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
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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

  • 29/11/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event
    Scottish Land & Estates Annual Taxation Event Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017 Time: 10am to 1.30pm Venue: Perth Racecourse, Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB Sponsored by: Turcan Connell & Chiene + Tait Chartered Accountants Agenda will be available very soon...  
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  • 18/09/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Regional Receptions
    We are holding a series of regional receptions across Scotland during September and October to update members on the progress of the regional review as well as keeping members informed on the key policy and political issues currently facing land-based businesses. The details of these events are as follows:      
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  • 06/09/2017 - "Our Economy: What Next?"
    Royal Society of Arts:  meeting to be addressed by William Dowson, Bank of England Agent for Scotland. Wednesday 6th September (1715 for 1730-1900) at SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL HQ, Newtown St Boswells The meeting, under the Chatham House Rule, is open to all including members of Scottish Land & Estates, Scottish Borde
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  • 22/08/2017 - Scottish Beavers – Community Engagement Events – Boosting the Knapdale Beaver Population
    Scottish Beavers – a partnership between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust – are in the process of developing a licence application to boost Knapdale’s beaver population to help ensure its long-term future. Local stakeholder engagement events for the beaver re-enforcement proje
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  • 17/08/2017 - Euro Dark Sky Conference to be out of this world
    Preparations for Europe’s first ever Dark Sky Places conference in the heart of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere are well underway, with top speakers booked to promote the preservation of dark skies across the world. The conference, being held 20th to 22nd September this year, will tackle issues of light poll
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  • 17/08/2017 - National Park Grant Scheme now open
    The National Park Grant for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park which is designed to support projects that offer multiple benefits to the Park’s natural heritage, built heritage and communities is now open. Money is available to projects that; aim to repair and restore pre-1919 traditional buildings; conserve, e
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  • 17/08/2017 - Taking action on climate change
    Organisations across Scotland are being encouraged to host events and raise awareness of the impact of climate change as part of Climate Week 2017. Running from 18-22 September, Scotland’s Climate Week will highlight the actions people and organisations can take together to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.
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  • 17/08/2017 - CARES Rural Energy Challenge Fund
    The Scottish Government’s Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES), announced a new £500k fund designed to help farmers, land managers and SMEs in rural communities develop proposals for sustainable energy schemes. The new fund aims to support proposals focusing on low carbon, renewables and whole system projects incl
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  • 17/08/2017 - Scottish Beaver Forum
    The Scottish Beaver Forum met earlier this week to progress the development of draft licensing guidance for managing beaver impacts in Scotland. It is anticipated a complete draft version of the guidance will be ready by mid-September, at which point Scottish Land & Estates will start engagement with members to discuss the fr
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  • 17/08/2017 - Post-Brexit trade agreements for agriculture analysis published
    The full report can be found here...  The report looks at three scenarios - •Bespoke Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU; •World Trade Organisation (WTO) default Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariffs; and •Unilateral Trade Liberalisation. These scenarios are compared against a Baseline in which the UK i
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  • 17/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates raise concerns over forestry proposals
    Scottish Land & Estates this week submitted written evidence on the Forestry and Land Management (S) Bill, which proposes major changes to the forestry authority in Scotland and introduces a new element to compulsory purchase of land  In our submission – which can be found in full here... we raise a number of concerns
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  • 14/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 14 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 14 August 2017.
