Regions
Regions
Scottish Land & Estates consists of 5 regions which are managed by a team of 5 Regional Managers:-

Central -

North East - 

South East -

South West - 

Highlands & Islands -
 


The role of the Regional Management team is to promote our members’ businesses and interests and represent the members at a local and regional level.

Every Region has a local Regional Committee, led by a Regional Chairman. These committees play a fundamental role in representing members' interests and offering their views to the Scottish Land & Estates headquarters in Musselburgh. Regional Managers are the cornerstone of members' relationships with the Scottish Land & Estates.

Through the regional membership we can better understand the issues and challenges facing rural business both on a day-to-day basis and longer term.

Regional Events
Regional News
Regional Committee members
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This section of the website is dedicated to providing members with the right tools to help the regional effort - helping members to help themselves. This input is vital to the success of our ongoing efforts - we need your help.

 



Latest Regional

  • 15/05/2018 - Gordon Castle Estate Visit
    Members are invited to attend a visit to the spectacular Gordon Castle Estate.  Come along and see the magnificent Walled Garden with its café, gift shop and children’s play area.  Learn about the Estates diversification into producing lifestyle products, luxury beauty and premium gin.  Finally finish off with 2 course
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  • 26/04/2018 - Digital Connectivity at Westminster
    The Scottish Affairs Committee in Westminster continued to take evidence on digital connectivity this week. The committee heard from the major network operators and community network operators. https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/33449351-92b8-4019-b894-4ba9d512aac1
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  • 26/04/2018 - HIE Fibre Broadband Voucher Scheme
    The new Voucher scheme is available to those in the Highlands and Island and can contribute up to £3,000 towards the cost of SMEs connecting to full fibre broadband. Residents, who can only apply alongside a business, can claim for a voucher up to £500. Read more...  
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  • 26/04/2018 - Wayleaves Rates
    SSE and Scottish Power have announced their wayleaves rent and compensation payments for 2018. The power companies are keeping the rental element static for another year. The compensation element is increasingly slightly in line with costing calculations produced by SRUC. Scottish Land & Estates is disappointed that the r
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  • 26/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions from 16-20 April 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions from 16-20 April 2018 which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 26/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23rd April 2018.
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  • 24/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes Land Commission report on encouraging agricultural land lettings
    Scottish Land & Estates today welcomed a new discussion paper on letting land, published by the Scottish Land Commission, as a progressive look at rejuvenating the sector. Sarah Jane Laing, executive, director of Scottish Land & Estates, said the report produced by Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser to the Central Associ
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  • 23/04/2018 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on raven research licence
    A research licence issued by SNH to manage raven numbers in the face of declines in wader bird populations is a pragmatic approach, the Scottish Moorland Group has said. The organisation said that it hoped the licence provided to the Strathbraan Community Collaboration for Waders would allow land managers to help birds su
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  • 23/04/2018 - Privacy Notice
    Scottish Land & Estates - Privacy Notice
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  • 20/04/2018 - Global campaign launched to take Scotland to the world
    A major new campaign to put Scotland in the international spotlight and showcase the country’s world-leading assets to a global audience has been launched simultaneously in North America, London and China. ‘Scotland is Now’ is designed to put the country firmly at the top of everyone’s list of places to live, work, st
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  • 20/04/2018 - SLC to publish community engagement codes of practice
    To coincide with the publication of the ‘Guidance on Engaging Communities in Decisions Relating to Land’, the Scottish Land Commission has announced that it will be developing a series of Codes of Practice for land owners, land managers and communities to support community engagement.   The Codes of Practice
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  • 20/04/2018 - Guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land published
    Scottish Government has published guidance on engaging communities in decisions relating to land as required by Part 4 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016. The guidance focuses on improving engagement when significant decisions are being made about the use of land. It is aimed at all owners of land and land managers, wheth
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  • 20/04/2018 - Scottish Campaign for National Parks AGM
    On Friday 20 April 2018 SCNP held its AGM at  the Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Dumbarton Road, Stirling. Speakers at the conference included Dame Barbara Kelly, President of the Galloway National Park Association and Jane Bower from the Campaign for a Scottish Borders National Park, who outlined the cases for new Nati
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  • 20/04/2018 - New Rural Economic Commission Launched
    A new national rural commission that will look at the challenges and opportunities faced by the economy in rural areas, has been launched by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). The independent commission will run for 2 years and aims to come forward with solutions and actions to meet short term challenge
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  • 20/04/2018 - Working for Waders - Actions across Scotland
