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

Central - Rachael Wright

North East - 

South East -

South West - 

Highlands & Islands - Drew McFarlane Slack
 


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
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Meeting Notes


Scottish Land & Estates Regional Team

Rachael Wright, Central Regional Manager

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Drew McFarlane Slack, Highlands & Islands Regional Manager

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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

  • 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 as possible.
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  • 05/03/2018 - 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 organic 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 l
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  • 05/03/2018 - Gordon Castle Estate Visit
    Members are invited to attend a visit to the spectacular Gordon Castle Estate on the 5 March 2018. Come along and see the magnificient Walled Garden with its organic cafe, gift shop with children's play area.  Learn about the Estates diversificaion into producing lifestyle products, luxury beauty and premimum gin.  Fin
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  • 27/02/2018 - Visit to Craigengillan Estate
    Members are invited to attend a visit to Craigengillan Estate on 27 February 2018 - 10am to 2.30pm. Come along and see the restoration work and hear first-hand from Mark Gibson the challenges and achievements and see a model of environmental excellence. While at Craigengillan we will visit the Scottish Dark Sky Observ
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  • 27/02/2018 - Electronic Communications Code Event
    The Electronic Communications Code Event    Time: 6pm-8pm Date: 27th February 2018, Venue: Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 3JT   Scottish Land & Estates is holding a briefing event on the new Electronic Communications Code which came into effect at the end of 2017. The Cod
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  • 21/02/2018 - Charlesfield Farms Ltd - Anaerobic Digestion
    Charlesfield Farms Ltd, St Boswells, Melrose Members can visit Charlesfield Farms Ltd - winner of the Iver Salvesen Green Business Award at Scottish Land & Estates Helping it Happen award ceremony in 2017 on 21 February 2018. At charlesfield Farms the estate decided to join the green revolution  The result was
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  • 24/01/2018 - The Lower Tweed Priority Catchment Solutions to Protect Water Quality – Jedburgh
    Date & Time: 24 January 2018 12:45 pm - 3.30pm Address: Jedburgh TD8 6SS Venues: Timpendean Farm  Topics: Water resource management   The River Tweed (Lower) is a Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchment. As part of Scotland’s targeted approach to reduce pollution risk, work is underway in a number of ‘prio
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  • 22/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 January 2018.
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  • 22/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 22/01/2018 - Current consultations - 22 January 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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  • 18/01/2018 - Consultation on tackling social isolation and loneliness
      A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections consultation was launched by the Scottish Government this week. Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives, and the problem can become particularly acute in
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  • 18/01/2018 - Avian Influenza restrictions affect England
      Defra has confirmed Avian Influenza in wild birds found dead in Warwickshire. This follows confirmation of H5N6 in wild birds in Dorset last week.    In response to the latest findings Defra have declared an Avian Influenza prevention zone covering all of England, which replaces the localised zone on the sout
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  • 18/01/2018 - Agri-Environmental Climate Change scheme is now open
    The next round of applications for the Agri-Environmental Climate Change scheme is now open.   The scheme supports environmentally friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland’s natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.   The scheme which is jointly fund
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  • 18/01/2018 - Parliament Committee Scrutiny of Non-Domestic Rates Reform
    The Local Government and Communities Committee took evidence from Derek Mackay this week. They probed the Scottish Government’s response to the Barclay Review recommendations to reform the non-domestic rates system. It was revealed there is still uncertainty amount how much will be raised from the reintroduction of rates on
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  • 18/01/2018 - Crofting Cross Party
    SLE attended the crofting cross party meeting at Parliament this week. The main agenda item was the closure of small abattoirs. The group was given a presentation by Bob Kennard who has conducted research for the Sustainable Food Trust on the issues and potential solutions. Sporting rates concerns were also discussed, as well
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  • 18/01/2018 - Recharging Rural
    The Prince’s Countryside Fund has appointed Professor Sarah Skerratt from SRUC to conduct research into what can make UK rural communities sustainable. The report will be published in July. There will be a call for evidence out shortly and those interested can find more information and can sign up for here...
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  • 15/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15 January 2018.
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  • 15/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 08 - 12 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 08 - 12 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 15/01/2018 - Current consultations - 15 January 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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  • 12/01/2018 - UK Government launches 25 year Environment Plan
