Policy & Lobbying

Policy Document Index

  • 30/05/2017 - Spring Conference 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates' Spring Conference – 30 May 2017 Rural Investment: Hopes and Fears for a New Era 30th May 2017, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh   Sponsored by   Rural Scotland is home to many diverse businesses from agriculture and commercial forestry to artisan fo
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  • 30/05/2017 - Inaugural Helping It Happen Awards 2017
    An awards night will be held in Edinburgh on May 30, 2017, which follows Scottish Land & Estates’ Annual Spring Conference being held at the Assembly Rooms on the same day.  These new awards – which are sponsored by The MacRobert Trust - are being held at the Principal Hotel Edinburgh, George Street, 7.30pm for 8pm.
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  • 24/05/2017 - Forestry: Adding value
    Forestry: Adding value Wednesday 24th May, Banchory, 9.30am–3.30pm   A practical day looking at: the key components of FSC and PEFC certification; forest management requirements and market demand; funding for woodland creation including the Woodland Carbon Code, as well as answering your certification questions f
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  • 19/05/2017 - Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads
    Morning seminars and discussion Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads Deer and traffic don’t mix – but is it a case of too many deer, too many vehicles, or both? Two morning seminars in May staged jointly by the Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) will
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  • 16/05/2017 - Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference
    Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference 16 May 2017 Glasgow Part of the Euroheat & Power Congress 2017 Join Scottish Renewables and Scottish Development International at the Scottish Low-Carbon Heat Conference to hear about opportunities within the low-carbon heat sector in Scotland. This half day event wil
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  • 05/05/2017 - Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads - Morning Seminar
    Where the buck stops – lowland deer on Scotland’s roads Deer and traffic don’t mix – but is it a case of too many deer, too many vehicles, or both? Two morning seminars in May staged jointly by the Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) will examine the issues, the responsibil
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  • 25/04/2017 - Gamekeeping for Life Conference
    The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust are delighted to invite you to their Gamekeeping for Life Conference to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Tuesday 25th April at Floors Castle, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7RW To include: Coffee, Welcome from His Grace The Duke of Roxburghe, Key Note Speaker Lord Dalhousie and Presentations fro
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  • 12/04/2017 - Gamekeeping for Life Conference
    The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust are delighted to invite you to their Gamekeeping for Life Conference on Wednesday 12th April at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL. Opening address from Sarah Troughton, key note speaker Sir Michael Wigan B.t. four estate presentations, lunch and afternoon activities.
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  • 03/04/2017 - The Launch of The Friends of the RLI Inaugural Dinner
    All supporters of The Rivers & Lochs Institute, Inverness College University of the Highlands & Islands are warmly invited to take tickets for the launch of The Friends of the RLI Inaugural Dinner on Monday 3rd April 2017. Speaker: Professor Peter Gill, Professor of Forensic Genetics and pioneer of DNA profiling  
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  • 30/03/2017 - On Farm Security Event
    Keep safe and save Money! Date: Thursday 30th March Venue: Agron LED, Prora, North Berwick EH39 5LN Time: 4pm to 5.30pm   Time: 4pmWith the rise in rural thefts, all farms and rural businesses need to take steps to improve rural security. This event, being held at Agron LED’s site in North Berwick will
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  • 29/03/2017 - Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Conference
    The conference marks the launch of the 2017 Fisheries Management Scotland Annual Review, which highlights the important contribution and role of Fishery Boards and Fishery Trusts in the management of Scotland’s freshwater fisheries It Provides an opportunity to present the positive contributions that District Salmon Fis
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  • 28/03/2017 - Rating Seminar
    Savills and Scottish Land & Estates request the pleasure of your company at our rating seminar on  Tuesday 28th March at Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth  PH2 6BB   Welcome and introduction Hugo Struthers Rating overview – appeals and reliefs Billy McKaig Hydro and other renewabl
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  • 24/03/2017 - Peatland Restoration event at Edinglassie a great success
    The first in a series of peatland restoration events was held at Edinglassie, by Huntly earlier this week. Arranged in conjunction with IUCN UK Peatland Programme, the event was aimed at those who may soon commence their own restoration project as well as those looking to gather more information on how a project can be made t
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  • 24/03/2017 - Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee - Brexit
    This week the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee held a roundtable session on the implications of the outcome of the EU Referendum for Scotland in relation to agriculture and forestry. Scottish Land & Estates was represented by Andrew Midgley. The papers for the meeting can be found here... The Official Report w
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  • 24/03/2017 - Woodland Expansion discussions
