November 17, 2017: Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said the report published today by Scotland’s Agricultural Champions on the future of farming is ‘an important step in the right direction’.   Scottish Land & Estates welcomed the report’s focus on areas such a

  • 17/11/2017 - Year of Young People launched
      A major programme of events and activities to celebrate Scotland’s young people will take place in 2018, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced. A global first, the Year of Young People 2018 will provide a platform to showcase the personalities, talents and achievements of Scotland’s young people.  

  • 17/11/2017 - Support for forest tourism
      The partnership organisation to support companies operating in the mountain biking sector has received new backing from the Scottish Government. Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced £50,000 for the Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland project for the coming year, to help deliver on a national strategic frame

  • 17/11/2017 - Hill Track Maintenance
    Scottish Land & Estates is seeking input from members of their experiences in relation to maintenance of hill tracks. Specifically, we are seeking to gather evidence into what estates need to do on a daily basis in order to make sure tracks are in a suitable condition to be used safely, for example, filling pot holes, clearin

  • 13/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 November 2017.

  • 13/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 10 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.

  • 13/11/2017 - Current consultations - 13 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.

  • 10/11/2017 - Forestry and Land Management Bill debated in Parliament
    This week saw parliament debate Stage 1 of the Forestry and Land Management Bill.  The full debate can be viewed here...   Scottish Land & Estates provided written and oral evidence during the committee scrutiny process.  While we are confident many of our concerns will be addressed, we remain keen to see the propo

  • 09/11/2017 - Hive Of Activity On Scottish Grouse Moors
    Scottish honey producers are working with grouse estates to enable bees to feed on the heather moorland in several parts of the country.  The Tomatin Moorland Group has commissioned a short film, A Bee’s Life on the Moor, which shows the successful partnership between estates and a local honey producer, Struan Apiaries.

  • 09/11/2017 - A Nitrogen Budget for Scotland
    This week Andrew Midgley attended a meeting convened by Nourish Scotland to explore ideas for developing a Nitrogen Budget for Scotland. In the context of climate change and the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Climate Bill, Nourish and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have asked for the Bill to include provisions that would

  • 09/11/2017 - Code of Good Shooting Practice updated
    A new Code was launched earlier this year and hard copies are available.  Scottish Land & Estates is one of ten land and sporting organisations behind the Code which has proved successful in raising standards and promoting best practice.  Members are encouraged to observe the new Code as part of the system of self-regulatio

  • 09/11/2017 - Forestry Commission updated guidance for firewood imports
    The Forestry Commission has provided updated guidance for firewood importers in England and Scotland.  Please click on the PDF below to see the full guidance.   

  • 09/11/2017 - Community Land Scotland update
    Community Land Scotland (CLS) welcomed Coigach Community Development Company and Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay into their membership. CLS will be starting a research project into the potential for more community landownership in urban areas next week. It is expected that findings will be published in a report in March 201

  • 09/11/2017 - Argyll and Bute LDP2 Main Issues Report drop-in events
    Argyll and Bute Council has begun the Main Issues Report (MIA) stage of public consultation in preparation of its second Local Development Plan (LDP2). Members can find details of the proposals here. The MIA consultation will run for 8 weeks from Monday 16th October until Monday 11th December 2017.   There will be a

  • 09/11/2017 - Contract award for A9 dualling
    The remote Slochd summit, the second highest point on the A9 at over 1,300 feet above sea level, will be included in the latest ground investigation contract for the A9 dualling programme award today. Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical Ltd will undertake the contract totalling over £2.7 million for the challenging 15-mile Dal

  • 09/11/2017 - Green community ambitions
    Communities across the central belt can bring environmental and health benefits to their areas by bidding for a share of a fund worth up to £400,000. The 2018-19 round of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) funding will offer investment to projects promoting active travel, woodland planting, community growing and resto

  • 09/11/2017 - Scottish Government Review Panel on Building Standards (Compliance and Enforcement) in Scotland
    A review panel has been set up following the Independent Inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools (February 2017) (Cole Report) and the tragic events at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.   The Panel will review the building standards system in Scotland in relation to compliance and enforcement and make any

  • 09/11/2017 - Pupils develop rural skills first hand
    The Perth & Kinross branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) are working closely with Breadalbane Academy’s Rural Skills pupils and teacher Mr Woodrow to bring their learning to life on a working farm.   Sandy Thompson from West Park Farm, Aberfeldy (RHET volunteer and long-standing supporter of the Rura

  • 09/11/2017 - Fire safety consultation
    People are being asked their views on how fire safety guidance can be improved. The review of the safety advice was agreed by the Ministerial Working Group (MWG) on Building and Fire Safety in Scotland, formed in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Premises with Sleeping Acc

  • 09/11/2017 - SRA youth transport survey
    Scottish Rural Action (SRA) are reaching out to young Scots to find out how the cost of travel affects them in their work, studies and personal lives. Travel affects young people very differently in rural areas where public transport is often irregular, unreliable and expensive, compared to in urban areas where young people c

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