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The first NE Walk & Talk of 2019

23 May 2019
General News

On 22 May, SLE members travelled from as far afield as Kirriemuir, Blair Atholl and Perth to join our first NE Walk & Talk on Private Water Supplies. Hosted by The MacRobert Trust and in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the event provided an opportunity to speak with those directly involved in the monitoring and management of...

SLE statement on hen harrier ‘Marci’

22 May 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding an appeal for information about a missing hen harrier, Marci. Sarah-Jane Laing, executive director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support the appeal for information about the missing hen harrier, Marci. Any missing protected species is a cause for concern and anyone...

Seismic change required to grow Scotland's rural economy

15 May 2019
Press Release

Scotland’s rural businesses need to embrace seismic change and break the barriers that exist between land uses in order to flourish in the next decade and beyond. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, made the comments as he addressed the rural business organisation’s annual conference in Edinburgh today. With Scottish...

SLE Highland staff team strengthened

10 May 2019
Press Release

Another new regional support officer for the Highlands & Islands has been appointed by Scottish Land & Estates. Jen Campbell will work alongside fellow Highland RSO Megan Rowland, Highland Regional Chairman Gordon Robertson and the SLE Highland Committee in supporting and promoting rural businesses in the region. Brought up on a livestock...

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

10 May 2019
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...

Environmental principles should be maintained following Brexit

10 May 2019
Press Release

Current EU environmental principles should be formally translated into domestic law after Brexit, according to Scottish Land & Estates. Responding to a Scottish Government consultation on environmental principles and governance , the rural business organisation said adopting the principles would ensure Scotland kept pace with...

Support for appeal for information over missing hen harrier

7 May 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding an appeal for information about a missing hen harrier, Skylar. Sarah-Jane Laing, executive director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support the appeal for information about the hen harrier, Skylar, whose satellite tag stopped working in February. Any missing...

Scottish Land & Estates welcomes fire service proposal to use preventative burning

6 May 2019
Press Release

Calls for the increased use of controlled burning approach to combat wildfires is backed by the experience of this year’s muirburn season, land managers have said today. Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) said last week that it was to trial the greater use of controlled burning next spring after gathering evidence on the practice...

Right support can help Scotland’s land businesses meet net-zero target

2 May 2019
Press Release

A net-zero target for carbon emissions in Scotland by 2045 is challenging but could be achievable with the right support and leadership, Scottish Land & Estates has said. Speaking following the publication of the latest report from Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the rural business organisation said Scotland was well-placed to make a...

Land-based businesses continuing their valuable contribution despite political uncertainty

1 May 2019
Press Release

Land-based businesses are committed to playing their part in a thriving rural economy despite the ongoing political turbulence. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, made the comment at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at Perth Racecourse today. Following his election as chairman for another 12 months, Mr...