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  • 14/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 07 - 11 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 07 - 11 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 11/08/2017 - Agricultural expert warns Scotland's waterways could become polluted if farmers let silage storage standards slip
    An agricultural expert is warning that highly-toxic run-off from farms could leak into and pollute Scotland’s waterways this summer if farmers aren’t vigilant.  With first cut silage hopefully already in the clamp, farmers are being urged by William Barne, of leading farm insurance broker Lycetts, to check their clam
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  • 10/08/2017 - Funding for SEEP phase 2 pilots
    Councils are to share £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, public buildings and community projects. 15 local authorities will use the funding to deliver innovative ways to reduce emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse was at Saughton Park
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  • 10/08/2017 - BT broadband offer ‘risks extending rural monopoly’
    The Scottish Government has raised concerns over BT’s offer to deliver universal high-speed broadband to all areas of the UK, as an alternative to regulation. Ministers have promised to implement a new broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) that ensures everyone in Britain has a legal right to request minimum speeds o
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  • 10/08/2017 - MSP Visits Dormont
    The Conservative spokesperson for housing visited Dormont Estate in Dumfriesshire this week to discuss energy efficiency in privately rented housing. Graham Simpson MSP was shown three houses on the estate. The first was a traditional farmhouse which the estate has decided to sell due to the cost and difficulty in bringing it
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  • 10/08/2017 - Zero Waste Scotland – Litter Prevention Action Plans
    Earlier this week we met with Project Manager Jamie Fry of Zero Waste Scotland to discuss next steps in promoting the Care for the Countryside campaign and to discuss a new piece of work Zero Waste Scotland is currently undertaking on the development of Litter Prevention Action Plans. Zero Waste Scotland is currently work
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  • 10/08/2017 - 4G Infill Consultation
    The Scottish Government, in collaboration with Scottish Futures Trust, is examining where 4G is planned to be rolled out commercially and where the gaps will be. A consultation has been published which identifies potential target areas which lack 4G coverage and asks mobile infrastructure providers if they are planning invest
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  • 10/08/2017 - National Access Forum – Mountain Biking Sub Group
    Following the joint presentation by Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland on a paper looking at the construction of wild mountain bike trails, built without landowner permission or consent the National Access Forum agreed to establish a sub-group. The group which consists of representatives from Scottis
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  • 07/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 07 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 07 August 2017.
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  • 07/08/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 31 July - 04 August 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 31 July - 04 August which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 04/08/2017 - Community contribution of rural businesses recognised in new awards
    Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing today paid tribute to work of land-based businesses by presenting awards recognising their contribution to the community. Lyn and Donald Forbes, proprietors of Loch Ness Shores, were presented with Scottish Land & Estates’ Highland region Helping it Happen award by
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  • 04/08/2017 - Shooting estates step up to help Hen Harriers
    The number of shooting estates taking part in a ground-breaking project to raise efforts in protecting hen harriers in Scotland has reached its highest level. Sixteen estates covering 325,000 acres volunteered this year to place monitoring cameras on their land in order to protect hen harrier nests as part of the ‘Heads
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  • 04/08/2017 - Farming industry calls for commitments on post-Brexit transition
    Fourteen farming organisations have come together to issue a joint statement on UK Government to provide short-term certainty for the industry as exiting the European and the Common Agricultural Policy draws closer.  The 14 organisations say Governments across the UK need to work together with the farmers and land manage
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  • 03/08/2017 - GWCT Completing the picture on grouse moor management
    Last year, six RSPB authors published a “viewpoint” paper on the environmental impacts of grouse moor management. Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust scientists believed that RSPB had painted an incomplete picture and their response has now been published, with relevance to the forthcoming Government review of grouse moo
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  • 03/08/2017 - £1.5m for offshore wind
    Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy was at the Bruntisland Fabrication’s (BiFab) yard in Methil, Fife to announce a further investment of £1.5 million into the Carbon Trust’s world leading research, development, and demonstration programme – the Offshore Wind Accelerator. Read more…
