How SLE is supporting COP26 in Glasgow


COP26 (Conference of the Parties) 2021 takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. 

There’s no better time for SLE members and others to find out more about the crucial role land managers in Scotland play in combatting climate change. We have collated below some fantastic SLE resources for you to watch, listen to and read. During COP26 we will represent the interests and expertise of SLE members in a variety of ways to various groups and stakeholders.



ScotLand Matters Podcasts

We have produced a new series of podcasts with expert speakers covering a wide range of topics. You can listen to them on our website or via your favourite podcast platform. Choose from the podcasts below, which are all available on our podcast page.

Climate change and the land: challenges and opportunities - Professor Sir Dieter Helm, CBE

In conversation with: Bidwells' Andy Turnbull & SLE's Stephen Young on natural capital

In conversation with: The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's Ross Macleod & SLE's Calum Henderson on Auchnerran Farm

In conversation with: Experts on the future of agricultural policy

In conversation with: NatureScot's Dr Mike Cantlay and SLE's Mark Tennant on the Shared Approach to Wildlife Management including rewilding and biodiversity




We have a host of pre-recorded webinars for you to watch free of charge from any device at a time that suits you. All the webinars covering a wide range of subjects can be viewed via our website.

Protecting & enhancing your peatland assets

This must-watch 80 minute webinar features Dee Ward from Rottal Estates, Andrew McBride of Peatland Action and Freddie Ingleby and Angus Davidson from Caledonian Climate Partners.

Creating natural capital Value from your woodlands

Watch as Pat Snowdon from Scottish Forestry, Eddie Addis from Tilhill, and David McCulloch, Head of CarbonStore join SLE Head of Policy Stephen Young for an insightful discussion on this hot topic.

What is regenerative agriculture?

You’ll have heard the phrase ‘regenerative agriculture’, but do you know what it is and how it could benefit your business and the environment? Our host SLE Head of Policy, Stephen Young, is joined by Molly Biddell from Savills and Douglas Christie from Durie Farms.

SLE conference sessions

vacIn September 2021 we held our virtual flagship annual conference – The Business of Climate Change. Delegates heard from some land managers who are making real changes on the ground as well as expert speakers and advisers with vast knowledge of climate change and the role land management plays. To mark COP26, we have made the sessions available for you to watch for free, from any device on our website or on YouTube.

Professor Sir Dieter Helm CBE, Oxford University

Watch Professor Sir Dieter Helm CBE as he discusses climate change and the land: challenges and opportunities. This 45 minute presentation and Q&A session is thought provoking, and conference delegates gave it 5 stars!

Lord Deben, Chair, Climate Change Committee

Watch this 5 star rated presentation from Lord Deben, as he considers the special place of Scotland in the battle against climate change. This 45 minute session is a must watch!




bThe science of climate change

In this blog Paul Richardson, SLE Policy Adviser (Agriculture & Climate Change), summarises information on the newly published United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. The report [published 9 August 2021] – the Sixth Assessment Report, is the first significant review of the science of climate change since 2013.

Scotland’s contribution to the Paris Agreement on climate change

Paul Richardson, SLE Policy Adviser (Agriculture and Climate Change) provides a summary of the Indicative Nationally Determined Contributions - plans setting out the actions they are taking to contribute to the goal of limiting global warming.


lbcoverOur quarterly magazine features case studies of SLE member estates and farms as well as news, information and updates from experts across rural Scotland.

The Autumn 2021 edition of LandBusiness magazine focuses on the business of climate change and the role land managers play. Professor Sire Dieter Helm CBE of Oxford University and Lord Deben, Chair of the Climate Change Committee, take part in a Q&A and there are features on Bunloit Estate and Beldorney Estate, Auchnerran demonstration farm and Eaglescairnie Mains Farm. Read the Autumn 2021 edition of LandBusiness

The Summer 2021 edition of LandBusiness magazine focuses on forestry and the role it plays in countering climate change and promoting biodiversity. Read features on Kippendavie and Cauldhame Estates, Broadmeadows Farm, Seafield and Strathspey Estates and Barwhillantry Estate. Read the Summer 2021 edition of LandBusiness

The Spring 2021 edition of LandBusiness magazine focuses on biodiversity with some great features on how land managers are encouraging biodiversity by creating conditions for wildlife to flourish. SLE members featured include Jahama Highland Estates, Glenprosen Estate, Threepwood Farm and the Campbell Partnership as well as a farm cluster partnership which brings together landowners in the Strathmore region. Read the Spring 2021 edition of LandBusiness


hihHelping it Happen Awards campaign case studies

Our Helping it Happen Awards have become firmly established in recognising and celebrating the role of estates,  rural businesses and community groups who are helping rural Scotland thrive.

We have over 400 case studies on our website featuring estates, farms and others who are doing exceptional work on climate action.

Read about the work of Helping it Happen Award nominees and winners who are enhancing the environment through land management through restoring and re-meandering rivers, riparian planting, native tree planting, wetland improvements, and peatland restoration. 

Find out more about the conservation efforts of SLE members and others who are working to increase numbers of native species and creating wildlife havens on their land.

Combatting climate change is at the heart of these businesses who were all nominated for Helping it Happen Awards in 2021.

If you’ve taken great strides in the way you manage your land to improve conservation, increase biodiversity and tackle climate change, you should enter our Helping it Happen Awards 2022! Find out more



wesWildlife Estates is a best practice land management scheme in operation across 19 European countries. In Scotland it is managed by SLE and supported by the Scottish government and NatureScot. Scotland played host to the European Wildlife Estates conference in September 2021 with delegates from across Europe.

In September 2021, 15 farms and estates were accredited or reaccredited by WES for demonstrating how their land is used sustainably to meet the needs of both the local population and the climate emergency, whether through tree planting, sustainable food production, improved river systems, sustainable leisure opportunities and more. Find out which landholdings were awarded and read about the work they have been doing.

Scotland is second in the league table of Wildlife Estates-accredited land with 1.25 million acres accredited. Only Spain is ahead, on approximately 1.6 million acres. WES aims to double Scotland’s accredited land to 2.5 million acres by 2023 and we currently have 500,000 acres in the pipeline to be accredited.

Becoming accredited is a great way to demonstrate the crucial work you and your team have been doing on climate action. Find out more about becoming accredited.


Influencing work

Estate visits for stakeholders

We have invited MSPs and other stakeholders to visit an estate in Ayrshire and an estate in the Highlands, to see and hear first-hand from SLE members the steps they have taken on climate action. Stakeholders will see for themselves work on peatland restoration, woodland creation, green tourism and the work taking place with the local community.


SLE is supporting:

JHI McCaulay Lecture, 2 November 2021, Strathclyde Technology & Innovation Centre

We are pleased to be exhibiting at this event, which will have 500 delegates representing rural stakeholders and government.


Scottish Government Peatland Pavilion

This will be a virtual pavilion, which will showcase ongoing work in Scotland around peatland management. SLE will feature with a member case study video, which will be available to all who attend the event.