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

Central - Rachael Wright

North East - Eilidh Mackechnie

South East - Rachael Wright

South West - (No regional manager at present time)

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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Eilidh Mackechnie, North East 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

  • 16/05/2017 - Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference
    Scottish Renewables Low-Carbon Heat Conference 16 May 2017 Glasgow Part of the Euroheat & Power Congress 2017 Join Scottish Renewables and Scottish Development International at the Scottish Low-Carbon Heat Conference to hear about opportunities within the low-carbon heat sector in Scotland. This half day event wil
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  • 25/04/2017 - Gamekeeping for Life Conference
    The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust are delighted to invite you to their Gamekeeping for Life Conference to celebrate their 25th Anniversary on Tuesday 25th April at Floors Castle, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7RW To include: Coffee, Welcome from His Grace The Duke of Roxburghe, Key Note Speaker Lord Dalhousie and Presentations fro
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  • 12/04/2017 - Gamekeeping for Life Conference
    The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust are delighted to invite you to their Gamekeeping for Life Conference on Wednesday 12th April at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH18 5TL. Opening address from Sarah Troughton, key note speaker Sir Michael Wigan B.t. four estate presentations, lunch and afternoon activities.
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  • 23/03/2017 - Research, Conservation and Partnership in the Cairngorms
    A FREE morning of short talks from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh about ongoing work in the Cairngorms National Park. Date: Thursday 23 March 2017, 9.30 to 12.30 Venue: The Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey Refreshments Provided. Please contact Penny Lawson to book a place pennylawson@cairngorms.co.uk or
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  • 21/03/2017 - Scottish Renewables Annual Conference
    Scottish Renewables Annual Conference 21 & 22 March 2017 Edinburgh   Join the SR Annual Conference 2017 - Scotland's premier renewable energy event - to hear from the voices that matter in shaping the low-carbon energy evolution. Speakers will debate Scotland's new Energy Strategy, stricter carbon targets, ch
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  • 20/03/2017 - Peatland Restoration Walk & Talk
    20 March 2017, Edinglassie Estate, Aberdeenshire Scottish Land & Estates’ is holding the first of a short series of peatland restoration events on 20 March, with Malcolm Hay at Edinglassie Estate.  This half day event is delivered in partnership with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme and kindly sponsored by Savills.  
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  • 15/03/2017 - Predator Control, Vicarious Liability and Rodenticide Courses
    The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust - March dates for Scottish training courses  The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust in Scotland has announced the dates for a number of important courses on predator control, vicarious liability and rodenticide training. Crow control and vicarious liability Relevant to lando
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  • 13/03/2017 - There's Money in New and Old Woods -
    There's Money in New and Old Woods - Royal Scottish Forestry Society Conference Venue: Playhouse Theatre, MacRobert Centre, Stirling University, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4LA  Cost: £10 for members of Scottish Land & Estates This late afternoon conference will explore the added profitability enjoyed by livestock en
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  • 08/03/2017 - Woodland management, Woodfuel, Biomass boilers and getting on the list!
    Woodland management, Woodfuel, Biomass boilers and getting on the list! Wednesday  8th March, Selkirk, 1.30–4pm Supported by Usewoodfuel A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management and woodfuel supply. Discussing legal, sustainability and reporting requirements​ for sourcing biomass raw ma
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  • 03/03/2017 - Forest Health Day
    Date: 3rd March 2017 Time: 10:00-16:15hrs Location: Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, Station Road, Birnam, Dunkeld, PH8 0DS This event will provide the opportunity for you to hear and discuss the latest information on some of the current and future pests and pathogens likely to impact on our trees and forests in S
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  • 02/03/2017 - Forest Health Day
    Date: 2 March 2017 Location: Kiltarlity Village Hall, Kiltarlity, (OS Grid NH508417) Approx 12 miles west of Inverness Time: 10:00 - 16:15 hrs This free event will provide the opportunity for you to hear and discuss the latest information on some of the current and future pests and pathogens likely to impact on ou
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  • 01/03/2017 - Rural Leadership Programme - Information Evenings
    The 2017-18 Rural Leadership programme is now open for applications. The programme is aimed at business managers and employees from rural businesses who want to develop their leadership skills and grow their business. It is delivered on behalf of Scottish Enterprise by SAC Consulting. SAC Consulting are looking to rec
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  • 24/02/2017 - Scottish Wildcat Sharing Good Practice Event
    Date: 24 February 2017 Venue: Battleby Conference Centre, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW Hosted in partnership with Scottish Wildcat Action, Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates this event is open to all those whose activities in developments and land management may impact o
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  • 21/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on business rates announcement
    The announcement of new support for businesses in light of non-domestic rate revaluations has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. Katy Dickson, Senior Policy Officer, said: “Scottish Land and Estates has been alarmed at the significant rates increases and the impact the revaluations will have on rural businesses,
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  • 21/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 20 February 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 20 February 2017.  
