Regions
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 - Rachael Wright

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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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

  • 21/07/2017 - New direction for farming support anticipated by Scotland’s rural businesses
    Direct support after Brexit which balances the needs of farming and forestry business with delivering for the environment is to be welcomed, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said today’s speech by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment,
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  • 20/07/2017 - Update on Corran Ferry
      Scottish Land & Estates contacted Highland Council to understand the issues and timeframes involved in resuming the Coran Ferry Service. The service was suspended after a steering fault led to the ferry contacting rock last weekend. We are concerned the absence of this service is damaging for businesses as well as crea
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  • 20/07/2017 - Edinburgh city and region deal
      The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal will deliver inclusive economic growth across the region through housing, innovation, transport, skills and culture. It is expected that the new deal will deliver 21,000 new jobs for the area.   Speaking ahead of the official signing ceremony Economy Secre
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  • 20/07/2017 - Report highlights value of community shops
      The Plunkett Foundation has published a report highlighting the impact of community owned shops in the UK. According to the report there are 338 community owned shops in the UK, with 31 in Scotland. These shops provide vital services to 1,400 remote rural communities and have created 1,114 paid jobs and 9,605 volunteer
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  • 20/07/2017 - Smallholding Scotland
      Inspired by the Scottish Crofting Federation, a group of Scottish smallholders has set up a new organisation to represent and support their community. Smallholding Scotland is a membership organisation promoting the sustainable and purposeful use of small land holdings and has recently achieved the status of Scottish C
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  • 20/07/2017 - Private Water Supply consultation – final reminder
      Members are reminded that the deadline for submitting responses to the consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 is fast approaching. If you have any comments to make on the proposals please contact gavin.mowat@scottishlandandestates.co.uk
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  • 20/07/2017 - Seasonal farm worker survey
      Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake research to improve understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture in the summer of 2017. As part of their research SRUC are carrying out two surveys – one aimed at farm businesses and one aimed at labour provi
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  • 19/07/2017 - New research on environmental benefits of beavers - Scottish Land & Estates' response
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to new research by the University of Stirling looking at the environmenal benefits of beavers. The study, partly-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found beavers had an exceptional ability to re-create diverse wetland landscapes. However, Scottish Land & Estates said su
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  • 17/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 17 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 17 July 2017.
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  • 17/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 10 - 14 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 10 - 14 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 14/07/2017 - Trees for Life
      Scottish Land & Estates was at the 10,000 acre Dunreggan Estate to find out more about the work of Trees for Life and their plan to develop traineeships (more to follow). Trees for Life is a charity working to restore Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest. Their conservation work is carried out by volunteers and funded
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  • 13/07/2017 - Family of beavers discovered in Beauly to be moved
      A family of beavers discovered living on a river in the Beauly area will be captured and moved, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) reported today.   As this group is well away from the two current beaver populations in Scotland, in Tayside and Argyll, it’s clear they haven’t arrived by natural means.  
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  • 13/07/2017 - British Woodlands Survey 2017 – open now!
      Devolution, pests and pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change and societal attitudes are just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands. Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part in Britain’s only dedicated national survey about woodlands and forest
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  • 13/07/2017 - Housing Survey – Action Needed!
      We are running a piece of research looking at estate based housing in order to inform our lobbying during this period of numerous regulatory changes. If you have not yet completed our survey and have houses on your estate we would be grateful if you could please complete the survey by Friday 28 July 2017.   Th
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  • 12/07/2017 - Private water supply regulations consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates’ members are reminded the deadline for submitting responses to the consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 is fast approaching.   For large Type A supplies the proposals include; a new definition of the
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  • 11/07/2017 - Rural Watch Scotland launched
      Rural Watch Scotland' is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland movement and a product of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) aimed specifically at the rural community of Scotland and aims to bring all the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch to your community irrespective of its location, size or
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  • 11/07/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner – Guide to Relinquishment and Assignation
      The Tenant Farming Commissioner has released a guide on the new “relinquishment and assignation” measure introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.  The guide summarises the provisions of the 2016 Act and sets out the relevant process which will apply once the provisions come into force.     The
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  • 11/07/2017 - The Scottish Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2017
      Since April 2016, companies and Limited Liability Partnerships have been required to give information about people who have control over them.  Changes introduced on 26 June 2017 mean that requirements have now been placed on Scottish Limited Partnerships and some traditional Scottish partnerships where the members ar
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  • 10/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 10 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 10 July 2017.
