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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...

SLE committed to working with partners following new protected status for beavers

30 Apr 2019
Press Release

Beavers in Scotland will formally obtain European Protected Species status tomorrow (Wednesday 1 May). The status is introduced simultaneously with a new management framework which is designed to manage the issues that beavers can cause for farmers and land managers. Karen Ramoo, Policy Adviser (Access, Conservation & Wildlife Management)...

Benefits of moorland management

26 Apr 2019
Press Release

With moorland management under ever more scrutiny, Tim Baynes Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group Director, has reiterated the immense value of existing moorland management practices in an open letter to The National. You can read the full letter below. Benefits of moorland management Sustainable economic growth is on the agenda for...

Innovation required to maximise benefits from Scotland's land

25 Apr 2019
Press Release

Mairi Gougeon MSP to provide keynote speech at SLE Conference Land-based businesses must be ready and equipped to deal with substantial social, economic and environmental change over the next decade, Scottish Land & Estates said today. Ahead of the rural business organisation’s annual conference - to be held in Edinburgh on May 15 - SLE...

Bag the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders

16 Apr 2019
General News

To mark the release of a new updated illustrative map of the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders, a new ‘Bag the Big Houses’ scheme is being launched for visitors. The Big Houses in the Scottish Borders Group, which is made up of 11 of the region’s greatest historic homes and castles, is launching this scheme to encourage visitors to enjoy...

Research indicates benefits to mountain hares from grouse moor management

11 Apr 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates welcomes new evidence A study by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research has found that moorland managed for driven grouse is likely to provide an overall conservation benefit for mountain hares in Scotland. The research looked at mountain hare...

Scottish Land & Estates boosts HQ team with new property and business policy officer

9 Apr 2019
Press Release

SLE has appointed a new adviser to its policy team to further enhance services to members and engagement with government and stakeholders. Marcelina Hamilton has this week joined Scottish Land & Estates’ Musselburgh HQ to work on property and business issues such as housing, energy efficiency, rates and wayleaves. Following time spent in...

SLE supports Borders tenancy agreement

8 Apr 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the agreement that will enable a Borders farm tenant to remain on a farm he has rented from Buccleuch Estates. The Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, announced that he had been approached by Buccleuch in an effort to find a solution and that discussions he held with Buccleuch, the tenant, Mr...