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  • 21/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 13 - 17 February 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 13 - 17 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 20/02/2017 - Woodland, Wood Fuel and Biomass Event
    Woodland management, Woodfuel, Biomass boilers and getting on the list! Wednesday  8th March, Selkirk, 1.30–4pm Supported by Usewoodfuel A practical afternoon looking at benefits of woodland management and woodfuel supply. Discussing legal, sustainability and reporting requirements​ for sourcing biomass raw ma
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  • 20/02/2017 - LIFE Preparatory Projects for the European Solidarity Corps (UK / Europe)
    The European Commission has issued a joint call for proposals under its Environmental Programme (LIFE) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). A total of €3.3 million is available to support the deployment of European Solidarity Corps that contribute to strengthening the Union's capacity to provide
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  • 20/02/2017 - The Community Trees Fund 2017 (UK)
    The Tree Council has funds available to assist community groups proposing to undertake tree planting projects during National Tree Week (25th November - 3rd December 2017) or as soon as possible afterwards. The Community Trees Fund is open to projects where the total tree planting costs are between £100 and £700. The Tr
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  • 20/02/2017 - National Marine Aquarium – Grants Programme (UK)
    The next closing date for the National Marine Aquarium Grants Programme is the 21st April 2017. The National Marine Aquarium awards grants for projects that seek to drive marine conservation through engagement. These projects may be science-based but could equally be based around arts or drama - indeed, the more innovativ
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  • 20/02/2017 - British Ecological Society Outreach Grants (UK)
    The British Ecological Society has announced that its Outreach Grants programme re-opened for applications on the 16th January 2017 with a deadline to apply on the 22nd March 2017. Through the programme, individuals and organisations such as schools, museums, libraries and community groups will be able to apply for grants
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  • 20/02/2017 - Aspiring Communities Fund Opens for Applications (Scotland)
    The Aspiring Communities Fund has re-opened for applications. The fund is part of the £29 million of funding available under the Fairer Scotland Action Plan and will support projects that promote innovative community-led initiatives. A total of £18.9 million is available. The Fund will help community groups and third se
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  • 20/02/2017 - Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme (UK)
    Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants program
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  • 20/02/2017 - Funding for Summer Playscheme Grants Programme (UK)
    Registered charities that want to run summer play schemes for children between the ages of 5 and 16 can apply for grants of between £500 and £1,000. The funding is made available by the Woodward Charitable Trust which supports about 35 playschemes each year that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer
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  • 20/02/2017 - Micro business needs
    Scottish Rural Action is seeking responses to the question “what are the needs of rural micro businesses in Scotland?”. If you have any good or bad experiences of business support they would like to hear from you. You can respond by emailing emma@scottishruralparliament.org.uk to inform the Scottish Government’s Ent
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  • 20/02/2017 - CNPA Developer Forum & Delivery Group
    Scottish Land & Estates was present for the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) Developer Forum and Delivery Group meetings this week. At the Developer Forum discussions centred around the delivery of housing within the park and the need to recognise demand for mid-market housing rather than just affordable housing. The
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  • 20/02/2017 - Support for biomass CHP consultation
    In August 2016 the UK government amended the terms of support for biomass-CHP under the RHI to introduce a power efficiency requirement of 20%. From then on, new plant with a power efficiency of less than 20% would receive a scaled back level of support. A proportion of eligible heat use would be supported under the biomass-C
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  • 20/02/2017 - Scotland's Moorland Forum Muirburn Code Workshops
    Simon Thorpe of Scotland’s Moorland Forum heads a series of practitioner workshops across Scotland this year to consider an early draft of the new Muirburn Code.  In Sleat, Skye at the Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, supported by Michael Bruce, Vice chairman of the Scottish Wildfire Forum and Graham Sullivan of Scottish
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  • 20/02/2017 - STA survey on non-domestic rates
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance issued a call for evidence, asking people within the tourism sector to respond to share their stories about the non-domestic rates revaluation. The organisation is concerned that some 2,500 organisations will be significantly affected by the rates revaluation and  asked those with concerns to co
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  • 17/02/2017 - European Landowners’ meet to discuss future farm support
    Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment), Anne Gray has been in Brussels this week discussing, with other European Landowners’ representatives, the future of agricultural funding support.  It is not just in the UK that support for farmers and the countryside in being rethought.  The CAP is likely to see change c
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  • 17/02/2017 - Aberdeen Learning festival
    Our North East Regional Manager, Eilidh MacKechnie attended the Aberdeen Learning festival on 14th February at the AECC. The event is attended by teachers from both Aberdeen City and ‘shire and is for teachers of both primary and secondary pupils. Co-ordinated by the team at Aberdeenshire Council’s Economic Devel
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  • 16/02/2017 - Assessing impacts on Wild Land Areas Technical Guidance – Consultation
    Scottish Natural Heritage is seeking views on draft guidance for the protection of Wild Lands Areas (WLAs), the consultation can be viewed here. The new draft guidance sets out a methodology and general principles for assessing the impact of development proposals on WLAs as identified on the 2014 SNH WLA map. A descriptio
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  • 14/02/2017 - Thousands Of Prime Lambs Needed To Meet M&S Scotch Lamb Commitment
    Farm Stock (Scotland) Ltd is actively seeking to source thousands of additional prime lambs between now and June, thanks to the commitment of Marks & Spencer to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year. The demand has created a new market outlet for 10-12,000 prime animals, to be sourced exclusively from M&S S
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  • 13/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 13 February 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 13 February 2017.
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  • 13/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 06 - 10 February 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 06 - 10 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 13/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Latest Press & Journal Column Article
    When Brexit, subsidy payments and dairy prices are dominating the headlines, the effect of planning policy on farming businesses is unlikely to grab widespread attention. Yet, with businesses having to cope with frequent changes to farming regulation – not to mention diversification opportunities to enhance the business
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  • 10/02/2017 - This Farming Life Series II
    The BBC is currently working on casting for the second series of the BBC2 documentary series, This Farming Life http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b073h497. Following the success of the last series (over 1m viewers), they are looking to find farmers living in beautiful and remote parts of Scotland willing to share their ever
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  • 10/02/2017 - Renewable schemes affected by rates revaluation
    Scottish Land & Estates is aware that some small-scale renewable schemes are facing a large increase in their non-domestic rates revaluation. Scottish Renewables and others have written to Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution calling for the Scottish Government to extend its renewable energy rates
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  • 09/02/2017 - EAS & SEEP engagement seminar
    Scottish Land and Estates was present at this seminar and contributed to topics surrounding the implementation of SEEP.  The Scottish Government was also at the seminar in order to gather views. Topics covered included; an integrated approach to delivery of energy efficiency, innovation and incentives for buildings to enable
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  • 09/02/2017 - LBAP Partnership Meeting
    Organised by Scottish Borders Council, a LBAP development meeting was held earlier this week in Newtown St Boswells. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together stakeholders and start work on the development of a revised LBAP for the region. Attendees included representatives from Scottish Wildlife Trust, Borders Forest
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  • 09/02/2017 - Lanarkshire LEADER makes its first award
    The programme opened in late 2016 and now the LEADER Local Action Group have made a grant offer of £18,220 to Lanark-based award-winning social enterprise CCI Scotland. With the funding, CCI will carry out feasibility and business planning on a number of potential social enterprise ventures. CCI deliver a range of health imp
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  • 09/02/2017 - LEADER boost for Scottish Borders projects
    The Local Action Group (LAG) assessment meeting for Scottish Borders LEADER on Tuesday 24 January approved a further eight project applications. Scottish Borders LEADER has now committed £705,000 funding across 15 projects. These projects are divided into ten community, three rural businesses and two farm diversification pro
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  • 09/02/2017 - New fund for community arts projects in Dumfries & Galloway
    DG Unlimited, an organisation that promotes and supports the creative industries across Dumfries and Galloway has just launched its new ‘Get involved, Get Inspired’ fund. Aimed at supporting a wide range of cultural and creative events and activities in local communities, the £8,000 fund can make awards of up to £500 to
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  • 08/02/2017 - Amnesty on Tenant’s Improvements
    Ahead of commencement of the amnesty on tenant’s improvements, the Independent Adviser on Tenant Farming, Andrew Thin, has released guidance on preparing for the amnesty.  The guidance is available here - http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00513800.pdf
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  • 08/02/2017 - Star in Cbeebies!