    On Wednesday, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment), Anne Gray joined other organisations at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, to consider various scenarios for how woodland expansion in Scotland might be achieved.  The various different interests in woodland expansion were considered, from those with
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  • 23/03/2017 - McMaster and others v the Scottish Ministers
    The Court of Session has published its decision on McMaster and others v the Scottish Ministers.  The case was raised by a group of tenants affected by the Agricultural Holdings (Scotland) Act 2003 Remedial Order 2014.  The full decision can be found here... Kate McLeish, Brodies LLP (currently on secondment to Scottish
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  • 23/03/2017 - Community Engagement Guidance Consultation
    The Scottish Government has today published for consultation its draft Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land.  The consultation, to which Scottish Land & Estates will be responding, runs until 16 June 2017. The document can be found here... 
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  • 23/03/2017 - Current consultations - 23 March 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.
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  • 23/03/2017 - Wages
    The National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW) will increase on 1 April 2017.  View NMW and NLW changes
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  • 23/03/2017 - Scottish Tourism Week finale
    The end of Scottish Tourism Week was marked with a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening. The successful growth, diversity and achievements of the industry were celebrated but speakers encouraged people to optimise opportunity and not become complacent. Challenges to the industry were also noted including the business
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  • 23/03/2017 - Savills and Scottish Woodlands say Forestry “Primed for Growth”
    Highighting the vital importance of Scotland to UK Forestry, Savills and Scottish Woodlands held a well attended launch event in Edinburgh this week for their UK Forestry Market Spotlight document. The launched included four very informative presentations from Savills and Scottish Woodlands experts, including one covering
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  • 23/03/2017 - Rural services and infrastructure – call for views
    Scottish Rural Action represents the views of rural Scotland at a European level through the European Rural Parliament (ERP) and is calling for evidence on rural services and infrastructure to feed into the European-wide view. Members can take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be accessed here and choose ‘S
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  • 23/03/2017 - Record year for food and drink exports
    Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. The latest figures show an 8% increase in the value of exports to Scotland’s successful food and drink sector over the past year. The figures show that: Food exports alone grew by 22% to £1.5 billion. The fish a
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  • 23/03/2017 - Digital strategy launched
    Plans to boost the number of digital jobs to 150,000 by 2021 have been outlined in the Scottish Government’s new digital strategy. Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World sets out how the Scottish Government intends to place digital at the heart of everything it does from reforming public services to delive
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  • 23/03/2017 - Support for low carbon rural energy innovations
    A multi-million pound fund is being made available to assist innovative local energy projects in rural parts of Scotland. Projects that have the potential to increase energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and boost local economies will be able to apply for up to £100,000 from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Pro
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  • 23/03/2017 - Cairngorms Community Development Network
    Scottish Land & Estates attended this event aimed at giving community development practitioners an opportunity to meet and discuss areas of common interest. The key focus of the meeting was on the empowerment agenda and specifically the provisions of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, including Community Asset Tra
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  • 23/03/2017 - Association of Cairngorms Communities (AoCC)
    A meeting of the AoCC was held at the Lecht Ski Centre this week, at which Scottish Water were there to answer queries regarding recent taste and smell issues with the water supply. Scottish Water detailed the measures that have been taken to rectify the issue, including, cleaning tanks and pipes and more regular testing of t
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  • 22/03/2017 - Annual Joint Meeting NAF-LAF
    On Friday 17th March the National Access Forum and Local Access Forum held a joint annual meeting at the SNH offices in Battleby. The event focused on various aspects of promoting the benefits of access and making responsible access happen. A series of presentations looking at various initiatives around exercising dogs as par
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  • 22/03/2017 - Tay Catchment - Beaver Survey 2017
    At the request of Scottish Government to establish up to date beaver numbers, and to support forthcoming work on beavers, SNH is to carry out a survey of beavers across their range in east-central Scotland and Knapdale in the spring of 2017.  The survey will be founded on a repeat of the 2012 Tayside Beaver Study Group s
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  • 22/03/2017 - Superfast Broadband Extended
    £15.6 million of is being reinvested in the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project which is going to be used to target areas with the lowest speeds. The Digital Scotland contract uses public investment and investment from BT includes a clawback that requires BT to return part of the public investment when uptake su
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  • 22/03/2017 - Monitor Estate Project – are you interested?