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  • 03/08/2017 - Private Water supply consultation
    Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017. The Scottish Government is proposing changes in order to transpose EU Directive 2015/1787 and to amend the regulations. In our response, we have urged the government to properly re
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  • 03/08/2017 - Walking and cycling route opens in Tyndrum
    A new walking and cycling rout in Tyndrum which allows cyclists to bypass the A82 trunk road has officially opened. The new path has been created by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Countryside Trust and is suitable for cyclists, horses, buggies and walkers and includes a brand new bridge connecting the communities and busines
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  • 03/08/2017 - Lanarkshire LEADER programme
    The Lanarkshire LEADER programme has awarded a grant of £69,720 to the WAT IF? community development trust to support the employment of a Development Manager for three years. Woolfords, Auchengray, Tarbrax Improvement Foundation (WAT IF?) was established in 2012 and aims to support rural regeneration and community develo
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  • 03/08/2017 - Producers benefit from FPMC funding
    Food and drink producers have been awarded a share of almost £3.5 million from the Food Processing, Marketing and Cooperation (FPMC) scheme. Thirteen businesses are the latest to be awarded grants from the scheme to diversify and expand their operations, including an artisan dairy and brewing company. The FPMC scheme is
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  • 01/08/2017 - GWCT Completing the picture on grouse moor management
    Last year, six RSPB authors published a “viewpoint” paper on the environmental impacts of grouse moor management. Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust scientists believed that RSPB had painted an incomplete picture and their response has now been published, with relevance to the forthcoming Government review of grouse moo
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  • 01/08/2017 - Scoping a strategic vision for the uplands
    Following SNH’s work to scope a strategic vision for Scotland’s uplands, undertaken in the latter part of 2016 and to which Scottish Land & Estates contributed, their report has now been published and is available at http://www.snh.gov.uk/land-and-sea/managing-the-land/upland-and-moorland/scoping-upland-vision/.  The rep
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  • 01/08/2017 - CAP Transfer Rates To Stay At 9.5%
    The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, confirmed at the end of last week that the national budget transfer rate between Pillar 1 (direct) payments and Pillar 2 (rural development) would remain at 9.5%. Mr Ewing said: “The Scottish Government has a duty to ensure we strike the right balance across
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  • 31/07/2017 - Woodland Creation
    Advanced Notice Woodland: making it work for you. Management, creation and funding, Tuesday 3rd October, Boat Of Garten 1.30 - 4.30pm A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management, creation and funding opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, how to manage existing
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  • 31/07/2017 - Woodland Creation
    Advanced Notice Soil Association Event Woodland: making it work for you. Management, creation and funding, Tuesday 3rd October, Boat Of Garten 1.30 - 4.30pm A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management, creation and funding opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creati
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  • 31/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 31 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 31 July 2017.
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  • 31/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 24 - 28 July 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 24 - 28 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.  
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  • 27/07/2017 - Capercaillie: National survey results
    The latest national survey of Scotland’s population of capercaillie, the world’s largest grouse, estimates there to be only 1114 individuals - making it one of the country’s most endangered birds. Scotland’s capercaillie population is assessed every six years by RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) w
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  • 27/07/2017 - Business Property Relief on Furnished Holiday Lets
    The availability of Business Property Relief (BPR) for owners of furnished holiday lets (FHLs) has been put in doubt by a recent decision of the First Tier Tax Tribunal.  The Ross case focuses on whether a FHL can qualify for 100 per cent inheritance tax relief.  HMRC challenged the taxpayer on the grounds that the le
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  • 27/07/2017 - Tweed Forum Nominated for Major International River Prize
    The Tweed Forum, the organization that protects and conserves the natural, built and cultural heritage of the River Tweed and its surroundings, has been shortlisted for a major international River prize. Awarded for outstanding achievements in river restoration and protection management, the Thiess International River Pri
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  • 27/07/2017 - Economic Benefits of Rural Tourism
    Lichfields recently published research into the economic benefits of rural tourism. The report considers recent and future growth in the tourist sector and then focuses in on the economic benefits arising from the development of tourist accommodation and other associated tourist attractions and facilities. It then considers p
