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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 - 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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    • 16/03/2017 - Dumfries & Galloway Strategic Housing Forum
      Dumfries and Galloway Council hosted the first meeting of the Strategic Housing Forum. The day provided an opportunity to set the background against which the new Housing Strategy will be set. The Local Authority generally have a positive view of the private rented sector’s contribution to their housing supply, particularly
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    • 16/03/2017 - South-west-Scotland LDNS AGM
      Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates was invited to attend the SWS Local Deer Network Scotland meeting held at the Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway. A general update was provided to the group on the SNH Deer Management Review followed by discussions on this. It is anticipated the ECCLR committee will be submitting a lette
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    • 09/03/2017 - Ayrshire LEADER launch crowdfunding website
      Ayrshire LEADER have teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch a new online platform for groups, organisations and businesses to raise money awareness and support. Ayrshire LEADER’s Local Action Group (LAG) is the first in the UK to embrace this fundraising concept with the launch of #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire. Read more…
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    • 09/03/2017 - Delivery Group meetings note
      I am writing to follow up on the three LDP ‘Delivery Group’ meetings held with stakeholders in October and November 2016, and to thank you for your involvement in the LDP process to date. The three meetings focussed on Housing Delivery, Rural Issues and Business and Industry. We promised that we would distribute a not
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    • 09/02/2017 - Lanarkshire LEADER makes its first award
      The programme opened in late 2016 and now the LEADER Local Action Group have made a grant offer of £18,220 to Lanark-based award-winning social enterprise CCI Scotland. With the funding, CCI will carry out feasibility and business planning on a number of potential social enterprise ventures. CCI deliver a range of health imp
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    • 09/02/2017 - New fund for community arts projects in Dumfries & Galloway
      DG Unlimited, an organisation that promotes and supports the creative industries across Dumfries and Galloway has just launched its new ‘Get involved, Get Inspired’ fund. Aimed at supporting a wide range of cultural and creative events and activities in local communities, the £8,000 fund can make awards of up to £500 to
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    • 12/12/2016 - Forest Watch - tackling crime in Galloway's forests
      A new partnership is working together to reduce rural crime and anti-social behaviour within Galloway’s forests. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), contractors and Police Scotland have teamed up for the ‘Forest Watch’ initiative. The main aim of the initiative is to continue the work that began earlier in the yea
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    • 07/12/2016 - South Ayrshire Call for Sites
      South Ayrshire Council is holding a “call for sites” to inform the preparation of the next South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (LDP2). The Council is particularly, but not exclusively interested in suggestions for residential sites in and around the settlements of Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Monkton and Symington. Sites
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    • 24/08/2016 - Walk & Talk Event Douglas & Angus Estates
      A small band of dedicated Scottish Land & Estates members gathered at Kinnox Farm, near Glespin, part of the Douglas and Angus Estates, for an excellent three part Walk & Talk event on the 22nd August. Kinnox Farm is the base site of the Glentaggart Opencast Coal Site restoration which was the first port of call for the e
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    • 01/07/2016 - Black grouse in southern Scotland focus of a new conservation plan
      A new strategic conservation plan has been launched on 1 July 2016 outlining management required to stop the decline of black grouse in southern Scotland, increase numbers and encourage recolonisation of lost range. The plan was launched by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, at the GWCT Scotti
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    • 01/07/2016 - Walk & Talk at Raehills - 30 June 2016
      A group of members of Scottish Land and Estates from across Central and southern Scotland, gathered at an overcast Raehills, to discuss Energy efficient, sustainable and economic housing on estates, using existing housing stock.   Stating at Raehills, David Johnstone welcomed the [arty and started the discussions by explain
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    • 03/05/2016 - Police Scotland Rural Watch update - Rural Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway
      There has been a variety of incidents throughout the counties.   Warning of persons coming on to premises, befriending and then asking for diesel. On occasions a business card has been shown. Caution advised. Police advice is don’t give or sell any fuel and certainly do not consider renting out farm machinery to th
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    • 06/04/2016 - Police Scotland Rural Watch update - Rural Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway
        There has been a marked increase in the number of enquiries Police Scotland has received asking for advice on persons visiting your property or that of a neighbour. This shows good progress as it means that those of us in rural Scotland are all starting to notice more around us and that if you or a family member feels
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    • 16/02/2016 - New Phase in Tourism for Ayrshire
      You may now be aware of the changes which will affect tourism in Ayrshire with effect from 31 March 2016, when the pan-Ayrshire Tourism Team will cease to exist as one entity. Essentially each council will organise its own tourism resource in each council area and deliver some pan-Ayrshire activity in a joined up way as and w
