development International at the Scottish Low-Carbon Heat Conference to hear about opportunities within the low-carbon heat sector in Scotland. This half day event wil
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  • 11/05/2017 - Peatland Restoration -- how, what, why and when?
    Thursday 11 May 2017, Cappercleuch and Dryhope,09.30-15.00 A Scottish Land & Estates' South East Region Walk & Talk event in partnership with IUCN UK Peatland Programme and Tweed Forum. For more details and to book please click on flyer below.
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  • 10/05/2017 - Kelso Races
      Venue: Kelso Racecourse, Roxburgshire TD5 7SX You are warmly invited to a  Champagne Reception followed by 3 course lunch with wine in the Pavilion Marquee at Kelso Races on Wednesday 10th May. Come and join us for a day of sport, fun, hospitality and access to our team who very much look forward to w
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  • 05/05/2017 - Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads - Morning Seminar
    Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads Deer and traffic don’t mix – but is it a case of too many deer, too many vehicles, or both? Two morning seminars in May staged jointly by the Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) will examine the issues, the responsibil
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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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  • 12/04/2017 - Scotland’s food and drink exports secure £8.3m US contracts
    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed news that Scottish food and drink companies have secured £8m of export sales to North America. Companies including Associated Seafoods, Eden Mill Distillery and Mara Seaweed have all secured contracts to sell their products in supermarkets and restaurants across the USA. The ne
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  • 12/04/2017 - Tourism deal ‘could provide £150m boost’
    A European-first collaboration between VisitScotland and TripAdvisor will see Scotland’s world-class tourism offering promoted to almost 70 million new potential visitors, generating a potential additional spend of £150 million. The multi-year deal between VisitScotland and TripAdvisor – the world’s largest travel
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  • 12/04/2017 - Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Lunch Forum – 10 May 2017
    A Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park lunch forum is proposed for 12.30pm on 10th May with the venue to be confirmed. As the Partnership Plan is currently out for consultation this seems the ideal opportunity for members to discuss the draft with each other and with Park staff. The intention of the lunch forum format is a
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  • 12/04/2017 - Loch Lomond and Trossachs Partnership Plan Consultation
    The draft Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan is open for consultation until 3rd July. The Plan sets out how the Park Authority and other organisations and interests can work together over the next five years. Scottish Land & Estates and the National Park will be holding a lunch forum on 10th May for memb
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  • 12/04/2017 - Private tenancies consultation - energy efficiency and condition standards
    Scottish Government has published a consultation on Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards in Private Rented Housing. https://news.gov.scot/news/improving-scotlands-private-rented-sector-properties The first part proposes introducing a minimum energy efficiency standard of EPC E from April 2019 where there is a cha
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  • 11/04/2017 - Flexible planning system required for rural Scotland
    Scotland’s planning system needs to take better account of the needs of land-based businesses and communities, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents landowners and rural businesses across Scotland, has published its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of the
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  • 10/04/2017 - Current consultations - 10 April 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 10/04/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 10 April 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 10 April 2017.
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  • 07/04/2017 - WARNING! High fire risk this weekend
      With ongoing dry weather, data from the European Forest Fire Information Service shows that there is a high risk of wildfire in Central and Easter Scotland for the next few days.  With one week left of the muirburn season, many grouse moors have already stopped their annual muirburn programme.  Further west where the
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  • 07/04/2017 - Employment in low carbon and renewables up by more than a third
      The number of workers in Scotland employed in the low carbon and renewables sector has risen to 58,500 in 2015, up from an indicative 43,500 employed in 2014. The low carbon and renewable sector generated a turnover of £10.5 billion, 14% of the total UK sector, the Office of National Statistics numbers show.  
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  • 07/04/2017 - Zero Waste Scotland Meeting – Tackling Flytipping
      Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates met with Zero Waste Scotland to discuss the ongoing issue of flytipping. We received a useful update on FlyMapper, a reporting tool developed to help Local Authorities report and monitor incidences of flytipping, information recorded includes the size and type of waste tipped.