    WORKING FOR WADERS - Actions across Scotland Working for Waders (WfW) recognises the desire across Scotland for further collaborative action on the ground to address issues affecting wading bird populations and help support wader recovery.   WfW developed from the successful Understanding Predatio
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  • 20/04/2018 - Sporting Rates – Unoccupied Property Relief
    Members will have received a special email on Tuesday explaining Scottish Government has issued Local Authorites with non-statutory guidance regarding non-domestic rates relief application. This guidance includes that Unoccupied Property Relief should be awarded at 100% to shooting rights where no commercial shooting or stalk
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  • 18/04/2018 - New relief on sporting rates a substantial boost to rural business
    New Scottish Government guidance which could lead to reliefs on non-domestic rates on sporting rights for many rural businesses has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. The non-statutory guidance, issued to local authorities last Friday, states that Unoccupied Property Relief can be awarded at 100% to shooting rights
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  • 18/04/2018 - Landowners back principles for community engagement
    Land-based businesses are supportive of the aims of new guidance designed to enhance community engagement across Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. The organisation, which represents landowners and rural businesses, made the comments following guidance published today by the Scottish Government focused on e
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  • 18/04/2018 - SLE statement on missing sea eagle
    Scottish Land & Estates has supported an appeal for information on a sea eagle whose satellite tag has stopped transmitting in Perthshire. A spokesperson for Scottish Land & Estates said: “We support the call for anyone with information which could help locate this sea eagle to pass that onto Police Scotland as soon as
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  • 13/04/2018 - Moorland management best practice detailed in new guidance
    Mountain hare management, worm control and heather cutting guidance published New guidance on moorland management best practice, on topics including mountain hares and heather cutting, has been welcomed by landowners’ organisation Scottish Land & Estates. The documents, published by Scotland’s Moorland Forum, are
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  • 12/04/2018 - South of Scotland Enterprise
    South of Scotland Economic Partnership is hosting 28 consultation events (breakfast and evening meetings) across south Scotland concerning the creation of the new Enterprise Agency for the area. You can register your place at one of the events here. There is also an online consultation which closes 7 June 2018. Any comments s
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  • 12/04/2018 - Aspiring Communities Fund
      The Scottish Government has published application forms and related guidance for the Aspiring Communities Fund which is open until 1 June 2018. The fund will support partnership approaches between statutory bodies and local communities with a shared interest in exploring new and sustainable way of working to improv
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  • 12/04/2018 - OECD Rural Conference
    The 11th OECD Rural Development Conference was held in Edinburgh this week. The theme for the conference was ‘Enhancing Rural Innovation’ and it covered topics including ‘Supporting business to innovate’, ‘Rural policy and future governance’ and ‘Promoting entrepreneurship’. A Policy Statement on Enhancing Rur
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  • 12/04/2018 - Have you carried out a farm structure health check?
      With slurry applications and silage making just around the corner, making sure that the structures on your farm are well maintained can save you time and money as well as reducing the risk of pollution from your farm.    Manufacturers of slurry stores recommend maintenance schedules for equipment
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  • 12/04/2018 - Helping Scottish farmers stay resilient in changing times
    In December, the Farm Advisory Service (FAS) issued the first in a series of case studies showcasing the experiences of farmers who have been able to improve specific aspects of their business through the support available to them from FAS.    Please see below, the latest set of case studies featuring person
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  • 12/04/2018 - Publication of Transitions to agroecological systems: farmers’ experience Report
    SNH, with other agencies in the Land Use Policy Group (LUPG)*, has published a report on farmers’ experiences of transition to agroecological approaches. The Organic Research Centre undertook the work with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.   The researchers sought to address the question of how farmer
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  • 12/04/2018 - A consultation on an application to register the name "Scottish Wild Venison" as a protected geographical indication under the EU quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs
    EU regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs provides a system for the protection of products on a geographical or traditional recipe basis. This system is similar to the familiar 'appellation controlee' system used for wine.   If you are a producer of agricultural products
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  • 11/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates' Annual Conference 2018
    Brexit and beyond: the future for Scottish rural businesses 29th May 2018, Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh Rural Scotland stands at a crossroads. Brexit represents a pivotal moment that will have long-lasting consequences for rural policy and for rural businesses and communities. There is so much that re
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  • 09/04/2018 - Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle select Wildness Foundation UK to receive Royal wedding donations
