Next generation of land managers discuss rural economy at SLE young members dinner

Press Release

The future of land management in Scotland was at the heart of discussions at a young members dinner held this week in Edinburgh by Scottish Land & Estates.

Hosted and sponsored by Hampden and Co Bank, the event was attended by Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing who spoke to the next generation who will play their part in a changing rural economy for decades to come.

An array of topics was discussed from forestry to rural connectivity, new entrants and agriculture support schemes to carbon capture and green investment amongst many others.

Sarah-Jane Laing of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “It is important that the voice of young people working in our rural areas is heard and we were pleased to organise the dinner which facilitated some excellent debate and discussions. 

“With many challenges facing new entrants and successors, SLE wants to ensure the next generation of land managers and land owners are prepared and involved in deciding the future of Scotland’s agriculture and land management. Our appreciation goes to Mr Ewing for attending and we hope he found the event as positive as our young members did. 

“Our thanks also extend to Hampden and Co for their kind sponsorship of the evening.”

Mark Prentice, Head of Banking, Scotland, at Hampden & Co, said: “We are keen to support and encourage the rural business owners of the future in their engagement with the wider sector. We were delighted to provide a forum to discuss the pertinent topics of the moment and to help to introduce future custodians of the rural economy to the services offered by Scottish Land and Estates.”

The event was the first in a series of Next Generation events planned by SLE over the coming months. More details will be released in due course on the SLE website.