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  • 27/07/2017 - Places, People and Planning – Position Statement
    The Scottish Government is seeking views on its planning review Position Statement which it published following completion of independent analysis of the initial consultation responses to the review. The Position Statement sets out the changes that they are considering taking forward and the accompanying Strategic Environment
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  • 27/07/2017 - People and Communities Fund
    Organisations across Scotland, supporting hundreds of community led projects that put people first, are to receive £8.6m funding for the year 2017/18. The funding, announced by Housing Minister Kevin Stewart, will have a positive impact on thousands of lives in Scotland – with support ranging from training/upskilling, empl
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  • 27/07/2017 - Planning decision times published
    The latest Official Statistics Publication for Scotland has revealed that Local Development decisions were quicker in 2016/17 while Major Development decisions were slower over the same period. Key findings for the year demonstrated: a reduction in planning applications decided compared with the previous four years; the overa
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  • 27/07/2017 - Samples from anaerobic digesters sought
    A research and innovation company is looking to acquire samples from anaerobic digesters used to dispose of sheep waste. Dr Adam Ostrowski works at the Dundee-based APS Biocontrol where they develop biocontrol measures to extend the shelf life of fresh produce. Their technology is based on the use of bacteriophages, naturally
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  • 27/07/2017 - Communities to benefit from new grant funding
    Due to three-year funding of up to £200,000 from Historic Environment Scotland (HES), the Architecture Heritage Fund (AHF) is able to expand its grant-giving programme and have launched a new Scottish Community Development Grant that enables historic building regeneration projects in communities across Scotland. Eligible
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  • 27/07/2017 - Hydro Rates
    Good progress is being made is discussions between the hydro sector and Scottish Government regarding resolving the anomaly which has resulted in small hydro schemes receiving high revaluations. Alba Energy, Scottish Renewables and The British Hydro Association are working together on this issue and have now met with both the
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  • 27/07/2017 - Lynx reintroduction - Lynx UK Trust submit licence for Kielder Forest
    Earlier this month the Lynx UK Trust  submitted a licence application to Natural England to release lynx at Kielder Forest. Given the cross-border location of the forest, the application has implications for Scotland. Clarification is being sought as to whether the Lynx UK Trust intends to submit an application to Scottish N
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  • 27/07/2017 - Survey on Digital Potential
    SRUC and Rural England are working together to seek ways to unlock the digital potential of rural Britain. As part of this work a consultation aimed at rural businesses has been published. The consultation is open until the end of September and the final report is due to be published by the end of the year. Read more...
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  • 27/07/2017 - Pollinator Strategy for Scotland Launched
    Earlier this week Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform launched The Pollinator Strategy for Scotland 2017-2027 The strategy was prepared by Scottish Natural Heritage for Scottish Government in partnership with an editorial board comprising Bee Farmers Association, Buglife,
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  • 24/07/2017 - Community Board Member
    CalMac is inviting applications from residents of the rural communities covered by the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract to form a Community Board which will have the primary purpose of being a voice of the communities on strategic issues. The Board will comprise 12 members plus an independent, paid, chairpers
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  • 21/07/2017 - New direction for farming support anticipated by Scotland’s rural businesses
    Direct support after Brexit which balances the needs of farming and forestry business with delivering for the environment is to be welcomed, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents land-based businesses across Scotland, said today’s speech by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment,
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  • 20/07/2017 - Update on Corran Ferry
      Scottish Land & Estates contacted Highland Council to understand the issues and timeframes involved in resuming the Coran Ferry Service. The service was suspended after a steering fault led to the ferry contacting rock last weekend. We are concerned the absence of this service is damaging for businesses as well as crea
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  • 20/07/2017 - Edinburgh city and region deal
      The Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal will deliver inclusive economic growth across the region through housing, innovation, transport, skills and culture. It is expected that the new deal will deliver 21,000 new jobs for the area.   Speaking ahead of the official signing ceremony Economy Secre
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  • 20/07/2017 - Report highlights value of community shops
      The Plunkett Foundation has published a report highlighting the impact of community owned shops in the UK. According to the report there are 338 community owned shops in the UK, with 31 in Scotland. These shops provide vital services to 1,400 remote rural communities and have created 1,114 paid jobs and 9,605 volunteer