    The Scottish Enterprise Rural Team is keen to gauge the level of interest in establishing a “Monitor Estate Project” using the agriculture monitor farm model.  This model has been used successfully in the farming and agritourism sectors, and Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Land & Estates want to hear from you if you wou
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  • 22/03/2017 - Digital Strategy Published
    Scotland’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world was published on Wednesday. Digital skills, cyber security, digital diversity are all included in the document. The Strategy includes recognition of the disadvantage rural Scotland is facing due to a lack of digital connectivity. Regard
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  • 20/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 March 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 March 2017.
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  • 20/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 March 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 17/03/2017 - Landowners identify new direction for supporting Scotland’s rural businesses
    A debate about the future of rural policy and support for Scottish agriculture and forestry needs to commence regardless of constitutional uncertainty, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. At the heart of this debate will be the structure of support for farms and rural businesses. Scottish Land & Estates supports a lon
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  • 16/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Statement on Snaring Review
    “A five year review conducted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has found that snaring related incidents have reduced following changes in the law." Scottish Land & Estates are delighted that the 2011 regulations and the resulting regime of training and best practice are working satisfactorily, and we look forward to w
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  • 16/03/2017 - A new direction for Scottish land management
    Scottish Land & Estates believes that the debate about the future of rural policy and support for Scottish agriculture and forestry cannot wait for constitutional certainty, and so the organisation, which represents landowners and rural businesses across Scotland, has published a new policy paper: A new direction for
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  • 16/03/2017 - Budget Briefing
    Members of the local business community, Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Land & Estates attended Saffrey Champness’ second evening Budget Briefing in Lochaber on 15th March. The U turn by the Government on National Insurance Contributions provoked early discussion with attendees fairly united in the view that the
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  • 16/03/2017 - Review of the CNPA Forest and Woodland Strategy
    At a meeting in Boat of Garten on 15 March a wide range of stakeholders attended the launch of the above review. Scottish Land & Estates members from across the Park attended and participated in the event which was punctuated by several presentations and Q&A sessions from the Park,  Forestry Commission and Confor. There were
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  • 16/03/2017 - Highland Environment Forum Meeting
    The Highland Environment Forum met at Great Glen House on Tuesday 14 March to consider various partner agencies’ attitudes and work on Climate Change in the Highlands. The Highland Council described the work of its small team in tackling their challenging targets and the difficulties they acknowledge in bringing staff with
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  • 16/03/2017 - Scottish Crofting Federation Annual Gathering
    The Scottish Crofting Federation Annual Gathering was held at Applecross on 10 /11 March. The theme of this year’s conference was Crofting’s place in Europe and included a number of sessions led by speakers from the EU with experience of small scale agriculture.  Scottish Government were well represented with Brexit Mini
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  • 16/03/2017 - 2017 Rates Revaluation
    There is a new SPICe briefing available on non-domestic rates and the 2017 revaluation which members may find of interest. Regarding sporting rates, the assessors have acknowledged valuations will not be prepared for the 1st April. The methodology is still being consideration and valuations will take place thereafter. We
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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 - Peatland ACTION
    An £8 million investment will restore peatlands and help reduce carbon emissions, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has revealed as she opened the funding for applications on Wednesday. Read more... Applications will be accepted from 1st April and the window for applications will remain open until the end
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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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  • 16/03/2017 - Free rural campaign training
