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 - Rachael Wright

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
Regional Committee members
Meeting Notes


Scottish Land & Estates Regional Team

Rachael Wright, Central Regional Manager

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Rachael Wright, South East 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

  • 11/07/2017 - Use it or lose it – FAS Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty
    The Scottish Government’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is holding a series of events across Scotland this summer to inform tenant farmers and landowners about important changes to tenancy legislation including the current Tenants’ Improvements Amnesty.    Agreed as part of the 2016 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016
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  • 04/07/2017 - Royal Scottish Forestry Society: Lothian and Borders Field Day
    Royal Scottish Forestry Society: Lothian and Borders Field Day  Forest Management, Recreation and Competing Land Uses  Dunglass Estate, Cockburnspath, Tuesday 4th July 2017      RV 10:00 hrs Farm Dairy, TD13 5XF. OS: NT 763 722   Dunglass is a fascinating example of a modern day diver
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  • 28/06/2017 - Southern Upland Partnership AGM
    The Southern Uplands Partnership has invited four innovative thinkers to share their views on rural development post Brexit on the 28th June 2017. The free event will take place at the Yarrow Feus Hall near the Gordon Arms from 2pm on the 28th June and if you would like to attend, you will need to reserve a seat. Please e
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  • 26/06/2017 - Highland Infrastructure Fund
    The Scottish Government and Highland Council have launched a new fund to help with the costs to connect new affordable housing in the Highlands to infrastructure such as water and electricity. Scottish Land & Estates is delighted Scottish Government has acknowledged the issue and we hope the fund proves to be successful and a
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  • 26/06/2017 - Current consultations - 26 June 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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  • 26/06/2017 - New enterprise agency
      Economy Secretary Keith Brown has announced the creation of a new enterprise agency which will be tasked with meeting the "distinctive economic needs" of the south of Scotland when it becomes fully operational in 2020.  The new agency will effectively take over the role of Scottish Enterprise in the south of the count
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  • 26/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 26 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 26 June 2017
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  • 26/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 19 - 23 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 19 - 23 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 25/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates at the Shows
      22-25 June 2017 - Royal Highland Show, Ingliston, Edinburgh Scottish Land & Estates will be in the usual place at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston this year. Our Members’ Reception, sponsored by Gillespie Macandrew LLP, will be on Thursday 22 June as usual from 11.30am to 2pm, with Friday 23 being the fo
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  • 23/06/2017 - Rural Economy Committee hear evidence on Forestry Bill
    On Wednesday of last week the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee heard thoughts from a range of industry stakeholders, including Scottish Land & Estates’ member Malcolm Nicol of Ballogie Estate, on the new Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill.  The full session can be found here...  Issues which the
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  • 23/06/2017 - Forth Valley Poaching Group
    Earlier this Scottish Land & Estates attended the inaugural meeting for the renewed Forth Valley Poaching Group which was hosted by PC Laura Robertson – Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer in Callandar.  The group comprised of representatives from the National Park Police Division, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural
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  • 23/06/2017 - Devolved Taxation
    The Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay said in a Holyrood Statement that £633m had been raised in revenue from devolved taxes in 2016-17 - some £38million less than had previously been estimated. Most of the money (£484million) came from the Land and Buildings Transactions Tax, while the Scottish Landfill Tax raised £149mill
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  • 23/06/2017 - Historic Environment
    Historic Environment Scotland has now published online the latest guidance note in its series on managing change in the historic environment.  This note    Castles and Towerhouses provides guidance for anyone considering a castle consolidation or restoration project.  It will also help guide decision-makers in assessing
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  • 23/06/2017 - Taxation - Grazings
    Tax relief implications for grazings have been clarified by a First-Tier Tribunal case this year, John Carlisle Allen.  The decision helps to differentiate between investment or trading activities by a landowner.  This case, while based on operations in Northern Ireland, has relevance to a range of reliefs applicable to the
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  • 23/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates welcomes women in agriculture taskforce
    Scottish Land & Estates has said new research on women’s involvement in agriculture provides a valuable resource to the farming sector. The study, published by the Scottish Government today, looks why women are underrepresented within the agricultural industry and what mechanisms could encourage more women to choose far
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  • 22/06/2017 - Respectful countryside access promoted in new national campaign
    A new awareness campaign designed to encourage respectful access in rural Scotland has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates. Care for the Countryside, an initiative backed by farmers, rural businesses and landowners, was unveiled today at the Royal Highland Show. Three topics are the initial focus for campaig
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  • 19/06/2017 - New President for the ELO
    At their General Assembly in Estonia last week, the European Landowners’ Organisation elected a new president, Pierre-Olivier Drege.  To Read more please click on the PDF below.