      Theresa May launched the long awaited UK Government 25 Year Environment Plan yesterday.  The Plan takes a Natural Capital approach and seeks within a generation to reverse long-term environmental decline.    Some aspects of the Plan are relevant UK wide and some to England only.   The first two chapter on
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  • 11/01/2018 - Moray LDP Main Issues Report
    Moray Council is reviewing the Moray Local Development Plan 2015 and has prepared a Local Development Plan 2020 Main Issues Report (MIR) together with associated documents including a Monitoring Report and a Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment Environment Report.   Copies of the documents are available for viewi
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  • 11/01/2018 - Visit to the MacRobert Trust Estate and Douneside House
    Members can visit the MacRobert Trust Estate and Douneside House  on 26 March 2018.     At the heart of The MacRobert Trust 7,200 acre estate in Aberdeenshire is Douneside House. In June 2016, Douneside was reopened following an extensive renovation project.   Douneside House was highly commended in Scottish La
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  • 10/01/2018 - Housing Update Event
    Venue: Scottish Land & Estates, Stuart House, Eskmills, Musselburgh, EH21 7PB Date & Time: Wednesday 24th January, 5.30pm – 7pm We are delighted to invite members to a Housing Briefing at HQ in Musselburgh on the evening of 24th January. The event will cover topics such as the new residential tenancy, future minimum
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  • 08/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 08 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 08 January 2018.
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  • 08/01/2018 - Current consultations - 08 January 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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  • 04/01/2018 - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL CORE PATHS PLAN (CAITHNESS AND SUTHERLAND) AMENDED
    The Highland Council has reviewed its core paths plan as permitted by Section 20(1) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, as amended.  Following this review The Highland Council is proposing a number of amendments to the core paths plan for the areas of Caithness and Sutherland.  The amendments proposed have been publishe
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  • 04/01/2018 - Beavers in Scotland – SNH publication
    A paper has been published in the scientific journal ‘Mammal Review’ about the Scottish experience surrounding beaver reintroduction, written by Martin Gaywood, SNH. This is a 10,000 word ‘review paper’ which looks at work undertaken over 21 years in Scotland up to the SNH ’Beavers in Scotland’ report in 2015 (plu
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  • 04/01/2018 - Community land ownership
    The Official Statistics publication ‘Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland 2017’ was published recently. It highlighted that as at June 2017 there were 562,230 acres in community ownership, which is 2.9% of the total land area of Scotland. The document also includes breakdowns of community owned land by local
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  • 04/01/2018 - Trees for Life – Beaver Meetings
    Trees for Life are holding two meetings in January to update people on the latest with the Strathglass beavers situation, report back on the conversations had at previous meetings in the autumn and set out the next steps.  Whether you’re in favour of beavers in the wild, against the idea entirely or somewhere in between, T
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  • 04/01/2018 - Further detail on future rural support to be welcomed
    Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed new detail on post-Brexit rural support – and has urged the UK and Scottish Governments to work together to deliver further progress in future months.   The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said the speech by Environment Secretary Michael Gov
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  • 03/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 January 2018
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 January 2018.
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  • 03/01/2018 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 18 - 22 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 18 - 22 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 03/01/2018 - Current consultations - 03 January 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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  • 21/12/2017 - Leadership required from Government to achieve a new vision for Scottish farming
      Government will need to take the lead on tough decisions to truly transform the viability of Scottish farming over future decades, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. The organisation’s comments were made as part of their response to the interim discussion document from the Scottish Government’s Agriculture
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  • 21/12/2017 - Ministerial Statement of 100% Broadband
    On Tuesday, Fergus Ewing reiterated the Scottish Government’s commitment for every premises to be able to access superfast broadband by 2021. This statement was linked to the draft budget announcement. The first phase will be aimed at the most rural areas where commercial rollout will not reach. Fibre will be the primary de
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  • 21/12/2017 - Electronic Communications Code comes into force
    The new Electronic Communications Code setting out rights and obligations regarding the deployment and maintenance of mobile phone masts and other telecoms infrastructure will come into force on 28 December. The new Code only applies to agreements entered into following the commencement date. Ofcom has published a finalised
