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New entrants and farming resilience schemes could benefit from convergence funding boost

31 Oct 2019
Press Release

Greater support for young and new entrants could have been delivered by convergence funding, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The rural business organisation welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that the first instalment of funding is to be delivered to Scottish farmers but added that it would like to have seen more...

European conservation accreditation awarded to Highland estate

28 Oct 2019
Press Release

A traditional sporting estate in the Highlands has retained a prestigious independent accreditation which recognises landowners who are committed to best practice in conservation, habitat and wildlife management. The Reay Forest estate, Sutherland, in the north west Highlands, part of the Grosvenor Estate, has been reaccredited by...

Regenerative Agriculture Walk & Talk event

18 Oct 2019
General News

On Tuesday, 15 October 25 SLE Members visited Balbirnie Home Farms to learn of the regenerative agricultural practices taking place there. Aimed at farmers, landowners and conservation professionals, this event allowed interested parties to come together in an informal setting to meet, network and learn of the regenerative agriculture...

Vital contribution of grouse moor management highlighted in final Langholm report

7 Oct 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates said today that the final report of the Langholm Moor Demonstration Project (LMDP) published today has highlighted the vital conservation and environmental contribution made by grouse moor management. The full LMDP report can be read here. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “This...

Spirits and Squirrels win big at the Helping it Happen Awards 2019

4 Oct 2019
Press Release

From spirits to squirrels, and houses to hotels, the Helping It Happen Awards has shone a light on some of Scotland’s most innovative, diverse and quirky businesses who are going the extra mile to help rural Scotland thrive. The Helping It Happen Awards enjoyed a third annual gala at the Sheraton Hotel, Edinburgh. Hosted by member...

Land management recognised in the Climate Change Bill

27 Sep 2019
General News

After months of work the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill passed its stage 3 debate this week, and is on the way to receive Royal Assent. Throughout the progress of the Bill SLE met with ministers, MSPs, civil servants and the Bill team to ensure the threat of sectoral targets was removed and that agriculture...

Urgent clear direction needed for land management

16 Sep 2019
Press Release

Critical decisions about the future of Scottish farming and land management must be taken now to prevent long-lasting negative consequences for the sector says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business organisation. In its new report, #Route2050 - A direction of travel for Scottish land management to 2050, published today (16...

Affordable homes landlords should have access to funds to help with energy efficiency

13 Sep 2019
Press Release

Private Landlords who commit to providing affordable housing should be given the same financial support as housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their properties says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business association. In its response to the Scottish Government’s Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)...

Bew Review funding boost welcomed by SLE

5 Sep 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed news that Scottish farmers will receive an extra £51.4 million over the next two years, in addition to the £160m allocated in the Spending Round on Wednesday. The £51.4m pot of new money comes as the Lord Bew Review of farm funding, commissioned by the UK Government, is published today. Sarah-Jane...

SLE welcomes convergence funding announcement

4 Sep 2019
Press Release

Following on from today’s announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, that the UK Government intends to provide an extra £160 million for Scottish farmers, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates said: “The commitment from the Chancellor to address past discrepancies in the allocation of convergence...