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  • 19/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 19 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 19 June 2017
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  • 19/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 12 - 16 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 12 - 16 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 16/06/2017 - Greycoat Lumleys Scotland
    A STRONGER RELATIONSHIP TO SUPPORT MEMBERS Greycoat Lumleys, the international recruitment agency for private households and estates, is strengthening its long-standing relationship with Scottish Land & Estates by expanding its support for our organisation’s events and  members’ communications. The synergies between
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  • 16/06/2017 - John Muir Trust launch “Keep it Wild” campaign
    This week saw the John Muir Trust launch an attempt to have so called “wild land areas” formally designated and therefore protected from what they call industrial developments.  The campaign coincides with the imminent decision over the Court of Session Creag Riabhach wind farm case.  Despite claims by the Trust tha
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  • 16/06/2017 - Highland Local Housing Strategy Consultation
    Highland Council is looking for views on their draft Local Housing Strategy. The Strategy sets out the council’s housing aims for the next 5 years and covers issues such as provision of new housing, improving housing quality, and tackling homelessness. Read Strategy here...
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  • 15/06/2017 - Unemployment rate matches lowest on record
    Scotland’s unemployment rate has fallen to match the lowest rate in 25 years. It fell by 0.6 percentage points over the last quarter to 4.0%, equalling the figure for March to May 2008, and the lowest rate since the recession. The unemployment level fell by 17,000 over the quarter to 109,000, and decreased by 49,000 ove
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  • 15/06/2017 - Broadband rollout reaches new milestone
    Over 750,000 Scottish homes and businesses can now connect to fibre broadband thanks to the £428 million Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme. It means that more than 90% of Scotland now has access to fibre broadband thanks to the programme and commercial deployment, which is part of the Scottish Government’s com
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  • 15/06/2017 - Growth outlook positive
    The latest assessment of Scotland’s economic performance has been published in Chief Economist Dr Gary Gillespie’s State of the Economy report. The report contains analysis from the Scottish Government, drawing on a range of recently published statistics, to qualify the impact that London has on various UK economic statis
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  • 15/06/2017 - £3.6m boost for Borders economy
    A business incubator centre in Hawick will help Borders businesses establish themselves and grow, thanks to a £3.6 million funding package. The funding will also: Develop four industrial units at the edge of the town Upgrade existing business facilities in Hawick’s Tower Mill Secure commitment by Scot
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  • 15/06/2017 - Private Water Supplies consultation reminder
    Members are reminded that there is a consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 which seeks responses by 28 July 2017. Scottish Land & Estates has held discussions with Scottish Government officials outlining some of our early concerns to date. If
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  • 15/06/2017 - Outdoor tourism group
    The outdoor tourism group reconvened this week. Group members updated each other on their current work and were briefed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise on plans for taking forward Adventure Tourism into 2020, including the possibility of funding for an ‘Adventure Tourism Accelerator’. Scottish Land & Estates will upda
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  • 15/06/2017 - STA to launch research project
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance has commissioned Assenti Research and EKOS Ltd to undertake research to gain a clearer insight into the impact of the rising costs within Scotland’s tourism sector. This research is being undertaken to enable the industry to demonstrate to all governments and local authorities that despite posi
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  • 15/06/2017 - New SNP Westminster Leadership
    Following the General Election, the Prime Minister has reshuffled her cabinet and details can be found here... Michael Gove is the new Environment Secretary. Junior Ministerial appointments are still being published.