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  • 21/12/2017 - Non-Domestic Rates Implementation Plan in Response to Barclay Review
    Scottish Government has published an implementation plan for changes to the non-domestic rates system in response to the 30 recommendations in the Barclay Review, the majority of which have been accepted.  Read more...
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  • 21/12/2017 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Draft budget scrutiny
    Earlier this week, the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee took evidence from Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on Scottish Government’s draft budget 2018-19. Discussions covered climate change, Brexit, fuel poverty, Scottish land fund, peatlands and the Scottish Land Commissions. Read more...
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  • 21/12/2017 - Rural Economy Committee Questions Mr Ewing on Sporting Rates
    Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing faced the Rural Economy Committee as they scrutinised the draft budget on Wednesday. Mr Ewing was questioned on how the introduction of rates on shootings and deer forests has been considered in the budget, particularly in relation to Forestry Enterprise Scotland. Mr Ewing stated that he believe
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  • 21/12/2017 - Draft legislation workshop on Community Right to Buy: Abandoned, neglected or detrimental land
        Community Right to Buy: Abandoned, neglected or detrimental land Workshop to discuss Draft Legislation   When: Monday 29th January 2018       Time: 10.30 – 13.00 Where: Cairngorm Hotel, Grampian Road, Aviemore, PH22 1PE   Secondary legislation proposals relating to Part 3A of the Lan
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  • 20/12/2017 - LFASS payments will not reduce for 2018
    The Scottish Government has been able to confirm this week that LFASS payments in Scotland will not be reduce next year.  The government had been ready to reduce the payments by 20% in order to satisfy requirements at EU level,  but following recent approval of the EU Omnibus Regulation the change can be delayed until 2019.
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  • 19/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 18 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 18 December 2017.
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  • 19/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 11 - 15 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 11 - 15 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 19/12/2017 - Current consultations - 18 December 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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  • 19/12/2017 - South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project is recruting
    The SSGEP is looking for a team of experienced professional staff to help deliver the next five years of this exciting project. The project is seeking new team members to work with local schools, communities, landowners and gamekeepers in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders to help raise awareness, engage and enthu
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  • 15/12/2017 - Statement on land value tax investigation
      The Scottish Land Commission has today published contract details of a project to investigate options for the potential introduction of land value tax.   In its tender document the Scottish Land Commission states: “The overarching objective of this project is to assess, with reference to international experi
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  • 15/12/2017 - Compulsory Purchase Order National Assembly
      Local authorities and other stakeholders took part in a conference much of which was intended to help attendees better understand CPO procedures and empower acquiring authorities to use them. Minister for Housing and Local Government Kevin Stewart gave the keynote address and it was very much in the tone of getting acq
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  • 15/12/2017 - SRUC skills summit
    This week saw Scotland’s Rural College host three regional Skills Summits in Edinburgh, Inverurie and Dumfries. The events were to allow SRUC to engage in dialogue with key stakeholders, including Scottish Land & Estates, to help identify how SRUC might best meet industry needs in each region.
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  • 14/12/2017 - CNPA Delivery Group Meeting
    Cairngorms National Park Partnership members met with CNPA senior team on Tuesday in Grantown to discuss upcoming developments in the Park.   1. Cairngorms Connect, an exciting 200 year vision aiming at habitat restoration across 600 sqkm of the Park. between the Forestry Commission, SNH, RSPB and Wildland Ltd, owne
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  • 14/12/2017 - Glorious Gardens 2 project - Scotland's Garden and Landscape Heritage with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP)
    "Glorious Gardens 2” (GG2) is a project, being run by Scotland's Garden and Landscape Heritage with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) to develop a conservation strategy and landowner guidance notes for the historic gardens up and down the CAVLP area.  Phase 1 of Glorious Gardens resulted in detailed r
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  • 14/12/2017 - South Lanarkshire Local Access Forum
    South Lanarkshire have released dates for Local Access Forum meetings for 2018. The meetings are normally held at Chatelherault Country Park. Capacity is limited therefore if you are interested in attending please contact Alan Bannister, Access and Development Officer for South Lanarkshire Council at Alan.Bannister@southlanar
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  • 14/12/2017 - South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project – Launched
    The South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project was launched on Tuesday 12th December by Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform. The project is a partnership of RSPB Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Buccleuch, who h