    The BBC is looking for locations to film Cbeebies programme ‘Down on the Farm’. They are open to ideas but are keen to have a good story such as renewable energy production. If anyone is interested please contact Megan MacLellan at megan.maclellan@bbc.co.uk.
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  • 08/02/2017 - Local Environmental Quality Awards 2017
    Keep Scotland Beautiful are looking for entries for their Local Environmental Quality Awards.    Entries close on Friday, 17 February and the awards will be made at a lunch on 15 March. The annual awards celebrate success across Keep Scotland Beautiful’s LEQ Network which aims to improve the cleanliness and quality of
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  • 08/02/2017 - Argyll and Bute Council - Local Housing Strategy 2016/17 to 2021/22
    The purpose of the Argyll & But Local Housing Stratetgy 2016/17-2021/22 (LHS) is to set out the key housing issues and priorities in Argyll & Bute across all areas and tenures, and to identify how the Council and its partners will address these issues over the next five years. The LHS is a key strategic document for the Counc
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  • 08/02/2017 - Crofting Workshop
    Scottish Land & Estate members, including two former Chairs of the Scottish Land & Estates Crofting Group, headed to the beautiful village of Kishorn in Wester Ross on Friday 3 February to attend a workshop on the development of a new Crofting Bill for Scotland. Crofting Estate Landowner Mark Pattinson and his wife Gillian ru
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  • 08/02/2017 - Partnership can help government meet peatland restoration targets
    Peatland restoration targets to tackle climate change can be met through partnership with estates and business, Scottish Land & Estates has said. Speaking following evidence provided to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the Draft Climate Change Plan, Anne Gray from the or
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  • 08/02/2017 - Public contracts for food and drink sector
    More Scottish food and drink could be served in schools, hospitals and other public buildings, under plans to boost the economy by making public-sector catering contracts more accessible to businesses in Scotland. Scottish companies in the food and drink sector currently service around 48% of public contracts, which are w
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  • 06/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 06 February 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 06 February 2017
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  • 06/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 30 January - 03 February 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 30 January - 03 February which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 03/02/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates react to Wild Fisheries announcement
    The modernisation of wild fisheries management will still require substantial effort and collaboration from a range of stakeholders, Scottish Land & Estates has said. The organisation has said that whilst it welcomed clarification on a number of issues, including the decision not to overhaul the structure and remit of Dis
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  • 03/02/2017 - Keeper Induced Registration
    In the initial phase of Keeper Induced Registration (KIR) (which allows Registers of Scotland (RoS) to move titles from the General Register of Sasines onto the Land Register without an application from the owner), RoS limited its use of KIR to selected private properties within some research areas in the registration countie
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  • 03/02/2017 - Lantra Scotland reveals short-list for Learner of the Year Awards 2017
    19 talented trainees and apprentices  have been shortlisted for Lantra Scotland’s 2017 Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, which take place on Thursday 2rd March at theDoubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel. Organised by Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for land-based, aquaculture and en
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  • 03/02/2017 - Funding for rural businesses
    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing launched the latest round of the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) today and revealed that rural businesses will have until March 31 to apply for the funding.    The funding will help to: Protect vulnerable and iconic species and habitats Reduce greenhouse gas
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  • 03/02/2017 - Farming Scotland Conference
    Thursday saw this year's Farming Scotland conference take place at Carnoustie.  Entitled a "World of Opportunities", the event looked at future markets, using the example of potatoes, agriculture post-Brexit, diversification with Arbikie Farm Distillery, and education.    The well attended event boasted four excellent
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  • 03/02/2017 - Livestock Worrying Campaign Support
    Police Scotland and members of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime, including Scottish Land & Estates, is running a livestock worrying campaign beginning next week (Monday 13th). We will be releasing a joint press release as well as publicising relevant Helping it Happen Stories and using Twitter and Facebook to rais
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  • 03/02/2017 - Tourism Cross Party
    The tourism cross party group met on Wednesday evening and welcomed Ian Milton to present an update on the 2017 non-domestic rates revaluation in relation to the tourism industry. The evening resulted in heated debate about the impact the revaluation would have on tourism businesses such as accommodation providers and licence