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  • 15/06/2017 - IT project for rural payments ends but significant issues remain
    The legacy of an IT programme set up to deliver financial support to rural businesses still presents significant risks and costs for the Scottish Government.  Audit Scotland has reviewed the progress made in resolving serious issues with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Futures programme, created to enable the Scotti
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  • 15/06/2017 - SNP's CAP payments fiasco won't be sorted until 2018 'at the earliest' - report
    Scotland’s farmer payments crisis won’t be sorted until 2018 “at the earliest”, a damning report into the scandal has revealed. Audit Scotland said issues in relation to the SNP’s processing of Common Agricultural Policy payments “continue to have a significant impact”. It warned that “it is likely t
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  • 15/06/2017 - Post-Brexit rural support discussed at inaugural roundtable event
    The future of agriculture and rural development support, post-2020, has been discussed as a special roundtable event held in Edinburgh. Organised by Scottish Land & Estates and Scottish Environment Link, a range of stakeholders including the Scottish Government, and organisations representing farming, land management, rur
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  • 15/06/2017 - Moorland site visit for Cairngorms National Park Board
    Invercauld and Mar estates hosted a meeting  on 9th June to explain more about the East Cairngorms Moorland Partnership, how moorland management helps achieve the Park objectives and the downstream benefits of private investment in the region.
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  • 15/06/2017 - HIE Housing Workshop
    This week Scottish Land & Estates participated in a workshop run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise regarding research it has conducted on how investment in Highland and Islands housing can be stimulated. Issues identified included hidden demand, access to finance, utility connections, low and seasonal rural incomes, and pla
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  • 15/06/2017 - Energy Efficiency Workshop
    The Scottish Government has held three workshops to engage with landlords about the energy efficiency and conditions standards consultation. Scottish Land & Estates attended the Ayr event on Tuesday.  Members are reminded that the consultation closes on 30th June and we would encourage you to submit your own responses as wel
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  • 15/06/2017 - Permitted Development Rights for Electronic Communications
    An amendment order has been laid before parliament and it due to come into effect on 31 July 2017. The amendment alters the permitted development rights in relation to electronic communications equipment.  Read Permitted Development Rights Class 67 Changes...
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  • 15/06/2017 - Tail docking evidence
    The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee took evidence from Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham on legislation relating to the tail docking of working dogs. You can view this evidence session here...
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  • 15/06/2017 - SRDP Scheme deadline reminder
    A reminder that the deadline for the submission of standalone slurry store applications is 30 June 2017.  Applicants are also reminded to refer to the'How to apply'and the Slurry storage guidance/supporting information to check which supporting documents are required to be submitted with the application. For example, t
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  • 15/06/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner issues first Code of Practice
    Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, has issued the first Code of Practice to be followed by landowners, tenant farmers and land agents.  Read more here...  
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  • 15/06/2017 - Fife Access Forum
    Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates attended an access meeting held by the Fife Access Forum in Glenrothes. The evening provided the opportunity for all members of the public, community councils and other community groups with an interest in the outdoors to come along and hear from the Forum and to discuss / share any i
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  • 15/06/2017 - Galloway National Park Meeting
    In the light of growing interest in the prospect of a Galloway National Park, the Southern Uplands Partnership organised an event to discuss the potential implications for the region. The invited audience heard from Tony Gates, CEO of the Northumberland National Park Authority and from John Riddle, ex Chair of the NNPA Board
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  • 15/06/2017 - Deer Management Round Table
    Earlier this week the Deer Management Round Table (DMRT) group met at the SNH offices in Battleby. The group briefly discussed the recently published Environment Climate Change and Land Reform Committees report on Deer Management in Scotland and received an update on progress and next steps from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH
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  • 14/06/2017 - Amnesty on tenant’s improvements
      The Scottish Government is continuing to roll out implementation of the agricultural holdings provisions in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.     One of the key provisions in the 2016 Act relates to the amnesty on tenant’s improvements.  The amnesty commenced on 13 June 2017 and will last for 3 years.
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  • 14/06/2017 - Meeting with Housing Minister
    On Wednesday Scottish Land & Estates met with the Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP. Mr Stewart was keen to hear how members contribute to Scotland’s housing supply and how the initiatives to encourage more rural affordable housing are working. Other topics covered included the new tenancy regime and the current energy ef
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  • 12/06/2017 - Statement on ‘amnesty’ code of practice
    Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement after the publication today by the Tenant Farming Commissioner of The Code of Practice for the Amnesty on Tenants’ Improvements. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We believe wholeheartedly in the amnesty for tenants’ improvements. Our
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  • 12/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 12 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 12 June 2017.
