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  • 09/03/2018 - Laggan Farm tourism open day
    Laggan Outdoor in Dumfries and Galloway was the venue for the ‘Agritourism Monitor Farm Re-visited 3 years on’ event organised by Go Rural. Scottish Land & Estates, along with a host of other local SME’s, agencies and interested individuals, attended the event to hear first-hand how the family have diversified their

  • 08/03/2018 - Galloway National Park Association – Public Meetings
    Galloway National Park Association are hitting the road over the next few weeks, travelling across Galloway to meet with Community Councils across Galloway and Ayrshire. These are all public meetings and are intended for anyone wishing to find out more about the proposal.  You can view a complete list of meetings on

  • 01/03/2018 - Visit to Craigengillan Estate
        A small group of  hardy SLE members visited Craigengillan Estate on Tuesday 27 February on what was a very cold day.   Members were welcomed by host SLE member Mark Gibson and given a brief account of Craigengillan before proceeding out and about to see around the estate.  

  • 22/02/2018 - New for 2018 LEADER farm diversification micro grants
    Supporting Rural and Coastal Communities throughout Ayrshire NEW FOR 2018 - LEADER farm diversification micro grants   support for farmers to start up a business into non-agricultural activities in rural Ayrshire grant requests min. £1,000 max. £10,000 up to 90% of project costs capita

  • 22/02/2018 - New for 2018 LEADER rural enterprise micro grants
    Supporting Rural and Costal Communities throughout Ayrshire NEW for 2018 - LEADER rural enterprise micro grants Support for small and medium sized businesses based in rural Ayrshire grant requests min. £1,000 max. £10,000 up to 90% of project costs capital expenditure only must meet with on

  • 14/12/2017 - South Lanarkshire Local Access Forum
    South Lanarkshire have released dates for Local Access Forum meetings for 2018. The meetings are normally held at Chatelherault Country Park. Capacity is limited therefore if you are interested in attending please contact Alan Bannister, Access and Development Officer for South Lanarkshire Council at Alan.Bannister@southlanar

  • 14/12/2017 - Launch of Galloway National Park Association Discussions Document
    Galloway National Park Association launched its discussions document and leaflet this week, with a special event at the Galloway Activity Centre in Loch Ken. The launch marks the start of an ambitious community engagement process running through the end of spring 2018. The Association was formed in May 2017 and has been r

  • 13/12/2017 - Galloway glens land lottery jackpot
    A project to care for the landscape of south west Scotland and reconnect people with its "natural beauty" has landed a £2.73m grant. The support comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership will see villages and communities conserve and restore "the built and natural her

  • 23/11/2017 - Partnership Agreement delivers fast fibre broadband for Auchengray
    Woolfords, Auchengray and Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF) are delighted to announce the signing of a Community Fibre Partnership agreement with BT which will see fast, fibre broadband extended to the Auchengray area.   As part of the 5% of the UK excluded from the national fibre broadband rollout, Auchengray

  • 17/08/2017 - Euro Dark Sky Conference to be out of this world
    Preparations for Europe’s first ever Dark Sky Places conference in the heart of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere are well underway, with top speakers booked to promote the preservation of dark skies across the world. The conference, being held 20th to 22nd September this year, will tackle issues of light poll

  • 10/08/2017 - MSP Visits Dormont
    The Conservative spokesperson for housing visited Dormont Estate in Dumfriesshire this week to discuss energy efficiency in privately rented housing. Graham Simpson MSP was shown three houses on the estate. The first was a traditional farmhouse which the estate has decided to sell due to the cost and difficulty in bringing it

  • 15/06/2017 - Galloway National Park Meeting
    In the light of growing interest in the prospect of a Galloway National Park, the Southern Uplands Partnership organised an event to discuss the potential implications for the region. The invited audience heard from Tony Gates, CEO of the Northumberland National Park Authority and from John Riddle, ex Chair of the NNPA Board

  • 30/03/2017 - South Lanarkshire LAF Representative
    South Lanarkshire’s Local Access Forum is looking to recruit for a new member to represent landowner’s interests. The Forum, established under the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, is responsible for providing advice to South Lanarkshire Council, the access authority, on matters relating to the provision,

  • 30/03/2017 - Proposal for a Galloway National Park
    The Galloway National Park Association are leading on a proposal for the development of a Galloway National Park. Several options are currently being explored by the Association as to what the proposed model might be. Scottish Land & Estates are in communication with the group and we will keep members informed once further de

  • 30/03/2017 - Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart visits Dormont Passivhaus Development
    Housing and Communities Minister, Kevin Stewart, visited Dormont Estate near Lockerbie on Frida 24th March with local MSP Joan MacAlpine. Jamie Carruthers, owner of Dormont Estate, developed the eight Passivhaus scheme 6 years ago and has been undertaking monitoring to ensure the homes function as intended. The highly ene

  • 16/03/2017 - Dumfries & Galloway Strategic Housing Forum
    Dumfries and Galloway Council hosted the first meeting of the Strategic Housing Forum. The day provided an opportunity to set the background against which the new Housing Strategy will be set. The Local Authority generally have a positive view of the private rented sector’s contribution to their housing supply, particularly

  • 16/03/2017 - South-west-Scotland LDNS AGM
    Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates was invited to attend the SWS Local Deer Network Scotland meeting held at the Ken Bridge Hotel, New Galloway. A general update was provided to the group on the SNH Deer Management Review followed by discussions on this. It is anticipated the ECCLR committee will be submitting a lette

  • 09/03/2017 - Ayrshire LEADER launch crowdfunding website
    Ayrshire LEADER have teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch a new online platform for groups, organisations and businesses to raise money awareness and support. Ayrshire LEADER’s Local Action Group (LAG) is the first in the UK to embrace this fundraising concept with the launch of #Crowdfund Rural Ayrshire. Read more…

  • 09/03/2017 - Delivery Group meetings note
    I am writing to follow up on the three LDP ‘Delivery Group’ meetings held with stakeholders in October and November 2016, and to thank you for your involvement in the LDP process to date. The three meetings focussed on Housing Delivery, Rural Issues and Business and Industry. We promised that we would distribute a not

  • 09/02/2017 - Lanarkshire LEADER makes its first award
    The programme opened in late 2016 and now the LEADER Local Action Group have made a grant offer of £18,220 to Lanark-based award-winning social enterprise CCI Scotland. With the funding, CCI will carry out feasibility and business planning on a number of potential social enterprise ventures. CCI deliver a range of health imp

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