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  • 20/07/2017 - Smallholding Scotland
      Inspired by the Scottish Crofting Federation, a group of Scottish smallholders has set up a new organisation to represent and support their community. Smallholding Scotland is a membership organisation promoting the sustainable and purposeful use of small land holdings and has recently achieved the status of Scottish C
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  • 20/07/2017 - Private Water Supply consultation – final reminder
      Members are reminded that the deadline for submitting responses to the consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 is fast approaching. If you have any comments to make on the proposals please contact gavin.mowat@scottishlandandestates.co.uk
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  • 20/07/2017 - Seasonal farm worker survey
      Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to undertake research to improve understanding of the labour market in Scottish agriculture in the summer of 2017. As part of their research SRUC are carrying out two surveys – one aimed at farm businesses and one aimed at labour provi
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  • 19/07/2017 - New research on environmental benefits of beavers - Scottish Land & Estates' response
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to new research by the University of Stirling looking at the environmenal benefits of beavers. The study, partly-funded by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), found beavers had an exceptional ability to re-create diverse wetland landscapes. However, Scottish Land & Estates said su
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  • 17/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 17 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 17 July 2017.
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  • 17/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 10 - 14 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 10 - 14 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 14/07/2017 - Trees for Life
      Scottish Land & Estates was at the 10,000 acre Dunreggan Estate to find out more about the work of Trees for Life and their plan to develop traineeships (more to follow). Trees for Life is a charity working to restore Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest. Their conservation work is carried out by volunteers and funded
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  • 13/07/2017 - Family of beavers discovered in Beauly to be moved
      A family of beavers discovered living on a river in the Beauly area will be captured and moved, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) reported today.   As this group is well away from the two current beaver populations in Scotland, in Tayside and Argyll, it’s clear they haven’t arrived by natural means.  
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  • 13/07/2017 - British Woodlands Survey 2017 – open now!
      Devolution, pests and pathogens, Brexit, emerging markets, climate change and societal attitudes are just some of the momentous factors influencing our trees and woodlands. Have your say about what these and other issues mean to you by taking part in Britain’s only dedicated national survey about woodlands and forest
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  • 13/07/2017 - Housing Survey – Action Needed!
      We are running a piece of research looking at estate based housing in order to inform our lobbying during this period of numerous regulatory changes. If you have not yet completed our survey and have houses on your estate we would be grateful if you could please complete the survey by Friday 28 July 2017.   Th
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  • 12/07/2017 - Private water supply regulations consultation
      Scottish Land & Estates’ members are reminded the deadline for submitting responses to the consultation in relation to the draft Water Intended for Human Consumption (Private Supplies) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 is fast approaching.   For large Type A supplies the proposals include; a new definition of the
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  • 11/07/2017 - Rural Watch Scotland launched
      Rural Watch Scotland' is an extension of the Neighbourhood Watch Scotland movement and a product of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) aimed specifically at the rural community of Scotland and aims to bring all the benefits of Neighbourhood Watch to your community irrespective of its location, size or
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  • 11/07/2017 - Tenant Farming Commissioner – Guide to Relinquishment and Assignation
      The Tenant Farming Commissioner has released a guide on the new “relinquishment and assignation” measure introduced by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.  The guide summarises the provisions of the 2016 Act and sets out the relevant process which will apply once the provisions come into force.     The
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  • 11/07/2017 - The Scottish Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2017
      Since April 2016, companies and Limited Liability Partnerships have been required to give information about people who have control over them.  Changes introduced on 26 June 2017 mean that requirements have now been placed on Scottish Limited Partnerships and some traditional Scottish partnerships where the members ar
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  • 10/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 10 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 10 July 2017.