    A free two day training workshop run by Scottish Rural Action, the organisation behind the Scottish Rural Parliament, seeks to train and support new and existing rural campaigners. The training is supported by the Voluntary Action Fund and led by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK), which has 12 years’ experience of train
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  • 16/03/2017 - Aspiring Communities Fund – application deadline approaches
    The first funding round for the Scottish Government’s Aspiring Communities Fund closes on 7 April 2017. The new fund is intended to enable community bodies and third sector organisations in Scotland’s most deprived communities to develop and deliver long-term local solutions that address local priorities and needs and bui
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  • 16/03/2017 - Funding for new roads and land
    A £15 million investment in the development of infrastructure is expected to unlock significant levels of private sector funding, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has confirmed. Applications by Fife and North Ayrshire Councils through the Tax Incremental Financing scheme (TIF), have been approved with the councils now set to w
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  • 16/03/2017 - Tourism programme extended until 2022
    The Themed Years’ tourism programme will continue beyond 2018, it was confirmed this week. The Year of Scotland’s Coast and Waters will be celebrated in 2020 while the focus in 2022 will be the Year of Scotland’s Stories, both led by VisitScotland. The 2020 theme will support Scotland’s marine and coastal tourism
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  • 16/03/2017 - Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP)
    The Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP) is a myriad of organisations that have come together around the aim of re-connecting people with the living legacy of the Lomond and Benarty Hills through a range of community based activities, volunteering opportunities and projects. Scottish Land & Estates heard from innovativ
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  • 16/03/2017 - Floating offshore windfarm approved
    Planning consent for an eight turbine 6MW offshore windfarm around 15km south-east of Aberdeen has been granted by Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. The floating development by Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Limited will: ·         Support the creation of around 110 jobs during asse
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  • 15/03/2017 - Predator Control, Vicarious Liability and Rodenticide Courses
    The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust - March dates for Scottish training courses  The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust in Scotland has announced the dates for a number of important courses on predator control, vicarious liability and rodenticide training. Crow control and vicarious liability Relevant to lando
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  • 13/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates responds to consultation on Land Rights & Responsibilities Statement
    In our response to the Scottish Government's Land Rights & Responsibilities Statement, we have underlined that while we agree with the vision set out in the document, we do not entirely agree with the principles as drafted. In particular we have stated that the Rights and responsibilities are a way of achieving positive outco
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  • 13/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 March 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 March 2017.
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  • 13/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 13 March 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 10/03/2017 - RHI Support for Biomass Combined Heat and Power consultation response
    Response to UK Government's proposals to increase the threshold for RHI support for biomass combined heat and power plant from 10% energy efficiency to 20%.
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  • 10/03/2017 - Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee Responds to Draft Climate Change Plan
    The Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee considered the agriculture, transport and forestry aspects of the Draft Climate Change Plan. The committee has now published its response which includes criticising the lack of financial information provided and the timescales for scrutiny. The response also calls for greater r
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  • 10/03/2017 - Rural Economy And Connectivity Committee recommend modern Crofting Bill
    Following evidence gathering at the end of 2016, Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has recommended the Scottish Government introduce new crofting legislation which suits modern practices and addresses the current problems. The report also calls for an overarching crofting policy to be developed.