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  • 10/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 03 - 07 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 03 - 07 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 10/07/2017 - Current consultations - 10 July 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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  • 07/07/2017 - Ratepayers Forum
      The Scottish Ratepayers Forum met yesterday. The forum is a biannual meeting of the Scottish Assessors, Scottish Government and sector representatives.    Hydro rates – Discussions around the anomaly in ratings of small hydro schemes continue outside the forum with Alba Energy leading the case for a technic
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  • 06/07/2017 - Loch Lomond & Trossachs Partnership Plan
      This week Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan consultation. The proposed plan sets out priorities in the three keys areas of Conservation, Rural Development and Visitor Experience.   
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  • 06/07/2017 - Views on rewilding sought for Masters Dissertation
      A Masters student at Edinburgh University is looking for landowners thoughts on rewilding.  If you have 20 minutes to complete her survey go to -  http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/~s1654365/htmlq  
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  • 05/07/2017 - SNH publish agroecological report
      Scottish Natural Heritage’s Land Use Policy Group’s report Promotion of agroecological approaches: lessons from other European countries has been published.   The report was prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). It looks at the drivers and circumstances which led to the develo
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  • 05/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 - 30 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 - 30 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 July 2017
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  • 05/07/2017 - Current consultations - 05 July 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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  • 04/07/2017 - Energy efficiency standards for private rented housing could harm rural provision of homes
    Proposals for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could risk damaging the sector to the detriment of both landlords and tenants, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents the majority of private housing providers in rural Scotland, has submitted its response to a Scottis
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  • 30/06/2017 - Eight farms and estates scoop coveted ‘Wildlife Estates Scotland’ accreditations
    Eight farms and estates scoop coveted ‘Wildlife Estates Scotland’ accreditations More than one million acres of Scottish land now WES accredited Eight Scottish farms and estates have been awarded prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. T
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  • 30/06/2017 - Energy Efficiency Consultation Response
    Scottish Land & Estates has today submitted a consultation response to Scottish Government setting out its concerns about proposals for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes.    We believe the measures as proposed risk damaging the sector. If the regulations are not manageable or appropriately
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  • 30/06/2017 - Scottish Government announces its position on deer management
    In response to ECCLR and SNH reports of deer management, Roseanna Cunningham yesterday announced the Scottish Government’s latest approach to deer management.   In a letter to the Convenor of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Cabinet Secretary Roseanne Cunningham set out a series of measure
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  • 29/06/2017 - HES initiative to combat effects of climate change on historic sites
      Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is leading an international initiative to support communities across Northern Europe in assessing the impact of climate change on historic buildings, archaeological sites and other heritage locations.   Adapt Norther Heritage brings together 15 partners from Iceland, Ireland
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  • 29/06/2017 - Scottish aquaculture thriving
    Fish and shellfish farming contributes £620 million to the national economy every year, according to new research. The industry now supports more than 12,000 jobs and Scottish aquaculture production has increased by a third in the ten years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, according to the Scottish Government and Hig
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  • 29/06/2017 - Young Workforce scheme extended
    Developing the Young Workforce launched in the islands, and nationwide scheme extended until 2021. The islands of Scotland are the latest to benefit from the creation of industry led groups dedicated to helping young people prepare for and find work.   The Scottish Government has provided more than £1million to esta
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  • 28/06/2017 - Fergus Ewing updates Rural Committee on CAP Payments
    On Wednesday of this week Fergus Ewing gave evidence to the Rural Economy Committee on the latest position with regard to CAP payments and the EU’s Pillar 1 payments deadline of 30 June. [read more]    The Scottish Government’s CAP Futures IT Programme has been beset with problems for the outset.  While Mr Ewin
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  • 26/06/2017 - Highland Infrastructure Fund
    The Scottish Government and Highland Council have launched a new fund to help with the costs to connect new affordable housing in the Highlands to infrastructure such as water and electricity. Scottish Land & Estates is delighted Scottish Government has acknowledged the issue and we hope the fund proves to be successful and a