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  • 10/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 03 - 07 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 03 - 07 July which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 10/07/2017 - Current consultations - 10 July 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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  • 07/07/2017 - Ratepayers Forum
      The Scottish Ratepayers Forum met yesterday. The forum is a biannual meeting of the Scottish Assessors, Scottish Government and sector representatives.    Hydro rates – Discussions around the anomaly in ratings of small hydro schemes continue outside the forum with Alba Energy leading the case for a technic
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  • 06/07/2017 - Loch Lomond & Trossachs Partnership Plan
      This week Scottish Land & Estates has submitted a response to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Partnership Plan consultation. The proposed plan sets out priorities in the three keys areas of Conservation, Rural Development and Visitor Experience.   
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  • 06/07/2017 - Views on rewilding sought for Masters Dissertation
      A Masters student at Edinburgh University is looking for landowners thoughts on rewilding.  If you have 20 minutes to complete her survey go to -  http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/~s1654365/htmlq  
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  • 05/07/2017 - SNH publish agroecological report
      Scottish Natural Heritage’s Land Use Policy Group’s report Promotion of agroecological approaches: lessons from other European countries has been published.   The report was prepared by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). It looks at the drivers and circumstances which led to the develo
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  • 05/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 26 - 30 June 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 26 - 30 June which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 05/07/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 03 July 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 03 July 2017
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  • 05/07/2017 - Current consultations - 05 July 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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  • 04/07/2017 - Energy efficiency standards for private rented housing could harm rural provision of homes
    Proposals for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could risk damaging the sector to the detriment of both landlords and tenants, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation, which represents the majority of private housing providers in rural Scotland, has submitted its response to a Scottis
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  • 30/06/2017 - Eight farms and estates scoop coveted ‘Wildlife Estates Scotland’ accreditations
    Eight farms and estates scoop coveted ‘Wildlife Estates Scotland’ accreditations More than one million acres of Scottish land now WES accredited Eight Scottish farms and estates have been awarded prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. T
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  • 30/06/2017 - Energy Efficiency Consultation Response
    Scottish Land & Estates has today submitted a consultation response to Scottish Government setting out its concerns about proposals for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes.    We believe the measures as proposed risk damaging the sector. If the regulations are not manageable or appropriately
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  • 30/06/2017 - Scottish Government announces its position on deer management
    In response to ECCLR and SNH reports of deer management, Roseanna Cunningham yesterday announced the Scottish Government’s latest approach to deer management.   In a letter to the Convenor of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, Cabinet Secretary Roseanne Cunningham set out a series of measure
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  • 29/06/2017 - HES initiative to combat effects of climate change on historic sites
      Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is leading an international initiative to support communities across Northern Europe in assessing the impact of climate change on historic buildings, archaeological sites and other heritage locations.   Adapt Norther Heritage brings together 15 partners from Iceland, Ireland
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  • 29/06/2017 - Scottish aquaculture thriving
    Fish and shellfish farming contributes £620 million to the national economy every year, according to new research. The industry now supports more than 12,000 jobs and Scottish aquaculture production has increased by a third in the ten years to 2015, from 142,000 to 188,000 tonnes, according to the Scottish Government and Hig
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  • 29/06/2017 - Young Workforce scheme extended
    Developing the Young Workforce launched in the islands, and nationwide scheme extended until 2021. The islands of Scotland are the latest to benefit from the creation of industry led groups dedicated to helping young people prepare for and find work.   The Scottish Government has provided more than £1million to esta
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  • 28/06/2017 - Fergus Ewing updates Rural Committee on CAP Payments
    On Wednesday of this week Fergus Ewing gave evidence to the Rural Economy Committee on the latest position with regard to CAP payments and the EU’s Pillar 1 payments deadline of 30 June. [read more]    The Scottish Government’s CAP Futures IT Programme has been beset with problems for the outset.  While Mr Ewin
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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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  • 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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