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  • 05/04/2017 - Saving Scotland's Red Squirrel Project is Hiring
      The Saving Scotland's Red Squirrel project is about to embark on a new phase: the Developing Community Action project. This new phase will see the project put a great deal more effort and resource into engaging with volunteer networks over the next 5 years.   In preparation for this new phase, the project is a
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  • 05/04/2017 - Access appeal against Drumlean Estate
      Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority has won a legal appeal against an estate within the National Park.    The park took legal action against the estate in 2013 following complaints from members of the public that access to an area between Ben Venue and Loch Ard was being blocked by locked high gat
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  • 05/04/2017 - ECCLR: Report on Deer Management
      On Monday 3rd April the ECCLR committee published its report on Deer Management in Scotland. This report addresses the SNH 2016 review of deer management in Scotland and also the previous RACCE committee recommendations and those of the Land Reform Review Group.     In the report the Committee acknowledge pro
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  • 05/04/2017 - Income Tax
    From 6 April 2017 Scotland has for the first time different income tax bands from the rest of the UK.  The freezing of the higher rate income tax threshold at the current level of £43,000 will mean that higher rate taxpayers living in Scotland will pay up to £400 more in tax each year when compared to their counterparts in
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  • 04/04/2017 - Telecoms Code of Practice
    Ofcom is consulting on the Code of Practice which accompanies the new Electronic Communications Code. The Electronic Communications Code determines the rights of telecoms operators to install and manage infrastructure. The Code of Practice sets out terms which should make is easier for operators and site providers to reach ag
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  • 03/04/2017 - A9 Dualling - Brodies Compulsory Purchase Roadshows
      The Brodies team of compulsory purchase specialists explain what you need to know about compulsory purchase to arm you with the essential information you need to protect your interests. Blight – What is blight and are you affected? Fees – Professional fees can be a worry for landowners claiming compen
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  • 03/04/2017 - Sporting rates
      Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has written to Edward Mountain, convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee with an update in respect of non-domestic rates on shootings and deer forests (sporting rates). Mr Mackay set out that while valuation notices for the majority of properties had been issued, the Asses
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  • 03/04/2017 - Current consultations - 03 April 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 03/04/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 April 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 April 2017.
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  • 03/04/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27 - 31 March 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27 - 31 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 01/04/2017 - Satellite-tagged eagle appeal for information
    Scottish Land & Estates, which represents rural businesses across Scotland, today supported an appeal for information over a satellite-tagged eagle whose transmitter has failed. Data from the eagle’s satellite tag was last received in early March and the bird’s last whereabouts were recorded in the Deeside area. A
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  • 31/03/2017 - Fresh concerns over Rural Payments
    The Scottish Government’s Rural Payments IT system has come under fresh criticism again this week.  The Scottish Government had given assurances earlier in the year that all 2016 payments would be made by the end of June 2017 and therefore fall within normal EU timeframes.  Conservative MSP, Peter Chapman, appears to be q
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  • 31/03/2017 - Major Conference considers Sustainable Agriculture challenges
    Chairman, David Johnstone and Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray were in Brussels this week for the Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2017 conference.  This major event included keynote addresses from former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan and round the world Yachtswoman, Ellen MacArthur, who now heads up the Ellen MacArthu
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  • 30/03/2017 - Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Conference
    The Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Conference, took place at Battleby on March 29. The Conference, attended by around 100 delegates, focused on the issues and challenges of fisheries management across Scotland. The Conference showcased the RiverLife project, a four-year £6.7m project aimed at improving fish migrati
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  • 30/03/2017 - Rates Seminar Success
    A successful seminar examining Non-Domestic Rates was held with Savills in Perth on Tuesday. Speakers included experts in tourism, renewables and agricultural rates as well as Robert Shepherd, the assessor leading on the sporting rates reintroduction. Hydro rates and sporting rates uncertainties emerged as key concerns for at
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  • 30/03/2017 - South Lanarkshire LAF Representative