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  • 10/03/2017 - New Shared Apprenticeship Scheme for the Forestry Sector
    A new initiative has been launched in response to the growing demand for a more flexible approach to apprenticeships in the forestry sector. The Fife Forestry Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a pilot and has been established in response to concerns from the forestry industry about an ageing workforce and shortage of new en
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  • 10/03/2017 - Scottish Parliament Debate on Biodiversity
    On Thursday a debate took place in Scottish Parliament on Scotland’s’ biodiversity and the progress made towards the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy a Route Map to 2020  The debate highlighted Scotland’s many success stories including progress made in protecting the marine environment and peatlands which has recentl
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  • 09/03/2017 - National Access Forum Site Visit – Glentress
    At the start of the year Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) presented a joint paper to the National Access Forum (NAF) on the emergent construction of unauthorised mountain bike trails and the impact these can have on land management practices and the environment. Following the presentation of
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  • 09/03/2017 - Cairngorms Waders Adaptive Management – Initial Scoping Meeting
    A national decline in wading birds over the last few decades is well recognised, as is the localised distribution of remaining populations. However, there is a need for more and better data on existing wader numbers, distribution, productivity, and the reasons for their decline in some areas and persistence in others. Improve
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  • 09/03/2017 - £25 million for local regeneration
    A total of 29 projects will be awarded £25 million funding in 2017/18 as part of the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF), which supports projects in disadvantaged areas that engage and involve local communities. The joint Scottish Government and COSLA investment will inject new life and opportunity into disadvantaged and
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  • 09/03/2017 - Agriculture trainees win at Lantra Scotland’s Learner of the Year Awards
    Jakob Eunson, a talented young farming apprentice from East Voe in Shetland, has won the Agriculture category at Lantra Scotland’s annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. The runner-up spotwent to Matthew Douglas from Hawick. Matthew and Katie Dubarry were also joint winners of the prestigious CARAS (C
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  • 09/03/2017 - New North East representative for RSABI
    North East farmer, John Matheson, has been named RSABIs representative for the area. Mr Matheson, who farms near Rothiemay in Aberdeenshire is working with RSABI on a part-time basis to help raise income through the charity’s Support Scheme. RSABI is a Scottish charity providing financial assistance and support to peopl
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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 - Scottish Property Federation (SPF) annual conference
    SPF delegates including Scottish Land & Estates heard from Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Jobs and Fair Work, and leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Ruth Davidson MSP on the theme of ‘Global Capital; Local Growth’.  Concerns over Brexit and the prospect of a second independence referendum were
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  • 09/03/2017 - Recruiting Modern Apprentices in rural areas
    Companies in eleven rural areas will be eligible for additional support to help them employ Modern Apprentices. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed eligible areas for the Rural Supplement ahead of visiting I A & C Maciver in Stornoway, who employ two Modern Apprentices, on the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
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  • 09/03/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    Mental ill health is a problem that affects many in our rural communities – often compounded by physical isolation. The second National Rural Mental Health Forum was held this week where it was announced that Fergus Ewing MSP has agreed to support the forum for six months through £25,000 funding. The SRUC has also committe
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  • 09/03/2017 - Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises Consultation
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises consultation. The guide will consolidate and supersede a number of individual Scottish Government guides and introduces a substantial number of editorial changes aimed at improving the dutyholders understanding. O
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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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  • 09/03/2017 - Wildlife Trust launches its blueprint for land stewardship in Scotland
    On Tuesday the Scottish Wildlife Trust launched a consultation draft of its blueprint for rural policy in Scotland in the years to come.   The Wildlife Trust advocate that public funds for land-based business, which it wants retained at current levels, should be used to deliver environmental public goods rather than to s
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  • 09/03/2017 - European Commission signals 'birth' of new EU27 with White Paper on future unity
    The European Commission has outlined the challenges the EU faces and scenarios for how the Union could evolve by 2025 depending on the choices it makes in the years ahead. The White Paper released last Wednesday is effectively the opening round of a process that will determine the future direction of the EU as a 27 member blo
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  • 09/03/2017 - Public asked for sightings of rare hen harriers
    After a successful call for hen harrier sightings last year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Heads Up for Harriers project are once more asking people to report sightings of this special bird.  Land managers are also asked to help retain nesting habitat when muirburning.  Read more...  