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    • 16/02/2016 - Borders SNP team combine to urge better EU deal for the borders
        Leading SNP politicians in the Borders are joining forces to back Scottish Government proposals for a major change in EU administrative region boundaries within Scotland, which could lead to the Borders and other South Scotland areas accessing far better funding options from Brussels.   Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Ca
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    • 08/05/2015 - Castle Kennedy Gardens
      Members may be interested to know Castle Kennedy Gardens website has been launched.  http://castlekennedygardens.com/ "We are delighted with the new website created for us by Rare. It was developed to provide Castle Kennedy Gardens with a comprehensive online presence. The clean design makes the Gardens look great and th
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    • 01/04/2015 - Successful Walk & Talk Event at Raehills
      At another fully booked Walk & Talk event in the South West region, members toured a Passivhaus development renovation project at Raehills in Dumfries & Galloway.  The site will comprise of 4 units which, currently, are all at different stages of development from empty shell through to internal works and fitting of insulatio
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    • 26/03/2015 - Historic Caerlaverock woodland to be managed under pioneering new tenure arrangement
       Two Dumfriesshire woodsmen – and their families – have taken on the management of historic Castle Wood next to Caerlaverock Castle on th e Solway coast, under a Woodlot Licence. The Scottish Woodlot Association (SWA) has continued its steady expansion of the model with this latest signing of a Woodlot Licence agree
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    • 17/03/2015 - Low energy housing could help tackle fuel poverty and shortage of affordable rural homes, MSPs told
      A Dumfriesshire estate owner who has provided pioneering, low energy housing has told a cross-party group of MSPs about the role such developments could play in easing fuel poverty and the shortage of affordable rural homes across Scotland. Jamie Carruthers, owner of the Dormont Estate, was at the Scottish Parliament to p
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    • 15/01/2015 - New Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Website
      The new Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere website is now live and can be seen on; http://www.gsabiosphere.org.uk/ The website is a work in progress and will benefit from the posting of current news / features. A regular e-newsletter will start in January 2015.  
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    • 15/01/2015 - Renfrewshire Rural Watch
      Following an increase in rural crime within Renfrewshire, Scottish Land & Estates has helped to establish a new scheme – Renfrewshire Rural Watch – which is being managed and supported through Elderslie Estates.  Renfrewshire Rural Watch will be an independent group consisting of farmers, land managers and rural busi
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    • 18/12/2014 - Christmas Cheer for Kirkcudbright Woodsman
      A Kirkcudbright woodsman has become the latest in Scotland to benefit from a Woodlot Licence. The Scottish Woodlot Association (SWA) has continued its steady expansion of the model with the recent signing of its third Woodlot Licence agreement, at The Stell near Kirkcudbright. George Moore, 52, the new holder of the W
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    • 30/10/2014 - Dormont Passivhaus Walk and Talk Event
      A small but select group of members met at Dormont Estate on 23rd October 2014 to hear about, and see, the award winning Passivhaus development at Dormont Park and ask the question “Is Passivhaus the future for housing in rural Scotland?”.  Estate owner Jamie Carruthers told how the development had come about before arch
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    • 16/10/2014 - Ayrshire & Arran Forestry & Woodland Strategy Launched
      An innovative strategy could see 3 million more trees planted in Ayrshire and Arran as a result of the new Ayrshire and Arran Forestry and Woodland Strategy launched on Wednesday 8 October 2014 at Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire.    The strategy has been developed by the Ayrshire Green Network Partnership (AGNP),
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    • 24/09/2014 - Latest Rural Security Walk & Talk Event
      Attendees met at Morrisons Farm, Dumfries House for the latest in a series of Rural Security Walk & Talk events being held in the South West region.  PC Graeme Gordon and Oliver Middlemiss (Dumfries House) led the group around the farm steading to look at their security system, discuss good practice and share ideas. Rea
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    • 04/09/2014 - New addition to biomass heat specialist team
        In response to the growing number of commercial biomass customers in the Central Belt and south of Scotland, Paul Cairns has joined biomass specialist hwenergy as Senior Commercial Projects and Account Manager, based in the company’s Belshill office.    Formerly Commercial Sales Manager at VGEnergy and Nati
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    • 29/08/2014 - South West Member Event
      Many thanks to Armstrong Watson who sponsored the South West members’ informal update event.  Around 40 members listened to staff provide updates on CAP Reform, Ag Holdings and Land Reform, political lobbying and regional key work areas. Following the updates, discussion and questions were aplenty from the members –
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    • 06/08/2014 - Masterplan Development Project Exhibition
      The Mount Stuart Trust is to hold an exhibition to showcase a major development project on the island that will transform historic and unused buildings and provide residential homes and self-catering holiday accommodation.   The three-year initiative is being funded by an investment by the Trust in excess of £8 mill
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    • 18/07/2014 - Is it not a dream for all foresters to one day damage their own woods?
