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Rural solutions needed to solve Scotland’s rural housing crisis

17 May 2022
Press Release

Landowners have appealed to help resolve Scotland’s rural housing crisis – and asked government to knock down the barriers that exist in providing new and existing homes. Scottish Land & Estates, which held its annual conference in Edinburgh today, said population decline and government ambition to improve rural housing will not be...

Organisations warn Scotland's private rented sector jeopardised by tenancy reforms

5 May 2022
Press Release

Three organisations have written a joint open letter to the Scottish Government warning that the supply of homes for rent – particularly in rural Scotland - may be irreparably damaged by proposed new legislation. Scottish Land & Estates, the Scottish Association of Landlords and NFU Scotland said tenancy proposals contained within the...

Post-Brexit agriculture announcement welcomed

29 Apr 2022
Press Release

The latest update on the shape of post-Brexit subsidy support for Scotland’s agricultural sector is welcome, but further clarity is needed soon from the Scottish Government, says a leading membership organisation for rural businesses. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), whose diverse membership includes farmers, land managers, and rural...

Walk & Talk showcases tourism success of Moray Estate

27 Apr 2022
General News

The success of a Moray estate in diversifying its business despite the challenges of the pandemic has been showcased at a walk and talk event organised by rural business association, Scottish Land & Estates. Duffus Estate, near Elgin, which is managed by owners Ed and Caroline Dunbar, saw plans to invest in its tourism and hospitality...

Aim to Sustain members in united response on transition to non-lead shot

27 Apr 2022
General News

Two years ago in February 2020, nine shooting sector organisations including SLE announced the intention to make a voluntary transition from lead shot to alternatives over a five year timescale. Earlier this month, the RSPB and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) wrote to those organisations, complimenting the sector on its approach but...

Private rental proposals could cut number of homes available for rent

14 Apr 2022
Press Release

The number of properties available for private rent across rural Scotland could face dramatic cuts if Scottish Government plans to reform the sector proceed, a leading rural organisation has warned. According to a recent survey of its members, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), a rural business membership organisation, believes that 20% of...

Simple steps can free rural Scotland from livestock attacks this Easter

13 Apr 2022
Press Release

Dog-walkers, land managers and farmers can work together to reduce the risk of attacks on livestock during Easter and beyond. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), which represents rural businesses, said it was crucial to minimise the risk of dog attacks when the lambing season was underway and the countryside was welcoming visitors and walkers...

Rural land market insights report: Scottish Land & Estates statement

12 Apr 2022
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement in response to the Rural Land Market Insights Report published by the Scottish Land Commission. Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The report acknowledges that the land market in Scotland is complex and there are multiple reasons for purchasing...

Two new appointees at Wildlife Estates Scotland

11 Apr 2022
Press Release

Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES), the internationally recognised accreditation scheme promoting habitat and wildlife management best practice, has made two new appointments to its leadership groups. Deirdre Stewart, Estate Manager at Dalhousie Estates, has been appointed a board member of the WES Advisory Board, which steers the long-term...

SLE statement on wildlife crime report 2019/2020

1 Apr 2022
Press Release

Following the publication of the 2019/2020 annual wildlife crime report today by the Scottish Government, Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement. Sarah Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We share the Scottish Government’s ambition to address the biodiversity and climate change crisis - and...