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  • 09/03/2017 - Police Scotland Warn of Fake Pesticides
    Police Scotland is taking part in a Europe wide campaign to warn farmers against using fake pesticides. This is a growing problem in mainland Europe (with an estimated 10% of all pesticides being illicit) and Police Scotland is keen to ensure the integrity of Scottish farm land, which is currently free from illegal pesticides
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  • 09/03/2017 - Welcome Response to Fuel Poverty Reports
    The Scottish Government has responded to the Scottish Fuel Poverty Strategic Working Group Report and the Rural Fuel Poverty Task Force Report which were published in October. Cabinet Secretary Angela Constance has announced a pilot Home Care scheme which will see Homes Energy Scotland advisors visit 220 rural homes in two lo
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  • 09/03/2017 - Making Tax Digital
    Further to concerns raised during the consultation, the UK Government has decided to provide 3.1 million small businesses with more time to prepare for Making Tax Digital.  Businesses (including the self-employed and landlords) that have annual turnover below the VAT registration threshold  will have an extra year before th
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  • 09/03/2017 - UK Government Budget
    Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered the final Spring Budget statement in the House of Commons this afternoon and the Spring Budget 2017 is now available. He stated his plans were intended to give the UK economy strong foundations and a global outlook as the country prepared to leave the EU. Noting the Brit
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  • 07/03/2017 - Nominations open for new ‘Helping it Happen’ rural awards
    Communities, businesses and individuals across Scotland are being asked for nominations for new rural awards celebrating estates and landowners that help their local region to flourish. Scottish Land & Estates has today launched the inaugural ‘Helping it Happen’ awards, which will recognise landowners and rural b
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  • 06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017 - Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises consultation response
    Consultation on a new guide which consolidates and supersedes a number of individual Scottish Government guides into non-residential fire safety. The revision also introduces a substantial number of editorial changes aimed at improving dutyholders understanding.
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  • 06/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 March 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 March 2017.
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  • 06/03/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27 February - 03 March 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27 February - 03 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 03/03/2017 - Outstanding talent celebrated at Lantra Scotland's Awards
    The hard work and dedication of some of the country’s most talented trainees and modern apprentices have been recognised at Lantra Scotland’s 15th Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, which took place on Thursday 2nd March in Dunblane. The awards were presented to trainees at the glittering ceremony
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  • 03/03/2017 - Members Meeting Held - Proposed Borders National Park
    A meeting was organised at the Buccleuch Arms in St Boswells to discuss the proposal for a Borders National Park.  Those members who manage land within the proposed area were invited to attend.  There were some lively discussions around the proposal and some debate on what the aims of a National Park should be.  A feasibil
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  • 03/03/2017 - A bright future for Peatland Restoration
    The National Peatland Action Plan Delivery Group met yesterday.  The Group, which includes organisations representing Government, ourselves representing land ownership and rural business, and environmental NGOs, agreed a range of activity and actions for 2017 aimed at meeting this year’s target of restoration of around 10,
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  • 03/03/2017 - Cabinet Secretary highlights our collaborative efforts at Biodiversity event
    Scottish Land & Estates presented at this week’s Natural Capital and Biodiversity event in Edinburgh, highlighting our thoughts on future rural support and how it might be shaped to deliver for both food, farming and the environment.  Roseanna Cunningham MSP gave the keynote speech at the event.   Ms Cunningham hi
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  • 03/03/2017 - Loch Lomond & Trossachs - Introduction of Camping Byelaws
    This week Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park introduced new camping byelaws. Camping is welcome throughout the National Park but in order to protect some its most cherished lochshores, byelaws creating Camping Management Zones (which cover less than 4% of the Park’s 720 sq mile area) will be in effect between March and S
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  • 02/03/2017 - Tax 23 - Non Domestic Rates General
    This information sheet provides an overview of the non domestic rates system with particular reference to the 2017 revaluation.