    South Lanarkshire’s Local Access Forum is looking to recruit for a new member to represent landowner’s interests. The Forum, established under the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, is responsible for providing advice to South Lanarkshire Council, the access authority, on matters relating to the provision,
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  • 30/03/2017 - Proposal for a Galloway National Park
    The Galloway National Park Association are leading on a proposal for the development of a Galloway National Park. Several options are currently being explored by the Association as to what the proposed model might be. Scottish Land & Estates are in communication with the group and we will keep members informed once further de
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  • 30/03/2017 - Survey on natural disturbance risks to forests: your assistance requested
    Susan Davies, a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, is conducting a survey on attitudes to natural disturbance risk to forests (including wind, fire, pest and diseases, drought, snow/hail and so forth) and information requirements from a wide range of forest stakeholders and would very much appreciate yo
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  • 30/03/2017 - Fuel Poverty Research Network Reception
    MSP Andy Wightman hosted a parliamentary reception regarding Fuel Poverty Research. Two researchers presented their papers. The Speird Project looked  at influences on fuel poverty in rural and island Scotland, while the second study looked at vulnerable fuel poor tenants’ experiences and expectations. Housing Minister Kev
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  • 30/03/2017 - Sporting Rates Update
    At the rating seminar held on Tuesday, the assessor leading on the reintroduction of sporting rates, Robert Shepherd, confirmed he was still developing the valuation methodology and it was likely valuations would take place over the summer and valuation notices delivered late summer. Members are urged to not delay appealing o
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  • 30/03/2017 - Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart visits Dormont Passivhaus Development
    Housing and Communities Minister, Kevin Stewart, visited Dormont Estate near Lockerbie on Frida 24th March with local MSP Joan MacAlpine. Jamie Carruthers, owner of Dormont Estate, developed the eight Passivhaus scheme 6 years ago and has been undertaking monitoring to ensure the homes function as intended. The highly ene
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  • 29/03/2017 - Golden eagle project gets £1.3 million National Lottery green light
      Golden eagles – viewed by many as one of Scotland’s most iconic species – will become a more common sight across the south of Scotland following a successful Heritage Lottery application bid.     The South of Scotland Golden Eagle project has now confirmed funding of over £1.3 million from the Heritage
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  • 28/03/2017 - Housing Minister visits pioneering Lockerbie housing development
    A Lockerbie estate that has pioneered affordable, energy efficient housing has been visited by Scotland’s housing minister. Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish Government Minister for Local Government and Housing, joined South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine to visit Dormont Estate on Friday. Mr Stewart and Ms McAlpine w
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  • 27/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 March 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 27 March 2017.
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  • 27/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 20 - 24 March 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 20 - 24 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 27/03/2017 - Wildlife crime map shows encouraging results
    Scottish Land & Estates, which is a partner in the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAWS), today welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government’s annual bird of prey crime map which has identified a significant reduction on all types of bird of prey crime during 2016.  Douglas McAdam, chief
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  • 24/03/2017 - Peatland Restoration event at Edinglassie a great success
    The first in a series of peatland restoration events was held at Edinglassie, by Huntly earlier this week. Arranged in conjunction with IUCN UK Peatland Programme, the event was aimed at those who may soon commence their own restoration project as well as those looking to gather more information on how a project can be made t
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  • 24/03/2017 - Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee - Brexit
    This week the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee held a roundtable session on the implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland in relation to agriculture and forestry. Scottish Land & Estates was represented by Andrew Midgley. The papers for the meeting can be found here... The Official Report w
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  • 24/03/2017 - Woodland Expansion discussions
    On Wednesday, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment), Anne Gray joined other organisations at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, to consider various scenarios for how woodland expansion in Scotland might be achieved.  The various different interests in woodland expansion were considered, from those with
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  • 23/03/2017 - Community Engagement Guidance Consultation
    The Scottish Government has today published for consultation its draft Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land.  The consultation, to which Scottish Land & Estates will be responding, runs until 16 June 2017. The document can be found here... 