      This was the view of one of the attendees to the Woodlots Walk & Talk event which took place at Corsewall Estate, Stranraer on Tuesday 15 July.  The key people involved were in attendance at the event - Angus Carrick Buchanan, landowner, Mark Rowe, licence holder and Scottish Woodlots Association.  Attendees openly
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    • 10/07/2014 - Trade Member Plan Bee Scoops Small Business of The Year
      Lanarkshire based eco-innovation business Plan Bee was named Small Business of the Year at the Business Green Leaders Awards in London on Wednesday evening.   Now in their fourth year, the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards are the UK’s most prestigious awards for the growing green economy and celebrate the leading busin
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    • 10/04/2014 - Who's Watching Who?
      Lord and Lady Stair hosted the latest Walk & Talk event series at Stair Estates in the South-West region.   Focused on rural crime and wider liaison with the police,attendees were given the opportunity to speak with the Firearms Officer and Wildlife Crime Officer for the area   PC Gemma Gibb was also on hand to tak
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    • 10/04/2014 - First tree planted under new tenure model
      "Planting the first tree on a woodlot in Scotland at Corsewall Estate" Left to right: Angus Carrick-Buchanan; Mark Rowe; Dr Aileen McLeod MSP. Woodlot Licence holder Mark Rowe recently got his first season’s tree planting off the mark when he was joined in the woods by Dr Aileen McLeod, local South of Scotland
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    • 19/03/2014 - Dumfries and Galloway Wood Fuel Forum - Study
      Steve Luker Associates Ltd has been commissioned by Dumfries and Galloway Council and Forestry Commission Scotland to carry out a wood fuel forum study.   1.     Identify woodfuel suppliers operating within D&G 2.     Assess woodfuel demand within D&G 3.     Review potential future developments within D&G,
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    • 19/03/2014 - Airport Conducts Travel Demand Survey
      PRESTWICK Airport is conducting a new Ayrshire-wide survey to research demand for both business and leisure travel. The aim is to find out what local people’s needs are for air travel by detailing what routes they currently fly and what routes that they would like to see provided in the future from their local airport P
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    • 26/02/2014 - Whole Estate Development Planning Discussion Event
          A room of Scottish Land & Estates members from across the regions met at Drumlanrig earlier this week to discuss Whole Estate Development Planning. Mark Coombs and Andrew Sneddon of Buccleuch provided an overview presentation of the business tool which is used to assist in the effective management of land u
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    • 08/01/2014 - Landowners salute success of community buyout scheme
      Scottish Land & Estates, which represents landowners throughout Scotland, today welcomed the imminent community buyout of land in Dumfries & Galloway.   Johnstonebridge Centre and Community Development Trust will bring four plots of local land into community ownership on January 17 when it receives £100,000 from the
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    • 27/09/2013 - Ecoliving experience at Three Glens
      Around 20 delegates met at Three Glens, Moniaive for the latest Walk & Talk event in the South West region.  Neil Gourlay led the group to visit his wind turbine and hydro schemes before heading back for a tour of the house which encompasses eco living and is aiming for ‘utility bill freedom’.  Attendees openly dis
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    • 23/08/2013 - Galloway Country Fair
      Three generations of the Duncan family from Newlands Estate, D&G, were on the stand at this year’s Galloway Country Fair to see their ex head keeper, Bobby Renwick, presented with a Long Service Award for 32 years service.  National Chairman, Luke Borwick, presented Bobby with the award. Despite the poor weather on the
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    • 08/08/2013 - Parliamentary motion to congratulate Corsewall Estate
      Aileen McLeod, SNP member for the South of Scotland, lodged a parliamentary motion to note the creation of Scotland's first woodlot licence on Corsewall Estate, near Stranraer.  Congratulation were passed to Angus Carrick-Buchanan, owner of Corsewall Estate and Scottish Land & Estates South West Committee member along wi
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    • 08/08/2013 - Galloway in woodland tenancy 'first' for Scotland
      A new woodland tenancy which gives opportunity to new entrants in the Scottish forestry sector has been created.  This form of forest tenure has been established in Galloway and is the first of its type in Scotland. Mark Rowe has become the first holder of a woodlot licence issued under the auspices of the Scottish
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    • 02/08/2013 - Prince’s Trust – ‘Get Into Woodlands’ project – Can you help?
      Further to meeting with representatives from the Prince’s Trust and Dumfries House, they are still seeking 5 work experience venues – 4 for the first week (commencing 14 October) and 1 for the second week (commencing 21 October). Full details and explanatory notes on the project can be found within the attached Factsheet.