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  • 26/06/2017 - Current consultations - 26 June 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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  • 26/06/2017 - New enterprise agency
      Economy Secretary Keith Brown has announced the creation of a new enterprise agency which will be tasked with meeting the "distinctive economic needs" of the south of Scotland when it becomes fully operational in 2020.  The new agency will effectively take over the role of Scottish Enterprise in the south of the count
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  • 26/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 26 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 26 June 2017
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  • 26/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 19 - 23 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 19 - 23 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 25/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates at the Shows
      22-25 June 2017 - Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh Scottish Land & Estates will be in the usual place at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston this year. Our Members’ Reception, sponsored by Gillespie Macandrew LLP, will be on Thursday 22 June as usual from 11.30am to 2pm, with Friday 23 being the fo
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  • 23/06/2017 - Rural Economy Committee hear evidence on Forestry Bill
    On Wednesday of last week the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee heard thoughts from a range of industry stakeholders, including Scottish Land & Estates’ member Malcolm Nicol of Ballogie Estate, on the new Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill.  The full session can be found here...  Issues which the
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  • 23/06/2017 - Forth Valley Poaching Group
    Earlier this Scottish Land & Estates attended the inaugural meeting for the renewed Forth Valley Poaching Group which was hosted by PC Laura Robertson – Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer in Callandar.  The group comprised of representatives from the National Park Police Division, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural
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  • 23/06/2017 - Devolved Taxation
    The Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay said in a Holyrood Statement that £633m had been raised in revenue from devolved taxes in 2016-17 - some £38million less than had previously been estimated. Most of the money (£484million) came from the Land and Buildings Transactions Tax, while the Scottish Landfill Tax raised £149mill
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  • 23/06/2017 - Historic Environment
    Historic Environment Scotland has now published online the latest guidance note in its series on managing change in the historic environment.  This note    Castles and Towerhouses provides guidance for anyone considering a castle consolidation or restoration project.  It will also help guide decision-makers in assessing
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  • 23/06/2017 - Taxation - Grazings
    Tax relief implications for grazings have been clarified by a First-Tier Tribunal case this year, John Carlisle Allen.  The decision helps to differentiate between investment or trading activities by a landowner.  This case, while based on operations in Northern Ireland, has relevance to a range of reliefs applicable to the
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  • 23/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes women in agriculture taskforce
    Scottish Land & Estates has said new research on women’s involvement in agriculture provides a valuable resource to the farming sector. The study, published by the Scottish Government today, looks why women are underrepresented within the agricultural industry and what mechanisms could encourage more women to choose far
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  • 22/06/2017 - Respectful countryside access promoted in new national campaign
    A new awareness campaign designed to encourage respectful access in rural Scotland has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates. Care for the Countryside, an initiative backed by farmers, rural businesses and landowners, was unveiled today at the Royal Highland Show. Three topics are the initial focus for campaig
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  • 19/06/2017 - New President for the ELO
    At their General Assembly in Estonia last week, the European Landowners’ Organisation elected a new president, Pierre-Olivier Drege.  To Read more please click on the PDF below.
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  • 19/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 June 2017
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  • 19/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 12 - 16 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 12 - 16 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 16/06/2017 - Greycoat Lumleys Scotland
    A STRONGER RELATIONSHIP TO SUPPORT MEMBERS Greycoat Lumleys, the international recruitment agency for private households and estates, is strengthening its long-standing relationship with Scottish Land & Estates by expanding its support for our organisation’s events and  members’ communications. The synergies between
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  • 16/06/2017 - John Muir Trust launch “Keep it Wild” campaign
    This week saw the John Muir Trust launch an attempt to have so called “wild land areas” formally designated and therefore protected from what they call industrial developments.  The campaign coincides with the imminent decision over the Court of Session Creag Riabhach wind farm case.  Despite claims by the Trust tha
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  • 16/06/2017 - Highland Local Housing Strategy Consultation
    Highland Council is looking for views on their draft Local Housing Strategy. The Strategy sets out the council’s housing aims for the next 5 years and covers issues such as provision of new housing, improving housing quality, and tackling homelessness. Read Strategy here...