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  • 03/02/2017 - ECAF Scheme Temporarily Withdrawn
    A decision has been taken to temporarily suspend the Environmental Co-operation Action Fund (ECAF) following robust audit checks that highlighted the scheme as currently designed could present a significant audit risk.  Scottish Ministers have been advised of the issues and have now taken the decision that the current r
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  • 03/02/2017 - Tree Health action discussed on Mull
    An outbreak of phytophthora ramorum on Mull prompted a meeting between landowners and Forestry Commission Scotland on the island on Tuesday.  Senior Policy Officer, Land Use and Environment, Anne Gray attended the meeting along with five Scottish Land & Estates' members based on the island.  The meeting helped clarify
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  • 03/02/2017 - Wild Fisheries – Protecting the Rights of Anglers
    A news release relating to Wild Fisheries Reform has just been issued by Scottish Government. Proposals to introduce rod licences and a new wild fisheries levy will no longer be taken forward. In addition proposals to overhaul the restructure and remit of District Salmon Fishery Boards will not go-ahead, instead Scottish
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  • 02/02/2017 - Meeting with Crofting Bill Team
    Scottish Government officials from the Crofting Bill Team will meet with landowning and professional members of Scottish Land & Estates in Lochcarron on Friday 3 March 2017. Mark Pattinson of Lochacarron Estates will host the visit and workshop and members of the Scottish Land & Estates Crofting Group will participate. The Cr
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  • 02/02/2017 - Brexit White Paper
    The UK Government has published a White Paper on ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’ This White Paper sets out the Prime Minister’s vision of an independent, global UK and the future relationship with the EU. It builds on the 12 principles set out in a speech on January 201
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  • 02/02/2017 - ECCLR Committee - Considers petition on European beavers in Scotland
    On the 31st January the ECCLR committee briefly discussed a petition which had previously been lodged urging Scottish Government to make a decision on the legal status of the European beavers in Scotland. Following the decision made towards the end of last year to allow beavers to remain in Scotland, the committee took the de
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  • 02/02/2017 - Making Tax Digital
    A summary of feedback received from the consultation on “Making Tax Digital”, the government’s decisions and HMRC’s next steps have been published in six response documents on GOV.UK.  There is also a short overview which draws out the key conclusions from each of the consultations.  Some concessions so far, inc
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  • 02/02/2017 - Consultation on unconventional oil and gas launched
    The Scottish Government is inviting views from the public on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland. This includes hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and coal bed methane extraction. The consultation Talking “fracking” will run until 31 May 2017 and can be viewed on the Scottish Government’s consul
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  • 02/02/2017 - History & heritage sparks tourism rise
    Scotland is capitalising on the booming demand from international tourists who wish to explore the country’s history and heritage, Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop has revealed. Edinburgh-based Mercat Tours reported record turnover and footfall in 2016 with a 35% increase in history walking tours of the capital in December, c
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  • 02/02/2017 - Non-domestic rates
    The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has requested an “urgent meeting” with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet Secretaries to discuss “crippling” non-domestic rates increases. Mark Crothall, Chief Executive of STA has written to Ms Sturgeon voicing the organisations concerns over what he cites as up to and
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  • 02/02/2017 - FSB report highlights importance of ‘greatest possible’ access to single market
    After six months of in-depth research on the business impact of leaving the EU, FSB has released a preview report looking at what small firms want from Brexit. The snapshot underlines the importance of Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge to secure the greatest possible access to the EU single market. It also provides insigh
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  • 02/02/2017 - CLA gives Brexit evidence to House of Lords
    On Wednesday this the week the CLA gave evidence to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee on the impacts of Brexit on agriculture. Mr Tim Breitmeyer, Deputy President of Country Land and Business Association gave evidence alongside representatives from the Soil Association and the Tenant Farmers Associati
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  • 02/02/2017 - Extra Funding for Aberdeenshire Flooding Impacts
    The Scottish Government has allocated an additional £2.06M to Aberdeenshire Council to assist with the financial burden caused by Storm Frank flood damage last winter. The emergency funding through the Bellwin Scheme, will go towards meeting costs incurred through Storm Frank which caused devastation in the area in Decem