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    • 02/08/2013 - Galloway in woodland tenancy 'first' for Scotland
      "Signing the first woodlot licence in Scotland at Corsewall Estate" (Mark Rowe, Woodlot licence holder (left), and Angus Carrick-Buchanan, Corsewall Estate (right))   A new form of forest tenure has been established in Galloway, the first of its type in Scotland Mark Rowe has become the first holder of a
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    • 18/07/2013 - Funded Youth Build Project Opportunity For Members in East Ayrshire
      Following on from a meeting with Ian Borgoyne, Opportunities for All Co-ordinator with East Ayrshire Council and Claire Baird, Business Liaison Co-ordinator with Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce we are looking for estates / farms in East Ayrshire who may be interested in becoming involved in a new Youth Build project focussed on
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    • 18/07/2013 - Wild Seasons
      Iain Wilson the Wild Seasons project officer is working with consultants Bowles Green to run a series of workshops and familiarisation visits to help businesses across D&G develop new strategies that engage with Wildlife Tourism. The workshops will focus on what you can do to help market your business and its association
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    • 08/07/2013 - Thrive for Business Newsletter - latest issue
      The latest newsletter from Thrive for Business can be found by clicking here. Remember, members of Scottish Land & Estates within D&G are entitled to attend one free networking event.
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    • 04/07/2013 - Walk & Talk Event at Raehills Estate
      Members from across the country met at Raehills Estate, St Anns, Lockerbie on Tuesday 25 June for an event looking at ‘How to Renovate Hard to Treat Houses’. This Walk & Talk event was a first for the South West region and proved highly successful with registration closed due to full numbers after only one week.  Del
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    • 19/06/2013 - Rural Dumfries & Galloway Leader
      Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER is delighted to announce that it will open up for one final round of applications for this current programme. Decisions will be taken at the LEADER Local Action Group meeting on 5th December 2013 but in the meantime anyone interested in submitting an application should contact the LEADER o
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    • 06/06/2013 - New Tourism Industry Website - Register Now!
      The Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team wants to keep you up to date with relevant news, research, events and training information to help you grow your business and connect with others across the sector. They have developed and launched a new industry website – www.ayrshire-arran.org – to allow you to do this! It will
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    • 04/06/2013 - SEPA inspections to commence in North Ayrshire
      Dear All Just to inform you that we have been notified of impending SEPA inspections (one to one) which will soon commence in the North Ayrshire area – focussing on Saltcoats / Ardrossan / Largs / Seamill. SEPA inspectors will be using the handheld devices in the field and all being well, the letters will now be
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    • 27/05/2013 - Glazert Water Catchment project
      Our changing climate and recent wet weather highlights the importance of understanding and improving the way river catchments are managed.  To help inform this, SEPA is running a project in the Glazert Water Catchment, one of four catchments selected across Scotland.  SEPA have commissioned the EnvioCentre to carry out pha
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    • 20/05/2013 - Rural Watch Ayrshire
        For the latest update from Rural Watch Ayrshire please click on attachment below.
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    • 16/05/2013 - Situations Vacant: Dumfries And Galloway Local Outdoor Access Forum Representative Required
        Dumfries and Galloway local outdoor access forum is currently looking to recruit a new member to represent landownership and management interests in discussions about outdoor access, including dispute resolution, in the area.   Scottish Land & Estates are asked to fill land management representative places on
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    • 13/05/2013 - Thrive Newsletter for Dumfries & Galloway
      Thrive D&G is a networking club that focuses on food, farming and tourism. We book appropriate speakers in these core sectors which reflect the regions strengths.  The network welcomes delegates across the public sector, private sector, industry and commerce. To view the Thrive newsletter please click on the attachment
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    • 10/05/2013 - River basin planning and flood risk management: River Nith pilot catchment
        SEPA are delivering a funded pilot catchment project in the Nith which aims to work with local landowners and land managers on a voluntary basis to demonstrate options to combine improvements to river habitats, with measures that will help to reduce flood risk, whilst ensuring proper consideration of existing land use.
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    • 24/04/2013 - Call for Galloway National Park
      A campaign has been launched to have a national park created in Galloway. Galloway is one of seven areas across Scotland which it is claimed could be home to a national park.  Two already exist - the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 03/04/2013 - Dumfries & Galloway Rural Awards 2013
      The D&G LEADER Programme is to hold the fourth Dumfries & Galloway Rural Awards in 2013 to celebrate some of the best and most innovative projects delivered across Dumfries & Galloway over the last four years. You are now being encouraged to submit an entry for your project.  The closing date for all nominations is Frida
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    • 06/03/2013 - RHI Seminar - presentations now available
      With respect to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) seminar held at Dumfries House on 12 February, presentations have now been uploaded to the Use Woodfuel website, along with guides to applying for the RHI and a series of technical guides relating to woodfuel and woodland management.  The presentations and additional in
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    • 07/02/2013 - Ayrshire Rural Tourism Initiative
      Background As you may know, a new tourism team for Ayrshire & Arran was established last summer.  Supported by all three Ayrshire Councils, manager Ros Halley now leads a small dedicated team tasked with making the most of Ayrshire’s coast, land and heritage.  Focusing on the areas considered by the Ayrshire &
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    • 15/01/2013 - Dumfries & Galloway LEADER - Rural House news
      The latest issue of Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Rural House news can be found by clicking on the document below.