      The Wilderness Foundation UK are deeply honoured to be listed as one of seven charities selected by Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle to receive donations in place of gifts to celebrate their wedding on 19th May 2018.   The couple have chosen to re-direct the generosity of the public towards causes which the co
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  • 06/04/2018 - The Missing Salmon Project
    The Atlantic Salmon Trust has launched The Missing Salmon Project – a campaign to raise £1 million by the end of 2018 to fund a tagging and tracking project that will uncover the secrets of the missing salmon to help prevent further decline of this iconic species. The Missing Salmon Project will be the largest acoustic tra
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  • 06/04/2018 - Fisheries Management Scotland – Nurturing the Next Generation - Conference
    Earlier this week FMS held their annual conference at the SNH offices in Battleby. The conference brought together a network of freshwater fishery managers, scientific staff, government, agencies and wider stakeholders to exchange information and experiences, and promote collaboration on the protection, conservation and manag
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  • 06/04/2018 - SEPA publishes charging scheme response
    Last week SEPA published a summary and analysis of its Environmental Regulation (Scotland) Charging Scheme 2018 consultation. Hydro schemes from 0.1 – 0.5MW will have a single annual charge of £200 and schemes from 0.5 – 2MW will be charged based on an abstraction formula of 50% of the winter permitted abstraction and 25
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  • 06/04/2018 - Scottish Budget - New income tax rates
    Scotland’s new system of income tax rates and bands has come into force.  The new Scottish system adds a 19% "starter" rate for those on low incomes, as well as a 21% rate for those who earn above the median salary. It also adds a penny to the higher and top rates, bringing them to 41% and 46%. Previously, Holyrood
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  • 05/04/2018 - Scale and Concentration of land ownership in Scotland call for evidence
    The Scottish Land Commission has launched an open call for evidence of people’s experiences and views, both positive and negative, related to concentration of land ownership. The Commission is looking particularly for responses from people with personal experience of the issues including individuals, community groups and la
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  • 05/04/2018 - Community Land Scotland - urban community ownership report
    Community Land Scotland have published research on Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018.  The research highlights that urban communities face a different set of challenges to rural communities including high land values; low awareness of the potential of community ownership; a lack of geographically based co
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  • 05/04/2018 - National Outcomes – views sought
    The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government & Communities Committee are looking for views on three of the Scottish Government’s revised National Outcomes which are connected to your role’s as land owners and land-based businesses. We encourage individual members to get in touch with the Committee to make sure your vi
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  • 05/04/2018 - ECO 3 Consultation
    The UK Government is now consulting on ECO 3 – the third version of the Energy Company Obligation. This scheme is providing crucial support to improving the energy efficiency for low income and vulnerable households. It is currently unknown if Scottish Ministers will use their powers to create their own eligibility criteria
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  • 05/04/2018 - Resilient Communities Fund
    Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks have established a Resilient Communities Fund offering grants of up to £20,000 to support communities improve their resilience. The fund is primarily focused on projects which help vulnerable or isolated people living in SSE network areas. The fund will support projects that:
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  • 05/04/2018 - Scottish Renewables annual conference
    Scottish Renewables held their annual conference last week where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke of challenges to supply chain and skills base as a result of Brexit. Vicky Dawe, Deputy Director for Renewable Electricity Support Schemes at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spoke at the event comm
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  • 05/04/2018 - Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund
    The Scottish Government officially launched its £6 million rural tourism infrastructure fund on Friday 30 March 2018. The fund will be administered and managed by VisitScotland with final applications being restricted to local authorities and the two National Park authorities. There is a strong requirement for all applicatio
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  • 05/04/2018 - Scotland’s National Nature Reserves website – updated
    SNH has now created a new website for NNRs. The site has gone live using the new web address NNR.scot   They have created a much simpler site with a limited number of background pages, an A-Z list & a search by map.   Content on the site is deliberately minimal and quickly transfers visitors to t
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  • 03/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 April 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 April 2018.
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  • 03/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 - 30 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 - 30 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 03/04/2018 - Current consultations - 03 April 2018
    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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  • 02/04/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates AGM - 1 May 2018
    The Annual General Meeting of Scottish Land & Estates will be held on Tuesday 1 May 2018, with registration and refreshments from 10:30 a.m. and the AGM starting at 11 a.m. The AGM will be held at Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB.  We are delighted to announce Edward Mountain MSP will give the pre-l