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  • 12/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 05 - 09 June 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 05 - 09 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 09/06/2017 - SOAN Networking Day
    Earlier this week, Scottish Land & Estates attended the Scottish Outdoors Access Network (SOAN) networking day held in the SNH offices at Battleby.  The theme for the day was ‘The Changing Landscape for Access’ and focused on the external challenges that are affecting the roles of staff working within access, namely an o
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  • 08/06/2017 - Housing Questionnaire
    Scottish Land & Estates would be grateful if members with housing interests complete a short questionnaire. This will assist us in understanding your views on rural housing including barriers to developing new rural housing and the changing legislation. The results will enable us to represent you from a more informed position
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  • 08/06/2017 - Energy Efficiency and Conditions Standards in Private Rented Housing Consultation Reminder
    Members are reminded that the Scottish Government consultation which proposing minimum energy efficiency requirement for let property remains open until 30th June. We would encourage members to submit their own responses and to provide Katy Dickson at HQ with any suggestions and examples. For more details: Scottish Land &
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  • 08/06/2017 - Housing Roadshows
    Scottish Land and Estates’ Katy Dickson was joined by Turcan Connell and the Scottish Government on a four stop Housing Roadshow this week engaging with almost 200 people. They travelled to Inverness, Perth, Dumfries and Edinburgh to discuss the new residential tenancy, letting agent regulations and the current energy effic
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  • 08/06/2017 - Cycling tourism guide published
    A toolkit for Scottish business wishing to attract cycling visitors has been published by the Cycle Tourism Forum in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Sustrans. The guide highlights the potential of leisure cycling as a valuable revenue stream for traditional tourism businesses such as cafés and restaurants, visitor a
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  • 08/06/2017 - Place Standard film and evaluation report launched
    NHS Health Scotland and partners have published a short film about the Place Standard and an evaluation of how it is being implemented across Scotland. The Place Standard tool lets communities, public agencies, voluntary groups and others find those aspects of a place that need to be targeted to improve people’s health, wel
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  • 08/06/2017 - Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference
    This year’s Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference focused on securing a long-term and prosperous future for hydro and the benefits it can bring. While the sector awaits clarity on the future of the Feed-in-Tariff, hydro lacks a viable route to a viable market. This event comes as the effects of tariff degression are still be
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  • 08/06/2017 - Mental health waiting times
    The number of children and young people seen by mental health services (CAMHS) within the target time has increased for the third consecutive year. Figures published by ISD Scotland showed that 83.6% of people were seen within 18 weeks during the quarter ending 31 March 2017, up from 82.5% in the previous quarter. However, th
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  • 08/06/2017 - More dates added to Land Commission’s series of events
    The Scottish Land Commission has added more dates to its series of Meet & Greet events which are taking place across Scotland over the coming months. The Commission has announced the addition of three new dates to the series, with meetings to take place in Inverness, Islay and Oban. More details and to book here...  
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  • 08/06/2017 - Rural Policy lessons from around the world
    This week’s Parliamentary Rural Policy Cross-Party Group heard from Norway, Canada and Northern Ireland on their broad approach to rural policy.  At a time when Scotland likely faces big decisions about how its own rural policy should look after Brexit, the timing could not have been better [read more] The insights pro
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  • 08/06/2017 - Irrigating crops? Remember your returns
    Given the dry weather this spring, potatoes and other crops are being irrigated and SEPA expect water abstraction demand to be reasonably high this year.  If you are abstracting, remember SEPA need the paperwork.  More details here...   
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  • 08/06/2017 - Avian Influenza confirmed in Norfolk
    On Saturday  3 June, CVO UK confirmed Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 on a non-commercial smallholding near Diss, Norfolk. The premises remains under restriction and a 3 km Protection Zone and 10 km Surveillance Zone have been declared while investigations continue. The Scottish Government’s General L
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  • 06/06/2017 - More dates added to Land Commission’s series of events
      The Scottish Land Commission has added more dates to its series of Meet & Greet events which are taking place across Scotland over the coming months.   Due to the success of the first Meet & Greet events held in April and May the Commission has announced the addition of three new dates to the series, with meet
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  • 06/06/2017 - HHAS AGM
    The Historic Houses Association for Scotland (HHAS) AGM took place in The Engine Shed at Stirling, a new dedicated building conservation centre, by kind permission of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) with keynote speaker, Dr David Mitchell, Director of Conservation at HES.  The ongoing positive working relationship betwee
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  • 05/06/2017 - Current consultations - 05 June 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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  • 05/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 05 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 05 June 2017.