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  • 15/06/2017 - Unemployment rate matches lowest on record
    Scotland’s unemployment rate has fallen to match the lowest rate in 25 years. It fell by 0.6 percentage points over the last quarter to 4.0%, equalling the figure for March to May 2008, and the lowest rate since the recession. The unemployment level fell by 17,000 over the quarter to 109,000, and decreased by 49,000 ove
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  • 15/06/2017 - Broadband rollout reaches new milestone
    Over 750,000 Scottish homes and businesses can now connect to fibre broadband thanks to the £428 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. It means that more than 90% of Scotland now has access to fibre broadband thanks to the programme and commercial deployment, which is part of the Scottish Government’s com
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  • 15/06/2017 - Growth outlook positive
    The latest assessment of Scotland’s economic performance has been published in Chief Economist Dr Gary Gillespie’s State of the Economy report. The report contains analysis from the Scottish Government, drawing on a range of recently published statistics, to qualify the impact that London has on various UK economic statis
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  • 15/06/2017 - £3.6m boost for Borders economy
    A business incubator centre in Hawick will help Borders businesses establish themselves and grow, thanks to a £3.6 million funding package. The funding will also: Develop four industrial units at the edge of the town Upgrade existing business facilities in Hawick’s Tower Mill Secure commitment by Scot
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  • 15/06/2017 - Private Water Supplies consultation reminder
    Members are reminded that there is a consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 which seeks responses by 28 July 2017. Scottish Land & Estates has held discussions with Scottish Government officials outlining some of our early concerns to date. If
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  • 15/06/2017 - Outdoor tourism group
    The outdoor tourism group reconvened this week. Group members updated each other on their current work and were briefed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise on plans for taking forward Adventure Tourism into 2020, including the possibility of funding for an ‘Adventure Tourism Accelerator’. Scottish Land & Estates will upda
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  • 15/06/2017 - STA to launch research project
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance has commissioned Assenti Research and EKOS Ltd to undertake research to gain a clearer insight into the impact of the rising costs within Scotland’s tourism sector. This research is being undertaken to enable the industry to demonstrate to all governments and local authorities that despite posi
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  • 15/06/2017 - New SNP Westminster Leadership
    Following the General Election, the Prime Minister has reshuffled her cabinet and details can be found here... Michael Gove is the new Environment Secretary. Junior Ministerial appointments are still being published.
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  • 15/06/2017 - IT project for rural payments ends but significant issues remain
    The legacy of an IT programme set up to deliver financial support to rural businesses still presents significant risks and costs for the Scottish Government.  Audit Scotland has reviewed the progress made in resolving serious issues with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Futures programme, created to enable the Scotti
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  • 15/06/2017 - SNP's CAP payments fiasco won't be sorted until 2018 'at the earliest' - report
    Scotland’s farmer payments crisis won’t be sorted until 2018 “at the earliest”, a damning report into the scandal has revealed. Audit Scotland said issues in relation to the SNP’s processing of Common Agricultural Policy payments “continue to have a significant impact”. It warned that “it is likely t
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  • 15/06/2017 - Post-Brexit rural support discussed at inaugural roundtable event
    The future of agriculture and rural development support, post-2020, has been discussed as a special roundtable event held in Edinburgh. Organised by Scottish Land & Estates and Scottish Environment Link, a range of stakeholders including the Scottish Government, and organisations representing farming, land management, rur
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  • 15/06/2017 - Moorland site visit for Cairngorms National Park Board
    Invercauld and Mar estates hosted a meeting  on 9th June to explain more about the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership, how moorland management helps achieve the Park objectives and the downstream benefits of private investment in the region.
