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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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,
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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…
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 09/02/2017 - New fund for community arts projects in Dumfries & Galloway
    DG Unlimited, an organisation that promotes and supports the creative industries across Dumfries and Galloway has just launched its new ‘Get involved, Get Inspired’ fund. Aimed at supporting a wide range of cultural and creative events and activities in local communities, the £8,000 fund can make awards of up to £500 to
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  • 12/12/2016 - Forest Watch - tackling crime in Galloway's forests
    A new partnership is working together to reduce rural crime and anti-social behaviour within Galloway’s forests. Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES), contractors and Police Scotland have teamed up for the ‘Forest Watch’ initiative. The main aim of the initiative is to continue the work that began earlier in the yea
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  • 07/12/2016 - South Ayrshire Call for Sites
    South Ayrshire Council is holding a “call for sites” to inform the preparation of the next South Ayrshire Local Development Plan (LDP2). The Council is particularly, but not exclusively interested in suggestions for residential sites in and around the settlements of Ayr, Prestwick, Troon, Monkton and Symington. Sites
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  • 24/08/2016 - Walk & Talk Event Douglas & Angus Estates
    A small band of dedicated Scottish Land & Estates members gathered at Kinnox Farm, near Glespin, part of the Douglas and Angus Estates, for an excellent three part Walk & Talk event on the 22nd August. Kinnox Farm is the base site of the Glentaggart Opencast Coal Site restoration which was the first port of call for the e
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  • 01/07/2016 - Black grouse in southern Scotland focus of a new conservation plan
    A new strategic conservation plan has been launched on 1 July 2016 outlining management required to stop the decline of black grouse in southern Scotland, increase numbers and encourage recolonisation of lost range. The plan was launched by Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, at the GWCT Scotti
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  • 01/07/2016 - Walk & Talk at Raehills - 30 June 2016
    A group of members of Scottish Land and Estates from across Central and southern Scotland, gathered at an overcast Raehills, to discuss Energy efficient, sustainable and economic housing on estates, using existing housing stock.   Stating at Raehills, David Johnstone welcomed the [arty and started the discussions by explain
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  • 03/05/2016 - Police Scotland Rural Watch update - Rural Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway
    There has been a variety of incidents throughout the counties.   Warning of persons coming on to premises, befriending and then asking for diesel. On occasions a business card has been shown. Caution advised. Police advice is don’t give or sell any fuel and certainly do not consider renting out farm machinery to th
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  • 06/04/2016 - Police Scotland Rural Watch update - Rural Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway
      There has been a marked increase in the number of enquiries Police Scotland has received asking for advice on persons visiting your property or that of a neighbour. This shows good progress as it means that those of us in rural Scotland are all starting to notice more around us and that if you or a family member feels
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  • 16/02/2016 - New Phase in Tourism for Ayrshire
    You may now be aware of the changes which will affect tourism in Ayrshire with effect from 31 March 2016, when the pan-Ayrshire Tourism Team will cease to exist as one entity. Essentially each council will organise its own tourism resource in each council area and deliver some pan-Ayrshire activity in a joined up way as and w
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