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  • 05/06/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 29 May - 02 June 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 29 May - 02 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 02/06/2017 - Scottish Land Commission appoint Hamish Trench as Chief Executive
      The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has announced the appointment of Hamish Trench as their permanent Chief Executive.   Hamish will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority.  He will be responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organ
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  • 02/06/2017 - Buccleuch announces farm sales to tenants
      Buccleuch announced today it is in advanced discussions with tenant farmers with regard to them purchasing the farms they currently rent.   The prospective sales involve 10 farms totalling 7,304 acres on Buccleuch’s Bowhill, Eskdale and Liddesdale and Queensberry estates. The farms are currently occupied on
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  • 02/06/2017 - New planning fees take effect
    As of 1 June 2017 a series of new planning fees has been implemented, raising the fee maxima across many areas. The new fee maximum for major applications for most categories of development is £125,000 and £64,500 for applications for planning permission in principle. The Scottish Government has decided to exclude the agric
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  • 02/06/2017 - Fracking consultation response
    The Scottish Government’s consultation on unconventional oil and gas extraction closed this week. Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response which can be found here. In acknowledging the wide ranging and often disparate views on the subject within our membership, Scottish Land & Estates has decided not to lobby govern
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  • 02/06/2017 - Energy Strategy and Onshore Wind Consultation responses
    Scottish Land & Estates has this week responded to the Scottish Energy Strategy and the Onshore Wind Policy Statement consultations. Both responses have urged the Scottish Government to enable the private sector to make low-carbon and/or no-carbon energy projects work in the face of increasing challenges by removing or loweri
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  • 01/06/2017 - Rural success celebrated at inaugural Helping It Happen awards
    Estates, farms and land-based businesses that have helped their local region to flourish have been recognised at the first-ever Helping it Happen awards ceremony. Organised by Scottish Land & Estates and sponsored by The MacRobert Trust, winners were announced across seven diverse categories from housing to tourism,
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  • 01/06/2017 - Blue tongue outbreak in Northern France
    The Scottish Government has published the following guidance in response to the Blue Tongue outbreak in Northern France. This is the most recent Preliminary Outbreak Assessment on bluetongue virus produced by APHA following the detection of two bluetongue BTV-8 positive cattle in Northern France.  These detections have a
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  • 01/06/2017 - General Election - Manifesto pledges
      Ahead of the General Election next week, please find a short document attached below which lists some of the key pledges relevant to Scottish Land & Estates members made in each of the manifesto's.  
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  • 01/06/2017 - SRUC host Post-Brexit Rural Support debate
    Anne Gray and Andrew Midgley joined Brexit Minister, Mike Russell, and a host of other rural representatives on Wednesday for an SRUC lead debate on the future of rural policy post-Brexit.  It was clear from the turnout and the detailed level of the questions posed, that the vital question of what rural policy and suppor
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  • 01/06/2017 - Mike Cantlay to head up Scottish Natural Heritage
    Dr Mike Cantlay has been appointed as the chair of the board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham.  SNH is an executive non departmental public body which advises the Scottish Government on all aspects of nature and landscape acros
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  • 01/06/2017 - Environment Secretary Launches New Cairngorms Plan
    The Scottish Government’s Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, was on the Cairngorms “Snow Roads” route this week to launch the new Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan While launching the Plan, Miss Cunningham also saw examples of some of the positive work happening in the areas, including meeting with
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  • 01/06/2017 - Biggest ever multi-farm wheat agronomy trial launched by BASF
      Four Scottish farms have been selected from over 300 applicants to join the biggest farmer trial ever conducted by the crop protection manufacturer, BASF.   The farmers, all based in East Lothian and Berwickshire, will join 46 others from England and Wales to undertake wheat agronomy trials as part of a 50-str
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  • 31/05/2017 - Statement on review into grouse moor management
    Scottish Land & Estates today issued the following statement regarding the review into grouse moor management. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: "We recognise fully the need to maintain efforts to eradicate any persecution of protected bird species even though such incidents are now at a historic
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  • 30/05/2017 - Rural Scottish business needs to be equipped for constitutional challenges
    The Scottish rural economy faces its greatest challenge for generations in the face of Brexit and potential constitutional change. Speaking at Scottish Land & Estates annual conference in Edinburgh, the organisation's chairman David Johnstone said rural businesses will have to demonstrate an unprecedented creativity to ad
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  • 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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  • 29/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 29 May 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 29 May 2017.