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  • 02/02/2017 - Deadline approaches for Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation grants
    A Scottish Government scheme to provide support grant to suppliers and producers to contribute to the government’s overall vision for food and drink in Scotland is open to applications until 5 March 2017. Through the scheme, you can apply for: start-up grants for a new business; or development grants for an existing busines
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  • 02/02/2017 - NFU Scotland & Scottish Land & Estates react to minimum agricultural wage increase
    NFU Scotland & Scottish Land & Estates have issued a joint statement on the minimum agricultural wages and employment terms set by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. A single minimum hourly rate of £7.50 for all agricultural workers will apply from April 1st, irrespective of age and duties. This is in line with the N
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  • 02/02/2017 - NFU SCOTLAND & SCOTTISH LAND & ESTATES REACT TO MINIMUM AGRICULTURAL WAGE INCREASE
    NFU Scotland & Scottish Land & Estates have issued a joint statement on the minimum agricultural wages and employment terms set by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board. A single minimum hourly rate of £7.50 for all agricultural workers will apply from April 1st, irrespective of age and duties. This is in line with the N
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  • 01/02/2017 - Fox hunting laws
      The operation and enforcement of the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 is to be strengthened, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced.    In response to a review by the Rt Hon Lord Bonomy, the Scottish Government will invite key stakeholders to work together to develop a code of p
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  • 30/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 30 January 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 30 January 2017.
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  • 30/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 23 - 27 January 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 23 - 27 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 26/01/2017 - Planning debate
    The Scottish Government, today, held a debate on ‘Improving Scotland’s Planning: Improving Scotland’s Places” in relation the ongoing consultation.  The motion and the debate recognised the need for change within the planning system to ensure that unnecessary procedures and practices should be removed. Some MSPs voic
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  • 26/01/2017 - Brexit Supreme Court ruling
    The Supreme Court has ruled by majority that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, rather than the government using prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This means that legislation must be passed prior to triggering Article 50. At present, Labour has signall
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  • 26/01/2017 - Historic Environment Scotland seeks views on Asset Transfer
    Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has recently published an interim policy on how it will facilitate Asset Transfer under The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and would like to hear your views. HES will be seeking views on the interim policy and guidance over an eight-week long public consultation, which opens on M
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  • 26/01/2017 - Assurance sought from UK Government on renewables
    Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, has called on the UK Government to ensure the renewable energy investment is a key priority in their forthcoming Industrial Strategy. Renewable energy resources have grown to become a major industrial sector in Scotland, with 14,000 people, among a total of 43,500
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  • 26/01/2017 - Fergus Ewing MSP on CAP funds
    This week Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, gave evidence to the Rural Economy Committee on 25 January on the CAP Futures Project (IT system and 2015, 2016 CAP payments).  Mr Ewing reiterated delivery of payments and a fit for purpose IT system remained a key priority for him.  In delivering on that
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  • 26/01/2017 - Energy consultations
    The following consultations relating to energy have also been released this week: Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies and Regulation of District Heating consultation – comments should be directed to Gavin no later than due 11 April 2017. National Infrastructure Priority for Energy Efficiency – SEEP consultation
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  • 26/01/2017 - Scotland’s Draft Energy Strategy
    The Scottish Government, has this week, published its Draft Energy Strategy for consultation. A new target to deliver the equivalent of 50% of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030 is part of Scotland’s first energy strategy. The consultation explores c
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  • 26/01/2017 - Tourism and Brexit latest
    Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop has said Scotland’s ability to establish creative partnerships, access EU funding and attract EU nationals to work in our tourism industry would be curtailed if membership of the EU Single Market and free movement of people is threatened. Ms Hyslop’s comments ca
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  • 26/01/2017 - Assurance sought from UK Government on renewables
    Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, has called on the UK Government to ensure the renewable energy investment is a key priority in their forthcoming Industrial Strategy. Renewable energy resources have grown to become a major industrial sector in Scotland, with 14,000 people, among a total of 43,500
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  • 26/01/2017 - Application deadline approaches for Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund
    The deadline for applications to the Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) is Thursday 2 February 2017. KTIF is designed to support projects that increase farmers’ skills and knowledge by delivering training, coaching, courses and farm visits, and by supporting on-the-ground improvements in competitiveness, efficien
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  • 26/01/2017 - Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – Request for Grey Squirrel Control Records
    Estates involved with the control of grey squirrels for the SSRS project under the SRDP scheme are being asked to submit all 2016 trapping records to their local Forestry Commission office by the end of January in order to ensure payment under the scheme is made on time.  In addition the project is asking for a copy of t
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  • 26/01/2017 - IUCN UK Peatland Programme – UK Peatland Strategy consultation
    The IUCN UK Peatland Programme has produced a draft UK wide Strategy document which it has been seeking feedback on.    The document - here... is not a government endorsed strategy but nevertheless if it is balanced and properly reflects the latest science and research, it has the potential to support resources and ca
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  • 26/01/2017 - Phytophthora outbreak on Mull
    The Forestry Commission Scotland is to hold a special meeting on Mull on 31 January to discuss and find a way forward in relation to an outbreak of phytophthora ramorum in the south east of the island.  This outbreak is proving particularly challenging as the fungal infection is affecting rhododendron as well as larch, r
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  • 26/01/2017 - Parliamentary debate on Future Forestry arrangements
    As previously reported, the Scottish Government consulted on its plans to complete the devolution of Forestry administration and regulation in Scotland in the Autumn of last year.  This week the issue was debated in Parliament. The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, spoke to a Scottish Chamber de
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  • 26/01/2017 - National Access Forum
    The National Access Forum (NAF) met on the 25th January. At the meeting Scottish Land & Estates and Forestry Commission Scotland presented a joint paper on the subject of Enduro mountain biking and the construction of wild trails without land managers permission or consent. Full papers and minutes of the meeting can be fo
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  • 26/01/2017 - Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee – Deer Management in Scotland
    On Tuesday the ECCLR committee held a further public evidence session with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). In attendance were Andrew Bachell, Director of Policy and Advice, Donald Fraser, Operations Manager (Deer and Wildlife), Claudia Rowse, Head of Rural Resources Unit, and Des Thompson, Principal Advisor for Biodiversity,
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  • 24/01/2017 - Land” named as one of rural Scotland’s top issues
    The theme of ‘Land’ was voted one of the top issues facing rural Scotland at the Scottish Rural Parliament last year. The Manifesto for rural Scotland, finalisedat the Rural Parliament following contributions from over 1,500 people, calls for “rural communities, our government and other interested and decision making p
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  • 23/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 23 January 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 23 January 2017.
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  • 23/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 16 - 20 January 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 16 - 20 January which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 20/01/2017 - Scottish Parliament debate on the future of Rural Funding
    Yesterday afternoon saw the Scottish Parliament debate the future of rural funding in a post-EU Scotland.  Many contributors reiterated our own thinking that there is an inevitability around future funding being focused on delivery of environmental objectives.  The debate though to a large extent focussed on devolution and
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  • 19/01/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates statement on climate change plan
    Land-based businesses in Scotland have welcomed new government plans to tackle climate change. Following publication of the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan, Scottish Land & Estates said its members were ready to play their part reducing carbon emissions whilst facilitating peatland restoration and the cr
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  • 19/01/2017 - Agritourism / food tourism sector in Scotland
    Following on from the publication of the report into a Strategy for Agritourism in Scotland, Scottish Land & Estates attended an initial meeting to identify an action plan for promoting agritourism within the Food Tourism strategy.  The definition of agritourism that the group is working to is – A tourism or leisure offeri
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