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  • 29/03/2018 - Crofting Legislation Reform Announced
      Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing, announced his plans for crofting legislation to the Crofting Cross Party Group on Wednesday evening.    Mr Ewing explained the Government planned a two stage approach with a Crofting Bill this parliamentary session to make practical improvements which had consensus from stakeh
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  • 29/03/2018 - AGM 2018
      Members please click on the documents below for the Notice of the 2018 AGM and The Report & Accounts for 2017.  
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  • 29/03/2018 - Scottish Moorland Group statement on mountain hares
    The Scottish Moorland Group has issued the following statement regarding management of mountain hare populations. Tim Baynes, director of the Scottish Moorland Group, said: “Mountain hare management is not only legal but necessary and is carried out within a regulatory framework of closed seasons and licences administer
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  • 27/03/2018 - Woodland Herbivore Impact Assessment Awareness Day
      Tuesday 1 May 2018 West Moss-side Farm, Thornhill FK8 3QJ   BDS, in association with LDNS and SNH, is organising this event to assist deer managers and stalkers in knowing how best to assess deer and other herbivore impacts on their ground.   The day will commence at 10.00am with a classroom prese
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  • 27/03/2018 - South Lanarkshire Outdoor Access Forum
      The South Lanarkshire Outdoor Access Forum took place on the 29th March at Chatelherault Country Park. Minutes from the February meeting can be viewed here and in due course the minutes from the March meeting will also be published on here.    Items discussed at the meeting on the 29th included the Clyde Walk
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  • 27/03/2018 - Dumfries & Galloway Local Housing Strategy Consultation
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to Dumfries and Galloway Council's consultation on the Local Housing Strategy for 2018 to 2023. 
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  • 26/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 26 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 26 March 2018.
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  • 26/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 19 - 23 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 19 - 23 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 26/03/2018 - Current consultations - 26 March 2018
    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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  • 23/03/2018 - SLE statement on golden eagle disappearance near Edinburgh
    Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement in response to a press release by Chris Packham on an eagle missing since January near Edinburgh. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Once again,  we would urge anyone with information regarding the missing golden eagle Fred to make thi
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  • 22/03/2018 - Land use rather than ownership immediate priority for rural communities
    A meaningful debate about land use, rather than ownership, should be the key priority for rural communities as Brexit draws closer, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, made the comments in response to a call for evidence from the Scottish Land Commiss
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  • 22/03/2018 - Cairngorms National Park Forest Strategy Consultation
      The Cairngorms National Park Forest Strategy is the key document providing strategic direction on future forest management and the restoration of woodlands in the Cairngorms National Park over the next two decades and the Park Authority is consulting on their strategy. The deadline is 23 March and we would encourage me
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  • 21/03/2018 - Peatland ACTION - Call for Applications - Funding round 2018/2019
    Peatland ACTION is pleased to announce a call for applications to the Peatland ACTION Fund starting on Monday 19th March 2018. They are keen to have as many projects ready to deliver in 2018/19 and wish to encourage applications for longer term projects.  Whilst they will not be able to approve the future years of mu
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  • 20/03/2018 - Forestry Bill: Rejection of widened compulsory purchase powers welcomed
    The removal of a compulsory purchase power to ‘further sustainable development’ from new forestry legislation has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates.   The Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill passed its final stage in the Scottish Parliament today, completing the devolution of forestry in Scotland.
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  • 19/03/2018 - Crime Prevention Advice
    Please click on the PDF below to see some bulletin points on crime prevention advice for agricultural vehicles and plant equipment. For more information please visit http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/rural-crime
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  • 19/03/2018 - The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is open and recruiting for 2018
    The PoMS seeks the help of volunteers to collect data on pollinating insects, to help inform their conservation. There are two ways to get involved. One is to carry out a 10-minute Flower-Insect Timed Count. Anyone can take part between April and September, at any location where there are flowers and insects, and a full surve
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  • 19/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 March 2018.
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  • 19/03/2018 - Current consultations - 19 March 2018
    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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  • 16/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes new policing resource in the Cairngorms
    New special constables to work with Police Scotland in the Cairngorms National Park will provide a valuable additional resource to the region, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The addition of five new special constables was announced by Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham
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  • 16/03/2018 - Scottish Borders bids to harness horse tourism
          A new tourism scheme hopes to boost equestrian tourism in the Borders.   Ride Scotland's Horse Country aims to develop a network of facilities for riders and their horses along more than 300 miles of off-road trails.   Project co-ordinator Gowan Miller said the r
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  • 16/03/2018 - REC Committee - Salmon Farming in Scotland Inquiry
    The Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has agreed to conduct an inquiry into salmon farming in Scotland. The inquiry aims to consider the current state of salmon industry in Scotland, identify opportunities for its future development and explore how the various fish health and environmental challengers it currentl
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  • 16/03/2018 - Visit to Luss Estates
      SLE members from all over met on Tuesday 13 March to visit the fabulous Luss Estates, joint winner of Scottish Land & Estates Helping it Happen Rural Business Award 2017. The visit started with a tour of the 1MW run hydro at Glen Douglas - Luss Estates, Chief Executive, Simon Miller was on hand to prov
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  • 15/03/2018 - Collaborative Applications: Extension of AECS submission deadline
    While the application deadline for the 2018 AECS round is 13 April, applications which are part of a collaborative project may be eligible for the extended deadline of 31May if they meet both of the following requirements: they must comply with the collaborative approach guidance as part of the AECS application process.&n
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  • 15/03/2018 - Recharging Rural
     The Prince’s Countryside Fund has appointed Professor Sarah Skerratt of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to conduct vital research into what can make rural communities in the UK sustainable, in spite of the adversities they face. This research project will discover what makes communities in remote rural parts of the
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  • 15/03/2018 - Positive tenant-landlord findings welcomed by landowners
    A survey demonstrating the positive relationships between tenant farmers and landlords, and the conduct of agents within that process, has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. Published by the Scottish Land Commission’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, research seeking the views and experiences of landlords and tenants
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  • 14/03/2018 - Smearing of grouse moors ‘undermining’ investigations into satellite-tagged birds
    Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement in response to a RSPB media release on the alleged disappearance of a satellite-tagged golden eagle in Inverness-shire. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “RSPB has stated today that a young golden eagle fitted with a satellite tag disap
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  • 13/03/2018 - Visit to Luss Estates
    Date: 13 March 2018 Members are invited to attend a visit to Luss Estates on the 13th March.  This is a great opportunity to visit and look round the Estate’s developments.  If you would like to find out more about the estate’s developments and would like to attend please register your interest as soon
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  • 12/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 March 2018.
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  • 12/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 12/03/2018 - Current consultations - 12 March 2018
    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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  • 09/03/2018 - Rural Cross Party Group - Policing in Scotland
    Earlier this week SLE attended the Rural Policy Cross Party Group in Scottish Parliament. There was an excellent line-up of speakers who provided perspectives on a variety of issues relating to policing and crime in rural Scotland. They included: Inspector Jane Donaldson (Police Scotland Rural Crime Co-ordinator): Rur
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  • 09/03/2018 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (ECCLR) Committee report on the environmental impacts of salmon farming
    The ECCLR Committee’s focus is the report commissioned by SPICe and undertaken by SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL). The purpose of the report is to inform the Committee’s consideration and assist it in reaching its own views in advance of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s inquiry into salmon farming in Sco
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  • 09/03/2018 - Planning (Scotland) Bill - second oral evidence session
    The Local Government and Communities Committee held its second evidence session on the Planning (Scotland) Bill this week. A recurring theme of this session was the issue of land value uplift. A number of contributors used the session to highlight the cost of land as a barrier to development, calling it a ‘critical issue’
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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
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  • 09/03/2018 - Private Water Supplies
    The Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland (DWQRS) has published a series of web-based information pages for the new regulations. The site can be accessed here, and topics covered include; rights and responsibilities; grants; maintenance; risk assessments; treatment; and testing. Within each of the specific pages there
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  • 09/03/2018 - Compulsory Purchase Orders
    As part of updating guidance for land owners on the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process, the Scottish Government held an initial roundtable stakeholder event, including Scottish Land & Estates, to outline how such guidance will be taken forward. SLE will continue to feed into its development and any comments on the CP
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  • 09/03/2018 - Lowland Deer Panel
    SNH has now established a lowland deer panel to explore new approaches to deer management in the Scottish lowlands. The Lowland Deer Panel will examine the complex issues related to deer management in the Scottish lowlands. Its work will contribute to the Scottish Government’s ongoing review of deer management across Sc