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  • 02/03/2017 - Non-domestic water industry update
    Scottish Land & Estates was present for the latest non-domestic water industry update at which Consumer Futures Unit revealed a draft work plan for the year ahead. There was also a reminder that owners of unoccupied commercial property will be liable for water charges from 1 April 2017, and that as of April 2018, unmeasured c
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  • 02/03/2017 - Multi-million A9 dualling contract
    The Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the construction contract for the 9.5km section between Luncarty to Birnam has been published with work to deliver this £100 million scheme expected to start by the end of this year. A Contract Notice is expected to follow in the coming weeks. Design work also continues apace across
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  • 02/03/2017 - Hosts sought for Open Farm Sunday
    The organisers of the popular Open Farm Sunday are seeking hosts for this year’s event on Sunday 11 June 2017. Last year 21 farms in Scotland welcomed a collective attendance of 20,758, and Open Farm Sunday are on a mission to see this increase in 2017. They particularly want to focus on increasing the number of host farmer
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  • 02/03/2017 - GrowBiz provides support in rural Perthshire
    Until recently, GrowBiz has been providing community-based enterprise support mainly in the Eastern and Highland areas. Now, in partnership with Business Gateway, Perthshire Chamber and PKAVS, and with funding support from Rural Perth & Kinross LEADER, the service is available across Perthshire. Services are free and conf
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  • 02/03/2017 - Consultation on Raising Planning Fees
    Scottish Land & Estates has submitted its response to the consultation on raising planning fees, which seeks to make planning authorities able to fully recover costs for processing applications. Scottish Land & Estates agrees in principle with raising the fees to cover the full cost of delivery but we insist that delivery mus
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  • 02/03/2017 - Scottish Wildcat Action – SGP Event
    Scottish wildcats are a European Protected Species. A sharing Good Practice event, hosted in the SNH offices at Battleby took place on Friday 24 February. This was a specialist event for all those whose activities in developments and land management may impact on wildcat habitat; for example, local authority planners, forest
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  • 02/03/2017 - Sporting Rates Rumours
    Members are advised to be aware that there are a number of rumours circulating regarding sporting rates. The methodology has not yet been confirmed and therefore the rateable values cannot be estimated. Sporting Rates will be considered as any other rateable property is when applying for Small Business Bonus Relief. The valua
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  • 02/03/2017 - UK Supreme Court
    The UK Supreme Court will sit in the City Chambers in Edinburgh in June.  This is the first time that the UK’s highest court has sat outside of London.  Several appeals will be heard during the week commencing 12 June, with at least five of the Supreme Court Justices sitting over the course of the visit. The list of cas
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  • 02/03/2017 - Letting Agent Regulation Guidance
    The Scottish Government has published guidance on the new Letting Agent Regulations. This includes who needs to register, what the training requirements are, and what is required to comply with the Code of Practice. The regulations come into force on 31 January 2018. https://www.mygov.scot/letting-agent-registration/befor
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  • 02/03/2017 - FarrPoint to advise on 100% broadband rollout
    The Scottish Government has appointed telecoms and information technology firm FarrPoint to provide advice on the planning and rollout of Scotland’s digital infrastructure action plan. The action plan includes the Reaching 100% Superfast Broadband Coverage Programme (R100), which has a deadline of March 2021. The project wi
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  • 02/03/2017 - Windows
    Historic Environment Scotland (HES), is inviting views on its new revised non-statutory guidance note on Managing Change in the Historic Environment: Windows.  This is one in a series of guidance notes offering best practice advice on specific topics relating to the historic environment.  The draft note is here and the on-l
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  • 02/03/2017 - Scottish Business Hub in London
    A new Innovation and Investment Hub has opened in London for use by Scottish businesses. Scotland House, located at 58 Victoria Embankment, will provide meeting and event space and will be used by various organisations such as Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and HIE as well as any other Scottish business members. Sco
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