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  • 14/12/2017 - Launch of Galloway National Park Association Discussions Document
    Galloway National Park Association launched its discussions document and leaflet this week, with a special event at the Galloway Activity Centre in Loch Ken. The launch marks the start of an ambitious community engagement process running through the end of spring 2018. The Association was formed in May 2017 and has been r
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  • 14/12/2017 - A Consultation on the Beavers in Scotland Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report (May 2017)
    Scottish Ministers announced on 24 November 2016 that the beaver populations in Knapdale in Argyll and in the Tay and Earn catchments could remain in Scotland subject to satisfactory completion of a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). These assessments have now been carried ou
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  • 13/12/2017 - Restaurants urged to check Venison Dealers Licences to help curtail deer poaching
    The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime is calling on hotels and restaurants to check where they get their venison, to ensure they’re not breaking the law or endangering their customers’ health. It’s part of the battle against illegal deer poaching in Scotland - a criminal activity which can also cause additio
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  • 13/12/2017 - Galloway glens land lottery jackpot
    A project to care for the landscape of south west Scotland and reconnect people with its "natural beauty" has landed a £2.73m grant. The support comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).   The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership will see villages and communities conserve and restore "the built and natural her
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  • 11/12/2017 - Questionnaire on the contribution of landowners to other people’s enjoyment of the outdoors
    The European Landowners’ Organisation along with other EU level organisations have developed a questionnaire which seeks to gather information on the extent to which land owners and managers contribute to others enjoyment of the outdoors.   The questionnaire calls these benefits to society “cultural ecosystem ser
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  • 11/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 11 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 11 December 2017.
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  • 11/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 04 - 08 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 04 - 08 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 11/12/2017 - Current consultations - 11 December 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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  • 08/12/2017 - Amendments made to Forestry and Land Management Bill
      The Rural Economy Committee this week considered Stage 2 amendments to the Forestry and Land Management Bill.  There are a substantial number of amendments proposed – 136 in total – and as such it was not possible for the Committee to cover them all in one sitting.  A second session will therefore take place on 1
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  • 07/12/2017 - Local Governance Review
    Communities are to have their say on how more decisions can be taken at a local level. The Scottish Government and COSLA have jointly launched a Local Governance Review, which will make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run. The review will involve hearing from communities a
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  • 07/12/2017 - Planning Bill published
    New legislation intended to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart. The Planning (Scotland) Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year. Although yet to be announced the lead committee for scrutinising the
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  • 07/12/2017 - Planning application decision times published
    Statistics on quarterly planning performance in Scotland have been released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician. The overall average decision time for all local applications (8.8 weeks for 6,967 applications) has decreased for the second consecutive quarter and is the quickest average time for any quarter since the start of th
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  • 07/12/2017 - Development Plan Approval
    Registers of Scotland has launched a new free service primarily aimed at residential housing developments.  Further details on Development Plan Approval can be found here...
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  • 07/12/2017 - Land Lines: The housing land market in Scotland
    The Scottish Land Commission has commissioned a series of independent discussion papers on key land reform issues.  The papers are intended to stimulate public debate and to inform the Commission’s longer term research priorities.  The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the
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  • 07/12/2017 - Fees for monitoring surface coal mining sites
    The Scottish Government has introduced a new provision for planning authorities to be paid a fee for monitoring surface coal mining sites. The new Circular states that “Effective monitoring of a site and the conditions that are attached to it is vital, in order to ensure that on-going operations are in line with the plannin
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  • 06/12/2017 - Financial Statements
    The UK Treasury has announced that there will be a Spring statement on 13 March 2018.   The Chancellor will not make significant tax or spending announcements at the Spring Statement, unless the economic circumstances require it.To fit in with an autumn Budget the process for the publication of consultations and draft le
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  • 06/12/2017 - Agricultural Weather Advisory Panel meets