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  • 09/03/2018 - Farm practice in goose scheme areas – contract awarded
    The aim of this contract is to collect data about farming practice in goose scheme areas so that SNH can verify some of the assumptions that we have used to calculate goose scheme payments.   This will help to inform payment rate calculations for any future schemes (after the current schemes close in 2021), and will
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  • 08/03/2018 - Deer Management - Upland Habitats and Impact of Herbivores
    There are four events coming up for upland estates, land managers and stalkers to learn more about assessing impacts of herbivores on blanket bog and upland heathland habitats.  The events are targeted to upland estates, stalkers and managers to help assess impacts on blanket bog and upland heathland habitats. The day
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  • 08/03/2018 - Farm practice in goose scheme areas – contract awarded
    The aim of this contract is to collect data about farming practice in goose scheme areas so that SNH can verify some of the assumptions that we have used to calculate goose scheme payments.   This will help to inform payment rate calculations for any future schemes (after the current schemes close in 2021), and will
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  • 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
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  • 05/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 March 2018.
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  • 05/03/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 February - 02 March 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 February - 02 March which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/03/2018 - Current consultations - 05 March 2018
    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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  • 02/03/2018 - Subsidised funding available to help Scottish farmers stay resilient in changing times
      Uncertainty over future subsidies and the impact of Brexit is a key concern for many business owners in the UK, not least of all, those in the farming sector.   Whilst it is too early to tell what impact, if any, there will be – investing in your strengths, improving business efficiency and reducing
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  • 02/03/2018 - Searching for Scotland's Finest Woods
      The finest woodlands in Scotland are being asked to step forward as part of a national awards programme.     Scotland's Finest Woods Awards 2018 recognise excellence in the creation and management of woodlands and forests.   A Farm Woodland Award has been added for 2018, in a
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  • 02/03/2018 - Greycoat Lumleys Current Candidates
    Some Of Our Candidates Currently Available And Looking For A New Position   Please contact Lesley Jones, Scotland Manager on 0131 556 5139 if you require more information lesley@greycoatlumleys.co.uk   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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  • 02/03/2018 - CNPA Main Issues Report
      Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response to the Cairngorms National Park Main Issues Report, full details of which can be found on our website here. We highlighted the fact that many small working rural communities in the Park depend on land based businesses for their viability, and enabling those commu
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  • 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.  
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  • 01/03/2018 - SLE responds to Motion about satellite tagged Golden eagle
    Edinburgh City Council debated the fate of “Fred”, a young eagle located in the Pentland Hills in mid January, which disappeared in the North Sea.  Alleged to be a “suspicious” death in a video by TV campaigner Chris Packham, SLE wrote to put the record straight on parts of the Motion.     
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  • 01/03/2018 - Funding for Skye tourism hotspots
    Highland Council has announced an improved car park at the Fairy Pools will receive £200,000 of EU funding. The Scottish Government is also putting £100,000 towards creating a new car park at the Quiraing ridge in the north of the island. Traffic jams and vehicles getting stuck in ditches have become commonplace in the area
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  • 01/03/2018 - Planning (Scotland) Bill oral evidence
    The first oral evidence session to the Local Government and Communities Committee on the Planning (Scotland) Bill was held this week. Those giving evidence shared a desire to see the Local Place Plans be given greater recognition in the Local Development plan. There was a range of views as to whether or not the Bill should in
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  • 01/03/2018 - Local Government and Communities Committee Conference – Planning (Scotland) Bill
    Scottish Land & Estates attended a conference held by the lead committee tasked with scrutinising the passage of the Planning (Scotland) Bill this week. SLE talked to committee members about the need to increase opportunities for consultation at the front end of the planning process rather than entertaining the prospect o
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  • 01/03/2018 - Forestry lobby calls for rejection of Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
    Earlier this week, a number of organisations called on MSPs to oppose the new Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill to ensure the Forestry Commission Scotland isn’t abolished and doesn’t become part of the Scottish Government.     Read more...
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  • 01/03/2018 - Buccleuch asks Scottish Tenant Farming Commissioner to probe tenancy claims
    Buccleuch announced today that it has asked the Scottish Tenant Farming Commissioner to examine its negotiations with agricultural tenants over their farm leases.   Allegations of bullying and intimidation were made at a public meeting in Langholm on Tuesday evening which was held to discuss Buccleuch’s forestry pr
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