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  • 15/06/2017 - HIE Housing Workshop
    This week Scottish Land & Estates participated in a workshop run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding research it has conducted on how investment in Highland and Islands housing can be stimulated. Issues identified included hidden demand, access to finance, utility connections, low and seasonal rural incomes, and pla
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  • 15/06/2017 - Energy Efficiency Workshop
    The Scottish Government has held three workshops to engage with landlords about the energy efficiency and conditions standards consultation. Scottish Land & Estates attended the Ayr event on Tuesday.  Members are reminded that the consultation closes on 30th June and we would encourage you to submit your own responses as wel
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  • 15/06/2017 - Permitted Development Rights for Electronic Communications
    An amendment order has been laid before parliament and it due to come into effect on 31 July 2017. The amendment alters the permitted development rights in relation to electronic communications equipment.  Read Permitted Development Rights Class 67 Changes...
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  • 15/06/2017 - Tail docking evidence
    The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee took evidence from Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on legislation relating to the tail docking of working dogs. You can view this evidence session here...
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  • 15/06/2017 - SRDP Scheme deadline reminder
    A reminder that the deadline for the submission of standalone slurry store applications is 30 June 2017.  Applicants are also reminded to refer to the'How to apply'and the Slurry storage guidance/supporting information to check which supporting documents are required to be submitted with the application. For example, t
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  • 15/06/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner issues first Code of Practice
    Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, has issued the first Code of Practice to be followed by landowners, tenant farmers and land agents.  Read more here...  
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  • 15/06/2017 - Fife Access Forum
    Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates attended an access meeting held by the Fife Access Forum in Glenrothes. The evening provided the opportunity for all members of the public, community councils and other community groups with an interest in the outdoors to come along and hear from the Forum and to discuss / share any i
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  • 15/06/2017 - Galloway National Park Meeting
    In the light of growing interest in the prospect of a Galloway National Park, the Southern Uplands Partnership organised an event to discuss the potential implications for the region. The invited audience heard from Tony Gates, CEO of the Northumberland National Park Authority and from John Riddle, ex Chair of the NNPA Board
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  • 15/06/2017 - Deer Management Round Table
    Earlier this week the Deer Management Round Table (DMRT) group met at the SNH offices in Battleby. The group briefly discussed the recently published Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committees report on Deer Management in Scotland and received an update on progress and next steps from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH
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  • 14/06/2017 - Amnesty on tenant’s improvements
      The Scottish Government is continuing to roll out implementation of the agricultural holdings provisions in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.     One of the key provisions in the 2016 Act relates to the amnesty on tenant’s improvements.  The amnesty commenced on 13 June 2017 and will last for 3 years.
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  • 14/06/2017 - Meeting with Housing Minister
    On Wednesday Scottish Land & Estates met with the Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP. Mr Stewart was keen to hear how members contribute to Scotland’s housing supply and how the initiatives to encourage more rural affordable housing are working. Other topics covered included the new tenancy regime and the current energy ef
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  • 12/06/2017 - Statement on ‘amnesty’ code of practice
    Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement after the publication today by the Tenant Farming Commissioner of The Code of Practice for the Amnesty on Tenants’ Improvements. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We believe wholeheartedly in the amnesty for tenants’ improvements. Our
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  • 12/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 June 2017.