    A new panel to help farmers become more resilient to weather shocks met for the first time this week. [read more] The panel was announced by Rural Economy Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing at AgriScot.  Speaking about the first meeting of the panel, Mr Ewing said, : “Having announced the formation of the new agricultural
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  • 06/12/2017 - Grouse Moor Licensing and Fox Hunting
    SNP delegates have backed a motion by its National Council calling for the SNP Scottish Government to come out in support of establishing a licensing system for driven grouse estates as part of efforts to tackle wildlife crime. The SNP National Council also moved to effectively proscribe fox hunting by making it illegal f
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  • 06/12/2017 - Trust Registration Service
    The Trust Registration Service a central electronic register with up to date information relating to individual trusts and complex estates which have a liability to tax has been set up.  There are strict deadlines for providing information, depending upon commencement of the trust, the first of which is 5th January 2018.  M
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  • 05/12/2017 - Unauthorised mountain bike trails present problems for farms and rural estates
    Problems created by the unauthorised construction of mountain bike trails in Scotland is being highlighted in a new awareness campaign. Care for the Countryside, an initiative organised by Scottish Land & Estates, is warning of the safety risks posed by poorly constructed self-built trails. The past decade has wi
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  • 05/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 04 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 04 December 2017.
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  • 05/12/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 27 November - 01 December 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 27 November - 01 December which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/12/2017 - Current consultations - 04 December 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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  • 01/12/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    NHS 24 presented at the most recent meeting of the National Rural Mental Health Forum this week. NHS 24 highlighted work it has been doing to address mental health and wellbeing issues within its service but was keen to identify areas where they could do more.   Specifically NHS 24 would like feedback on the followin
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  • 30/11/2017 - Implications for Rural Scotland of leaving the EU
    On Wednesday the National Council of Rural Advisers put out an interim report detailing the implications for rural Scotland of leaving the EU.  The full report can be found here... On the 22 June the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity announced the setting up of the National Council of Rur
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  • 30/11/2017 - CLA Rural Business Conference 2017
    The CLA England & Wales held their annual Rural Business conference in London this week, where attendees heard from a wide range of speakers, including Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Michael Gove. The focus of the conference was on the future of land use, and how landowners are finding new way
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  • 30/11/2017 - Chance to comment on plans for Perth & Kinross
    The Proposed Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) for Perth and Kinross will be published on 1 December 2017.  Read more...  
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  • 30/11/2017 - Enterprise and Skills Board revealed
    The advisory panel of business and economic representatives tasked with creating a fresh strategy for enterprise and skills support in Scotland has been unveiled. The Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, which will meet for the first time on 13 December, will work to maximise output from public sector investment in these ar
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  • 30/11/2017 - First National Chef appointed
        A National Chef has been appointed to help take forward plans to make Scotland a Good Food Nation, not only in terms of produce but also what people buy, serve and eat. Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing has announced that the winner of BBC Masterchef: The Professionals 2016, Gary Maclean has been
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  • 30/11/2017 - Industrial Strategy points to agriculture as a key area for investment
    UK Business Secretary Greg Clark launched a UK Industrial Strategy White Paper on Monday of this week, which picks up on the important role investment in new technology, particularly robotics, will play in farming’s future. A review of how UK and Scottish Government agencies can better collaborate to support business in
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  • 30/11/2017 - Clear vision set by Michael Gove MP at CLA conference
    The Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove MP, gave the key note address at the CLA’s London Rural Business conference on Tuesday.  He made it clear that agriculture will need to stand on its own two feet without the support of subsidy payments, but that public funding will be given for the deli
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  • 30/11/2017 - Crown Estates Scotland farmers to trial ‘valuing’ nature
    Two estates in Moray, which are run by Crown Estate Scotland, are to take part in a pioneering project to assess the value of natural assets to help them make decisions that will protect the environment and the land that they work on. The pilot will cover the entire 23,000 hectare Glenlivet Estate, an upland tenant farm on th
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  • 30/11/2017 - Crown Estates Scotland farmers to trial ‘valuing’ nature