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    • 03/01/2013 - Rural Watch
      Nearly five years ago PC Graeme Gordon moved from North Ayrshire sub division to work as a Community Officer based in Prestwick and covering the Kyle Ward area.  He very quickly realised that as well as the many villages Kyle Ward encompasses there is also a large rural community - the farming community - who very often get f
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    • 11/12/2012 - The Solway Centre for Environment & Culture
      The Solway Centre for Environment & Culture, which was launched in October, brings together the study of environment and culture to create a pioneering research environment. Based at the University of Glasgow's Dumfries Campus, the centre combines expertise in tourism, ecocriticism, heritage, cultural studies, ecology and envir
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    • 11/12/2012 - Clyde Breakers - Winter issue now available
      The Winter issue of the Firth of Clyde Forum's newsletter - Clyde Breakers - is now available and can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 11/12/2012 - Galloway forest tourism project moves forward
      Forestry Commission Scotland’s multi-million pound project to improve forest visitor services in Galloway Forest Park aims to drive tourism to the region all year round.  The ambitious project will see a new visitor centre complex at Kirroughtree, a totally modernised centre at Clatteringshaws and an upgraded centre at Glentr
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    • 09/11/2012 - East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan Newsletter
      To view the latest newsletter please click here. This quarterly newsletter will keep you informed about the latest progress on the LDP and will let you know how and when you can get involved. Further details on the MIR responses and newsletter can be found on the Local Development Plan pages of the Council's website, which wil
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    • 09/11/2012 - Ayrshire Priority Catchment update
      The first revisits in the Ayrshire Priority Catchment have started with many land managers already implementing mitigation measures to reduce diffuse pollution risks. The initial visits in the Doon Catchment are continuing but with fewer resources, this will be ongoing. Work has also started on planning visits for the Garnock,
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    • 09/11/2012 - Ash tree disease found in Stewartry
      A disease deadly to ash trees has been found in the Stewartry. The Forestry Commission has revealed that chalara ash dieback has been discovered in Dalbeattie Town Wood. For the full story please click here.
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    • 18/10/2012 - Stars come out in Dalmellington Dark Sky Observatory
         The world’s first large public use observatory within a gold tier Dark Sky Park was officially opened today at Craigengillan Estate, Dalmellington, by the Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland.   Its location, on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, set up in 2009 by Forestry Commission Scotla
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    • 25/09/2012 - Launch of the official programme - 2012 Day of the Region
      Dumfries & Galloway LEADER have officially launched the programme for this year's Day of the Region. The programme lists over 130 events and features more than 250 activities and promotions.  The programme can be downloaded by clicking here. Day of the Region is an exciting initiative which aims to encourage communities to ex
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    • 25/09/2012 - Update to D&G Strategic Housing Investment Plan
      Dumfries and Galloway is set to land an extra £6m for new housing projects. For a full update to the plan, please click here.
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    • 25/09/2012 - Community and estate working together
      Scottish Land & Estates member, Caerlaverock Estate, have recently opened a new tea room and shop for the benefit of the local community. Both ventures are housed together within a striking new building of contemporary design, on Glencaple quay.  The building enjoys spectacular views of the river Nith and South towards the Sol
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    • 25/09/2012 - Farms to be created by Forestry Commission
      Farming in Dumfries & Galloway could soon receive a boost through the creation of small holdings suitable for first time farmers. The full story can be found by clicking here.
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    • 25/09/2012 - Rural House newsletter
      The Autumn 2012 edition of the newsletter from Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER can be found by clicking here.
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    • 03/09/2012 - Galloway & Southern Ayrshire biosphere newsletter
      The latest issue of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire biosphere newsletter can be found by clicking here. This issue includes the latest news on the project and a full list of events - including an event in partnership with Scottish Land & Estates which will take place on Tuesday 12 September - spaces still available.
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    • 03/09/2012 - Information required
      Police are still looking for additional information in relation to an incident which happened on Saturday 28 July on the B743 Dailly to Girvan road, where a 48 year old male was knocked down and killed whilst making his way home. It is thought that the accident happened between the hours of 0120 and 0305 on the Saturday morning
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    • 03/08/2012 - Country House Rescue - Craufurdland
      Members may be interested to watch Country House  Rescue on Craufurdland a castle hidden away in 600 acres of land in Ayrshire Scotland which is owned by Scottish Land & Estate members Simon Craufurd and his wife Adity. View programme...
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    • 20/07/2012 - Area recognised by the UN
      Landscape and environment within South West Scotland has been internationally recognised as world class when it comes to conservation by being granted biosphere status. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Rampaging bikers causing chaos
      Tearaway quad bikers are wreaking havoc in Upper Nithsdale. To view the full story please click here.