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  • 29/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 22 - 26 May 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 22 - 26 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 26/05/2017 - Review of National Parks across Scotland
    Earlier this week a debate was held in Scottish Parliament on the establishment of new National Parks in Scotland. The motion, in the name of Finlay Carson asked the Parliament to recognise the value of Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty and calls on the Scottish Government to conduct a review of National Parks and consi
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  • 25/05/2017 - The Scotia Winch Challenge is looking for a new home.
      The Scotia Winch Challenge (the UKs premier off-road driving competition) is currently looking for a new home.   Due to the owners of their current site starting major timber harvesting operations they had to cancel last year’s competition and as they have not as yet secured a new venue they will not be hold
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  • 25/05/2017 - Country Loving - new TV series
    Has your love of the land stopped you from finding the love of your life? Does your rural lifestyle make it difficult to meet potential partners? Boundless, the producers of Escape to the Country, Great British Railway Journeys and Grand Designs are currently searching for rural people, of any age who are struggling t
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  • 25/05/2017 - Rural leaders come together for Future of Forestry
      Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray, joined major players from rural Scotland for a dinner to discuss the Future of Forestry on Wednesday evening.  Organised by ConFor and RSPB and hosted by Turcan Connell, the dinner was a chance to hear a range of views from across the rural sector, including the thoughts of Cabinet Se
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  • 25/05/2017 - River Clyde water quality improves
      Investment in the River Clyde has helped tackle pollution and restore habitats, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has confirmed. SEPA has reported that the Clyde is in significantly better health than expected thanks to investment by Scottish Water, SEPA, farmers and local authorities.   Between 2010 a
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  • 25/05/2017 - New inshore fisheries pilots
      New pilots will look at ways of improving the management of inshore fisheries to ensure coastal communities make the most of their waters, Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing has confirmed. The Scottish Government will work with the industry over the coming weeks to identify areas which could host the pilots.   T
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  • 25/05/2017 - Visit to Winston Churchill Venison
      Organised by Countryside Learning Scotland, a group of S4 students from Dunoon Grammar School had the opportunity to visit Winston Churchill Venison at Ardtaraig Estate to learn about the venison production business. The students found out about the processes involved in getting the deer from mountain to plate, as well
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  • 25/05/2017 - Current consultations - 25 May 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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  • 25/05/2017 - New senior management team unveiled to drive forward land-based business agenda
    Scottish Land & Estates today announced a new senior management structure for the organisation to drive forward the agenda of land-based businesses in Scotland. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said major issues such as Brexit and the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act will require the o
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  • 23/05/2017 - Joint statement on Scottish game shooting proposals
    Following this morning’s hearing of the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, organisations representing the game shooting community issued the following statement. “We are disappointed that the committee voted narrowly in favour of a course of action which includes examining the
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 May 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 May 2017.  
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 May 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 19/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Refutes STFA Claims
    In response to a statement from the STFA which claimed that there is a widespread move to ‘replace tenant farmers with trees’, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.   David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Land owners want to make the best use of the land. That includes diffe
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  • 19/05/2017 - 800th Living Wage employer accredited
    Gorgie City Farm has become the 800th Scottish-based Living Wage accredited employer. Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Keith Brown made the announcement while visiting the farm where he met staff benefitting from their commitment to fair work principles. The Scottish Government has set a target of reaching 1,000 Scottish-based
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  • 19/05/2017 - Surge in overseas visitors
    Scotland experienced a 6% surge in visitors from overseas in 2016, new figures show. Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted an additional 155,000 overseas visits were made to Scotland last year compared with 2015, strongly supported by a rise in the number of tourists from North America.
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  • 19/05/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    Following on from Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) the National Rural Mental Health Forum held its 3rd meeting at Islington. Plans were discussed for further awareness raising of the work of the Forum including at the Royal Highland Show. Members attending the Scottish Land & Estates conference will receive an informat
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  • 19/05/2017 - Brodies CPO roadshow
    Brodies LLP continued their series of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) roadshows in Pitlochry this week. The discussion included advice for landowners faced with CPOs for the A9 dualling, noting that the golden role is to presume and assume nothing. Brodies insisted that early and continued dialogue with Transport Scotland is
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  • 19/05/2017 - GWCT organises visit for school pupils to Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead to find out what’s all going on the farm at this time of year
      Pupils from Tynewater Primary School, Pathhead, Midlothian and from Elphinstone Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian visited Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead this week to see what is currently happening down on the farm.  The youngsters saw at first hand sheep, lambs, cattle and calves along with samples of wheat, barley, b
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