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  • 23/03/2017 - Current consultations - 23 March 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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  • 23/03/2017 - Wages
    The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will increase on 1 April 2017.  View NMW and NLW changes
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  • 23/03/2017 - Scottish Tourism Week finale
    The end of Scottish Tourism Week was marked with a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening. The successful growth, diversity and achievements of the industry were celebrated but speakers encouraged people to optimise opportunity and not become complacent. Challenges to the industry were also noted including the business
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  • 23/03/2017 - Savills and Scottish Woodlands say Forestry “Primed for Growth”
    Highighting the vital importance of Scotland to UK Forestry, Savills and Scottish Woodlands held a well attended launch event in Edinburgh this week for their UK Forestry Market Spotlight document. The launched included four very informative presentations from Savills and Scottish Woodlands experts, including one covering
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  • 23/03/2017 - Rural services and infrastructure – call for views
    Scottish Rural Action represents the views of rural Scotland at a European level through the European Rural Parliament (ERP) and is calling for evidence on rural services and infrastructure to feed into the European-wide view. Members can take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be accessed here and choose ‘S
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  • 23/03/2017 - Record year for food and drink exports
    Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. The figures show that: Food exports alone grew by 22% to £1.5 billion. The fish a
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  • 23/03/2017 - Digital strategy launched
    Plans to boost the number of digital jobs to 150,000 by 2021 have been outlined in the Scottish Government’s new digital strategy. Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World sets out how the Scottish Government intends to place digital at the heart of everything it does from reforming public services to delive
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  • 23/03/2017 - Support for low carbon rural energy innovations
    A multi-million pound fund is being made available to assist innovative local energy projects in rural parts of Scotland. Projects that have the potential to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and boost local economies will be able to apply for up to £100,000 from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Pro
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  • 23/03/2017 - Cairngorms Community Development Network
    Scottish Land & Estates attended this event aimed at giving community development practitioners an opportunity to meet and discuss areas of common interest. The key focus of the meeting was on the empowerment agenda and specifically the provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, including Community Asset Tra
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  • 23/03/2017 - Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC)
    A meeting of the AoCC was held at the Lecht Ski Centre this week, at which Scottish Water were there to answer queries regarding recent taste and smell issues with the water supply. Scottish Water detailed the measures that have been taken to rectify the issue, including, cleaning tanks and pipes and more regular testing of t
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  • 22/03/2017 - Annual Joint Meeting NAF-LAF
    On Friday 17th March the National Access Forum and Local Access Forum held a joint annual meeting at the SNH offices in Battleby. The event focused on various aspects of promoting the benefits of access and making responsible access happen. A series of presentations looking at various initiatives around exercising dogs as par
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  • 22/03/2017 - Tay Catchment - Beaver Survey 2017
    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 in the spring of 2017.  The survey will be founded on a repeat of the 2012 Tayside Beaver Study Group s
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  • 22/03/2017 - Superfast Broadband Extended
    £15.6 million of is being reinvested in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project which is going to be used to target areas with the lowest speeds. The Digital Scotland contract uses public investment and investment from BT includes a clawback that requires BT to return part of the public investment when uptake su
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  • 22/03/2017 - Monitor Estate Project – are you interested?
    The Scottish Enterprise Rural Team is keen to gauge the level of interest in establishing a “Monitor Estate Project” using the agriculture monitor farm model.  This model has been used successfully in the farming and agritourism sectors, and Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Land & Estates want to hear from you if you wou
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  • 22/03/2017 - Digital Strategy Published
    Scotland’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world was published on Wednesday. Digital skills, cyber security, digital diversity are all included in the document. The Strategy includes recognition of the disadvantage rural Scotland is facing due to a lack of digital connectivity. Regard
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  • 20/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 March 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 March 2017.
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