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    • 20/07/2012 - Crime alert - Ayrshire
      Members in Ayrshire are being urged to be extra vigilant following a rise in thefts from rural properties across Ayrshire. The thefts have ranged from small hand tools to vehicles.  Therefore, always ensure outbuildings are safely locked with keys kept away from these buildings; remove valuable items from cars; be vigilant! S
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    • 10/07/2012 - Thrive - Growth for Business
      The June newsletter from Thrive - Growth for Business (Dumfries & Galloway) is now available by clicking here. This latest issue provides information on events within Dumfries & Galloway, the forthcoming Arts Festival and Destination D&G.
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    • 05/07/2012 - Exemplar Development Wins Rural Housing Award
      David Major, White Hill Design Studio LLP, Jamie Carruthers, Dormont Estate  and Kirsty McLuckie, Property Editor, The Scotsman Scottish Land & Estates member Jamie Carruthers of Dormont Estate, Lockerbie, last Thursday in Glasgow won a prestigious award at the Scottish Home Awards 2012.  Competing alongside nationally re
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    • 07/06/2012 - West/Southwest Rural Heritage Tourism Group meets
      Scottish Land & Estates West/Southwest Rural Heritage Tourism Group met at Craufurdland Castle in Ayrshire last Wednesday (30 May).  The Group, chaired by Simon Houison Craufurd, aims to work with initiatives that promote a range of rural tourism offerings which have a built, natural or cultural heritage link.  The agenda c
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    • 29/05/2012 - South West Landowners Share Tourism Worries with Minister
      LANDOWNERS in the South West have met with Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, to discuss barriers to tourism and development in the countryside. The meeting, held at Dumfries House, looked at many of the difficulties around starting up and maintaining successful rural tourism enterpri
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    • 25/05/2012 - Businesses wanted to boost Galloway's forest tourism
      Forestry Commission Scotland is looking for dynamic entrepreneurs to help run the new £4.5m visitor services planned for Galloway Forest Park. Expressions of interest are being sought to help manage the new tourism facilities which include a new visitor complex at Kirroughtree, a totally modernised centre at Clatteringshaws an
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    • 25/05/2012 - MSP impressed by pioneering low-energy rural homes
      South Scotland MSP and Shadow Minister for the Environment Claudia Beamish has visited the pioneering Dormont Estate 'passive house' development near Lockerbie to learn more about its innovative use of energy conservation to create affordable rural housing. Landlord Jamie Carruthers and Sarah-Jane Laing of Scottish Land & Estat
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    • 22/05/2012 - Ayrshire LEADER - funding still available
      The Ayrshire LEADER Local Action Group is urging any community groups, organisations, partnerships or public agencies who seek funds to deliver a project that meets the aims of the Ayrshire Programme, to get in touch now... Priority will be given to robust applications for projects which demonstrate a strong match funding profi
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    • 15/05/2012 - MSP Impressed by Pioneering Low-Energy Rural Homes
      South Scotland MSP and Shadow Minister for the Environment Claudia Beamish has visited the pioneering Dormont Estate ‘passive house’ development near Lockerbie  to learn more about its innovative use of energy conservation to create affordable rural housing. Landlord Jamie Carruthers and Sarah-Jane Laing of Scottish Land &
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    • 19/04/2012 - Additional funding for LEADER applications in Dumfries & Galloway
      Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER are delighted to announce that they have secured a further £574,000 from Scottish Government for projects across the region.  The rural development programme based in New Abbey was assessed with 19 other Scottish areas before the Scottish Government announced that Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Pro
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    • 19/04/2012 - SEPA Ayrshire Priority Catchment update
      SEPA have issued an update on work undertaken in the Ayrshire Priority Catchment area.  This covers the period 2011-12. If you would like a summary of this report, please contact Teresa Dougall, Scottish Land & Estates General Manager (Regions) at teresa.dougall@scottishlandandestates.co.uk
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    • 05/04/2012 - East Renfrewshire Council - SPG revisions adopted
      Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on Development Contributions and SPG on Affordable Housing, Second Revision, were approved for adoption by East Renfrewshire Council on 14 March 2012.  These two documents have now been adopted as a non-statutory material consideration, supplementary to the East Renfrewshire Local Plan (Ado
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    • 04/04/2012 - Thrive for Business Newsletter
      The April edition of the Thrive for Business Newsletter is available now by clicking here This edition contains details on forthcoming Dumfries & Galloway events and full information on the next meeting which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 17 April. Please remember that Scottish Land & Estates members are entitled to on
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    • 28/03/2012 - Retirement Presentation to Forbes Edward Harper - Elderslie Estates
        Retirement award presented to Forbes Edward Harper by Mark Crichton Maitland for 52 years service at Elderslie Estates.