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  • 12/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 June 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 09/06/2017 - SOAN Networking Day
    Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates attended the Scottish Outdoors Access Network (SOAN) networking day held in the SNH offices at Battleby.  The theme for the day was ‘The Changing Landscape for Access’ and focused on the external challenges that are affecting the roles of staff working within access, namely an o
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  • 08/06/2017 - Housing Questionnaire
    Scottish Land & Estates would be grateful if members with housing interests complete a short questionnaire. This will assist us in understanding your views on rural housing including barriers to developing new rural housing and the changing legislation. The results will enable us to represent you from a more informed position
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  • 08/06/2017 - Energy Efficiency and Conditions Standards in Private Rented Housing Consultation Reminder
    Members are reminded that the Scottish Government consultation which proposing minimum energy efficiency requirement for let property remains open until 30th June. We would encourage members to submit their own responses and to provide Katy Dickson at HQ with any suggestions and examples. For more details: Scottish Land &
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  • 08/06/2017 - Housing Roadshows
    Scottish Land and Estates’ Katy Dickson was joined by Turcan Connell and the Scottish Government on a four stop Housing Roadshow this week engaging with almost 200 people. They travelled to Inverness, Perth, Dumfries and Edinburgh to discuss the new residential tenancy, letting agent regulations and the current energy effic
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  • 08/06/2017 - Cycling tourism guide published
    A toolkit for Scottish business wishing to attract cycling visitors has been published by the Cycle Tourism Forum in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Sustrans. The guide highlights the potential of leisure cycling as a valuable revenue stream for traditional tourism businesses such as cafés and restaurants, visitor a
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  • 08/06/2017 - Place Standard film and evaluation report launched
    NHS Health Scotland and partners have published a short film about the Place Standard and an evaluation of how it is being implemented across Scotland. The Place Standard tool lets communities, public agencies, voluntary groups and others find those aspects of a place that need to be targeted to improve people’s health, wel
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  • 08/06/2017 - Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference
    This year’s Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference focused on securing a long-term and prosperous future for hydro and the benefits it can bring. While the sector awaits clarity on the future of the Feed-in-Tariff, hydro lacks a viable route to a viable market. This event comes as the effects of tariff degression are still be
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  • 08/06/2017 - Mental health waiting times
    The number of children and young people seen by mental health services (CAMHS) within the target time has increased for the third consecutive year. Figures published by ISD Scotland showed that 83.6% of people were seen within 18 weeks during the quarter ending 31 March 2017, up from 82.5% in the previous quarter. However, th
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  • 08/06/2017 - More dates added to Land Commission’s series of events
    The Scottish Land Commission has added more dates to its series of Meet & Greet events which are taking place across Scotland over the coming months. The Commission has announced the addition of three new dates to the series, with meetings to take place in Inverness, Islay and Oban. More details and to book here...  
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  • 08/06/2017 - Rural Policy lessons from around the world
    This week’s Parliamentary Rural Policy Cross-Party Group heard from Norway, Canada and Northern Ireland on their broad approach to rural policy.  At a time when Scotland likely faces big decisions about how its own rural policy should look after Brexit, the timing could not have been better [read more] The insights pro
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  • 08/06/2017 - Irrigating crops? Remember your returns
    Given the dry weather this spring, potatoes and other crops are being irrigated and SEPA expect water abstraction demand to be reasonably high this year.  If you are abstracting, remember SEPA need the paperwork.  More details here...   
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  • 08/06/2017 - Avian Influenza confirmed in Norfolk
    On Saturday  3 June, CVO UK confirmed Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 on a non-commercial smallholding near Diss, Norfolk. The premises remains under restriction and a 3 km Protection Zone and 10 km Surveillance Zone have been declared while investigations continue. The Scottish Government’s General L
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  • 06/06/2017 - More dates added to Land Commission’s series of events
      The Scottish Land Commission has added more dates to its series of Meet & Greet events which are taking place across Scotland over the coming months.   Due to the success of the first Meet & Greet events held in April and May the Commission has announced the addition of three new dates to the series, with meet
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  • 06/06/2017 - HHAS AGM
    The Historic Houses Association for Scotland (HHAS) AGM took place in The Engine Shed at Stirling, a new dedicated building conservation centre, by kind permission of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) with keynote speaker, Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at HES.  The ongoing positive working relationship betwee
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  • 05/06/2017 - Current consultations - 05 June 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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  • 05/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 June 2017.
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  • 05/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 29 May - 02 June 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 29 May - 02 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 02/06/2017 - Scottish Land Commission appoint Hamish Trench as Chief Executive
      The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has announced the appointment of Hamish Trench as their permanent Chief Executive.   Hamish will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority.  He will be responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organ
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  • 02/06/2017 - Buccleuch announces farm sales to tenants
      Buccleuch announced today it is in advanced discussions with tenant farmers with regard to them purchasing the farms they currently rent.   The prospective sales involve 10 farms totalling 7,304 acres on Buccleuch’s Bowhill, Eskdale and Liddesdale and Queensberry estates. The farms are currently occupied on
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