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  • 26/05/2017 - Review of National Parks across Scotland
    Earlier this week a debate was held in Scottish Parliament on the establishment of new National Parks in Scotland. The motion, in the name of Finlay Carson asked the Parliament to recognise the value of Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty and calls on the Scottish Government to conduct a review of National Parks and consi
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  • 25/05/2017 - The Scotia Winch Challenge is looking for a new home.
      The Scotia Winch Challenge (the UKs premier off-road driving competition) is currently looking for a new home.   Due to the owners of their current site starting major timber harvesting operations they had to cancel last year’s competition and as they have not as yet secured a new venue they will not be hold
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  • 25/05/2017 - Country Loving - new TV series
    Has your love of the land stopped you from finding the love of your life? Does your rural lifestyle make it difficult to meet potential partners? Boundless, the producers of Escape to the Country, Great British Railway Journeys and Grand Designs are currently searching for rural people, of any age who are struggling t
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  • 25/05/2017 - Rural leaders come together for Future of Forestry
      Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray, joined major players from rural Scotland for a dinner to discuss the Future of Forestry on Wednesday evening.  Organised by ConFor and RSPB and hosted by Turcan Connell, the dinner was a chance to hear a range of views from across the rural sector, including the thoughts of Cabinet Se
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  • 25/05/2017 - River Clyde water quality improves
      Investment in the River Clyde has helped tackle pollution and restore habitats, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed. SEPA has reported that the Clyde is in significantly better health than expected thanks to investment by Scottish Water, SEPA, farmers and local authorities.   Between 2010 a
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  • 25/05/2017 - New inshore fisheries pilots
      New pilots will look at ways of improving the management of inshore fisheries to ensure coastal communities make the most of their waters, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed. The Scottish Government will work with the industry over the coming weeks to identify areas which could host the pilots.   T
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  • 25/05/2017 - Visit to Winston Churchill Venison
      Organised by Countryside Learning Scotland, a group of S4 students from Dunoon Grammar School had the opportunity to visit Winston Churchill Venison at Ardtaraig Estate to learn about the venison production business. The students found out about the processes involved in getting the deer from mountain to plate, as well
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  • 25/05/2017 - Current consultations - 25 May 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 25/05/2017 - New senior management team unveiled to drive forward land-based business agenda
    Scottish Land & Estates today announced a new senior management structure for the organisation to drive forward the agenda of land-based businesses in Scotland. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said major issues such as Brexit and the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act will require the o
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  • 23/05/2017 - Joint statement on Scottish game shooting proposals
    Following this morning’s hearing of the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, organisations representing the game shooting community issued the following statement. “We are disappointed that the committee voted narrowly in favour of a course of action which includes examining the
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 May 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 May 2017.  
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 May 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 19/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Refutes STFA Claims
    In response to a statement from the STFA which claimed that there is a widespread move to ‘replace tenant farmers with trees’, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.   David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Land owners want to make the best use of the land. That includes diffe
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  • 19/05/2017 - 800th Living Wage employer accredited
    Gorgie City Farm has become the 800th Scottish-based Living Wage accredited employer. Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Keith Brown made the announcement while visiting the farm where he met staff benefitting from their commitment to fair work principles. The Scottish Government has set a target of reaching 1,000 Scottish-based
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  • 19/05/2017 - Surge in overseas visitors
    Scotland experienced a 6% surge in visitors from overseas in 2016, new figures show. Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted an additional 155,000 overseas visits were made to Scotland last year compared with 2015, strongly supported by a rise in the number of tourists from North America.
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  • 19/05/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    Following on from Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) the National Rural Mental Health Forum held its 3rd meeting at Islington. Plans were discussed for further awareness raising of the work of the Forum including at the Royal Highland Show. Members attending the Scottish Land & Estates conference will receive an informat
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  • 19/05/2017 - Brodies CPO roadshow
    Brodies LLP continued their series of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) roadshows in Pitlochry this week. The discussion included advice for landowners faced with CPOs for the A9 dualling, noting that the golden role is to presume and assume nothing. Brodies insisted that early and continued dialogue with Transport Scotland is
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  • 19/05/2017 - GWCT organises visit for school pupils to Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead to find out what’s all going on the farm at this time of year
      Pupils from Tynewater Primary School, Pathhead, Midlothian and from Elphinstone Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian visited Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead this week to see what is currently happening down on the farm.  The youngsters saw at first hand sheep, lambs, cattle and calves along with samples of wheat, barley, b
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  • 19/05/2017 - UK General Election
    Political parties have this week been launching their manifestoes for the UK General Election.  For links to their respective policy platforms which have been launched so far, please see below. Conservative Party - Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future Liberal Democrats - Change B
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  • 18/05/2017 - Tree health problems on Mull
    A second meeting with forestry owners on Mull and FCS, which was aimed at finding a way forward in tackling tree health issues, was held on the island on Tuesday.  Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray went over to support our members. Of particular concern is an outbreak of Phytophthora Ramorum in larch and rhododendron.  T
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