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    • 15/03/2012 - Noddsdale Welcomes Local MSP
      West of Scotland MSP Stuart McMillan visited Noddsdale in Largs on Monday 12 March to learn more about their enterprise and hydro scheme and how this has added to their future plans. The Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee member was given an insight into the history of their hydro scheme which was initially
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    • 15/03/2012 - South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project - assistance available
      Is your business based in Dumfries & Galloway? Do you have fewer than 250 employees? Do you want to develop your business? If you can answer yes to these questions then the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project, managed through Dumfries & Galloway Council, may be able to help you. They can offer FREE business ad
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    • 07/03/2012 - Country Guardians Needed More Than Ever As Rural Crime Remains High
      Rural Watch Ayrshire calls for more vigilance Rural Watch, Ayrshire's rural crime fighting initiative, is calling for more vigilance from residents to combat rural crime in Ayrshire as incidents of lawbreaking remain high. The creation of Strathclyde wildlife crime officer PC Graeme Gordon, Rural Watch is a neighbourhood vigil
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    • 28/02/2012 - Scottish Government grant for Dalbeattie abattoir
      A south west of Scotland firm has been awarded a £1.3m Scottish government grant towards the cost of an abattoir. The vast majority of livestock produced in the region is currently slaughtered in other parts of the UK. The new Dumfries and Galloway Food Co-operative abattoir will be located at Craignair, near Dalbeattie. Ru
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    • 28/02/2012 - Firth of Forth Futurescapes project
      The Inner Forth is an area rich in wildlife, protected under national and European law.  The area has suffered from large scale habitat loss and with the additional pressures from new development and sea level rises due to climate change, there is a need for action to protect this important national resource. The Firth of Fort
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    • 28/02/2012 - Ayrshire Priority Catchment Diffuse Pollution update
      SEPA have provided us with the following updates:- The River Ayr visits are 99% complete and revisits to the units already inspected will commence in March Visits to non-agricultural land managers will also commence in March 2 events are being organised for April - a river engineering workshop and an alternative access to w
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    • 28/02/2012 - New Thrive for Business Newsletter
      The latest issue of the Thrive for Business (Dumfries & Galloway) Newsletter is now available to download by clicking here Do remember that all members of Scottish Land & Estates, in the Dumfries & Galloway region, are entitled to one free visit to Thrive.
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    • 13/01/2012 - Dumfries & Galloway LEADER - Rural House Newsletter
      The latest edition of Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER - Rural House Newsletter Winter 2011 is now available by clicking here. This issue contains updates on Day of the Region and their latest project, Capacity for Change (C4C).
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    • 08/12/2011 - Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Strategy 2012-2017
      The finalised Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Strategy 2012-2017 is now available to view and can be seen by clicking on the attachment below. The strategy has been approved by each of the three Local Authorities and by the Ayrshire Economic Partnership.
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    • 08/12/2011 - Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve - newletter
      The second edition of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve e-newsletter is now available to view online by clicking here This edition provides features on projects that have happened or are happening across the region whilst giving full details on work being undertaken.
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    • 29/11/2011 - Stranraer and North Rhins Free Insulation Project
      You may be aware of the Stranraer and North Rhins free insulation project that is currently being managed by the Energy Agency on behalf of Dumfries & Galloway Council. The project offers all households within these areas free cavity wall insulation, loft insulation (or loft top up insulation if their current loft insulation i
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    • 15/11/2011 - Annandale Estates Welcomes Local MSP
      South of Scotland MSP Chic Brodie visited Annandale Estates on Monday (14 November) to learn more about the estates’ contribution to the local economy through rural tourism and a new community project. The Scottish Parliament Economy Energy Enterprise and Tourism Committee member was given an insight into the workings of Anna
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    • 08/11/2011 - First ‘Fracking’ Project in Scotland Given Go-Ahead
      by Sarah Swain, The Herald. Plans to begin drilling for gas using a controversial method that was blamed for an earthquake in a seaside resort has been given the green light in Scotland for the first time. The process of fracking led to tremors in Blackpool and along parts of the Lancashire coast after it dislodged geological
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    • 27/10/2011 - Alex Fergusson MSP visits Knocknalling and Forrest Estates
      Rural issues vital to Dumfries & Galloway economy Local MSP Alex Fergusson visited Knocknalling and Forrest Estates on Thursday 20 October to learn more about the contribution the estates make to the local economy and the plans for their continued investment in Dumfries & Galloway. The MSP for Galloway & West Dumfries and Scot
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    • 19/10/2011 - Squirrelpox virus found in Mauchline - assistance needed
      Following on from the discovery in Mauchline of 2 grey squirrels found to be carrying the squirrelpox virus (seropositive), the Red Squirrels in South Scotland (RSSS) project is looking for volunteers to help establish the levels of pox carrying grey squirrels in and around the area.  The project is limited in the resources it
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    • 14/10/2011 - Larch Tree Disease found in Galloway
      An outbreak of Ramorum disease in larch trees has been confirmed in private woodlands north of Newton Stewart. For full details please click here.