    Two estates in Moray, which are run by Crown Estate Scotland, are to take part in a pioneering project to assess the value of natural assets to help them make decisions that will protect the environment and the land that they work on. The pilot will cover the entire 23,000 hectare Glenlivet Estate, an upland tenant farm on th
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  • 30/11/2017 - Broadband Delivery Bypassing Scottish Government
    There has been significant press this week about the provision of broadband following MP Matt Hancock’s announcement that future funding would go directly to Scottish Local Authorities rather than to Scottish Government. The responsibilities and delivery success remain unclear with UK Government and Scottish Government are
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  • 30/11/2017 - Crofting Consultation Response
    Scottish Land & Estates submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of crofting law. We have been engaged with the Bill Team for some time now through the stakeholder groups and hosting them at committee meetings and to a crofting estate.   SLE believes this opportunity must be take
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  • 30/11/2017 - Habitat Impact Assessment – funding support
    SNH has announced that it is making grants of £1,800 available to Deer Management Groups that support them in delivering agreed actions on Habitat Impact Assessment (HIA) as set out in their Deer Management Plans. This contribution can be used by DMGs to support delivery of three key phases: • Understanding the need for
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  • 30/11/2017 - Energy Efficiency and Condition Standards – Next Steps
    Following the publication of consultation responses, Scottish Government has confirmed how they will take the proposals forward. The Scottish Government has committed to introducing standards in the private rented sector to improve the energy efficiency of the least efficient properties. The standards and timescales will
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  • 30/11/2017 - Rural Housing Fund Extended
    The Housing Minister has agreed that the Rural and Islands Housing Funds will be extended from a three year period to a five year period (2016/17 to 2020/21). The guidance on the Scottish Government website will be updated shortly to reflect this. There will need to be a time limit set within the revised timescales for receip
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  • 30/11/2017 - Scottish firms lodge £5bn worth of business rates appeals
    Nearly a third of Scottish firms have appealed their business rates revaluation, totalling more than £5 billion, new figures have revealed. Businesses received their non-domestic rates valuation in April, with many warning the huge increases could force them to the wall and shed jobs. The SNP government has been seve
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  • 30/11/2017 - Highland Tourism Conference
    Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness hosted a major Highland Tourism Conference this week. Around 200 professionals, businesses and public sector reps attended the packed event. The focus of the event was Digital Tourism with presentations from leading Social Media guru Bonnie Bonnie Dubois  whose masterclass in the practical use
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  • 30/11/2017 - STA Tourism Scotland 2020 strategy update
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance has produce an e-publication which highlights the national tourism strategy, Tourism Scotland 2020, in action. This update will showcase some of the initiatives, large and small, with each edition focussed on a different strategic priority. The first edition focuses on ‘digital’.  
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  • 30/11/2017 - Heads Up For Harriers has best year in 2017
      As part of efforts to conserve hen harriers, 21 estates across Scotland joined the nest camera monitoring project, two thirds of which were driven grouse moors.  A total of 37 young successfully fledged from nests located on 7 of the estates, the highest number so far for the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Cr
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  • 30/11/2017 - Working for Waders: A Call for Volunteers
    Populations of wading birds like curlew, lapwing and oystercatcher have declined markedly across Scotland: since 1994, curlew have declined by 61%, lapwing by 53% and oystercatcher by 40%. Two workshops, held earlier in 2017, (the overview report is available here) highlighted that there was wide consensus on the need
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  • 27/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 27 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 27 November 2017.
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  • 27/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 20 - 24 November 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 20 - 24 November which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 27/11/2017 - Current consultations - 27 November 2017
    Please click on the PDF below to see a list of consultations which may be of interest to members and how to get involved in responses by Scottish Land & Estates.
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  • 24/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on grouse moor management review
    Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding the Scottish Government’s announcement on the grouse moor management review. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The announcement of the membership of the expert group to look at grouse moor management is a significant step f
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  • 23/11/2017 - ADMG Meeting - 23 November 2017
    ADMG met today (Thursday 23 Nov) at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Chairman Richard Cooke led a poignant tribute to Stephen Gibbs, who died last week and will be buried in Arran on Monday 27 November. The Agenda for the day included updates on Habitat Impact Assessments (including SNH financial support £1800.00per DM
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