Welcome to the Central regional page of the Scottish Land & Estates website. Central Region includes the following Local Authorities – Angus, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire and Fife.
Central region is a diverse area and extends from the rich farmlands in Angus and Fife to the upland areas of Highland Perthshire and the Trossachs in the west. The area is know for its agriculture and livestock as well as its forestry and tourism, and our Members are involved in all of these activities and collectively make a significant contribution to the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the region.
Antony Gifford is the Regional Chairman of Central Regional Committee. Antony (pictured right) spent over 20 years as a portfolio manager working for various investment firms in London and New York. In 2016 he and his family relocated to Angus to manage his family estate.
The key priorities for Central Region are as follows:
- increasing political engagement;
- promoting the positive contribution of the membership;
- creating opportunities for knowledge transfer and sharing of good practice;
- focussing local representation on key stakeholder groups, and
- supporting members deliver effective Community Engagement
Updates from the Central Region
Housing Redevelopment Walk & Talk event
On Thursday, 20 February, 30 SLE Members and guests gathered at Kinnordy Estate to learn of the redevelopment of Shielhill House.
The redevelopment will ultimately result in its alteration to form three dwellings. The first two dwellings are currently being progressed by the estate and attendees had the opportunity to view the properties in various stages of development.
Hosted by Antony Gifford (Kinnordy Estate) and Paul Fretwell (@rchitects Scotland) this informal ‘Walk & Talk’ event provided the opportunity to speak with those directly involved in the redevelopment of this building and to view firsthand the processes and techniques that are being deployed by the Estate, to ensure this building is brought up to date as modern living rental properties.
A key element of this event was to learn about the issues relating to the subdivision of a large property, the approaches taken in terms of compartmentation, energy efficiency and the problems of protected species as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by the Estate on an estate managed development.
More than 40 Members attended the Central Regional Reception at Scone Palace on Monday, 11 November to learn of the recent work that has been undertaken on their behalf and of the challenges and opportunities that face the next generation of landowners.
Hugh Campbell Adamson, Regional Chairman, outlined some of the activities that have taken place across Central Region over the last year and highlighted the Walk and Talk events which have allowed SLE Members to meet, network and learn from each other in a practical way; whilst Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director, informed Members of the current policy and political activities.
The keynote speaker was Sandy Manson, Chair and Head of Client Service at Johnston Carmichael. Sandy spoke of his personal experience and professional life in relation to the importance of putting in place a plan for current and future generations to maximise the value and enjoyment of a legacy. Given the current uncertainties of the UK political arena, Brexit, economic climate and climate change; the pace of change will only increase, and it is important to be in a position to embrace change and the opportunities it presents.
New Rural Crime Partnership launched
Fife Partnership Against Rural Crime (Fife PARC) was formally launched at Broomhall Estate by Murdo Fraser MSP on 27 August 2019.
This new regional partnership follows the publication of the national Rural Crime Strategy by the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) and other newly formed regional initiatives across Scotland.
Fife PARC will involve key organisations collectively working together with a view to reducing rural crime. It will identify regional priorities which reflect the 7 national SPARC priorities:
1. Agricultural Vehicle, Farm Machinery and Plant Theft
2. Equestrian Incidents
3. Fly Tipping
4. Fuel Theft
5. Heritage Crime
6. Livestock Offences
Anyone wishing to know more should contact Scott Petrie.
Rural Crime Prevention Walk & Talk event
Immediately following the launch of the Fife PARC on 27 August, around 40 SLE Members and invited guests attended a Rural Crime Walk & Talk event at Broomhall Estate.
Knowing that rural crime costs millions of pounds every year and adversely affects those living and working in our countryside, this event aimed to provide SLE Members with key information on how to safeguard their properties, equipment and livestock.
Led by PC Fraser Laird, Crime Prevention Officer, attendees learnt of the farm security measures that can be implemented to deter criminal activity as well as equipment that can be used to help detect stolen property.
Police Officers and other specialists were on hand to offer advice on issues including agricultural farm and plant theft, livestock offences (including worrying and theft), fuel theft, equine theft, fly tipping and wildlife crime (such as hare coursing and poaching).
Attendees also heard of the work of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) and of the impact that reporting crime has on detections and the recovery of stolen property.