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    • 12/10/2011 - Top Scots sheep event to be held in Ayrshire
      The Home Farm at Dumfries House, near Cumnock in Ayrshire, has been confirmed as the venue for Scotland's national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep 2012, on Wednesday 06 June 2012. The full article can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 12/10/2011 - Funding Opportunity for Community Groups across Ayrshire
      Ayrshire Joint Planning Unit are administering a new funding programme aimed at community groups on behalf of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN).  The programme provides grants of up to £1000 for groups to carry out small scale environmental improvement projects which help achieve the aims of the CSGN. The CSGN aims to
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    • 12/10/2011 - Launch of Capacity for Change in Dumfries & Galloway
      Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme is launching a new initiative - Capacity for Change (C4C) - aimed at small, rural communities that have not previously engaged with the LEADER programme. C4C is a new approach which will see a dedicated project officer working closely with up to 10 rural communities across D&G, supporting in
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    • 12/10/2011 - Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER - Rural House News - Autumn 2011
      Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER have released their lates Rural House News for Autumn 2011.  This edition contains information on projects from across the area, along with local LEADER news.  The full newsletter can be viewed by clicking here.
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    • 12/10/2011 - Dumfries & Galloway Development Plan Scheme
      Dumfries & Gallloway Local Development Plan Dumfries & Galloway Council have recently published their updated Development Plan Scheme which can be viewed by clicking here. A further period of consultation on sites and policies is planned for December 2011 - February 2012.  The proposed Local Development Plan will then be publ
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    • 11/10/2011 - Dumfries & Galloway LEADER - Sharing experience
      Dumfries & Galloway was recently represented at a European event in Finland celebrating young people and the work they do in our rural communities.  The full article can be viewed by clicking on the attachment below.
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    • 06/10/2011 - West/South West Tourism Opportunities Highlighted
      Heritage Treasure, Dumfries House played host on Tuesday of this week to the inaugural meeting of a Scottish Land & Estates led tourism action group. The Group, chaired by Simon Craufurd of Craufurdland Ltd near Fenwick in Ayrshire, will set up a number of pilot projects aimed at putting the “rural area south of Glasgow” on
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    • 29/08/2011 - North Ayrshire – Community Outdoor Access Grant Scheme
      North Ayrshire – Community Outdoor Access Grant Scheme North Ayrshire Council in partnership with North Ayrshire Outdoor Access Forum is currently inviting applications to the innovative Community Outdoor Access Grant Scheme. Community councils and voluntary bodies, such as community groups, are invited to apply to the schem
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    • 22/08/2011 - Pioneering ‘Homes That Heat Themselves’ Unveiled
      Pioneering ‘Homes That Heat Themselves’ Unveiled EIGHT new award-winning, energy-saving rural homes for rent were yesterday (Friday 19 August) unveiled at a ceremony on the Dormont Estate near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.  The houses have been built to pioneering ‘Passivhaus’ standards, an industry benchmark of superior q
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    • 26/07/2011 - Ayrshire Rural Enterprise Award 2011
      Ayrshire Rural Enterprise Award 2011 The Rural Enterprise Award is sponsored by Scottish Government and the European Community Ayrshire LEADER 2007-2013 Programme. Ayrshire LEADER is delighted to be sponsoring this brand new award for Ayrshire that will celebrate and recognise enterprising rural communities. The LEADER Program
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    • 15/07/2011 - Scottish Enterprise Rural Property Support Programme
      Scottish Enterprise grant programme aimed at priority sectors (including food, tourism) in a specific geography which includes much of your patch. It should be noted that agriculture is not eligible but members may have qualifying businesses, which do meet the requirements. The essentials are that there may be 20% grant availabl
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    • 11/07/2011 - East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan
      For the latest news on East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan click here.  To view the July issue of the Local Development Plan enewsletter click here.
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    • 11/07/2011 - Dumfries and Galloway wind farms could raise £3m a year
      Councillors are being asked to back changes to a framework which seeks to maximise the benefits from wind energy.  For more information click here.  
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    • 05/07/2011 - Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Press Release
      The summer looks even more promising for rural communities across Dumfries & Galloway with a further £355,000 having been awarded by Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER. Seven projects ranging from encouraging Activity Tourism in Dumfries & Galloway to the further development of a region wide food and drink initiative
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    • 05/07/2011 - Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER - Rural House Newsletter Summer 2011
      Summer 2011 edition of the Rural House News newsletter.  To view the newsletter visit: http://www.dgleader.co.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=7007&p=0
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    • 27/06/2011 - Ayrshire Rural Enterprise Award 2011
      The Rural Enterprise Award is sponsored by Scottish Government and the European Community Ayrshire LEADER 2007-2013 Programme. Ayrshire LEADER is delighted to be sponsoring this brand new award for Ayrshire that will celebrate and recognise enterprising rural communities.  The LEADER Programme 2007-2013 has invested in ex
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    • 12/06/2011 - New chief executive for Dumfries House
      LANDING the post of the new chief executive for Dumfries House near Cumnock is a dream come true for Jonathan Bryant.  Originally from London, Jonathan, 58, has worked all over Britain on many prestigious projects throughout his distinguished career.  To read more click here.  
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