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Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government and

Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government and senior advisor to Alex Salmond and the cabinet.

On Friday 7th December Sir Peter spent the day with Scottish Land & Estates visiting two member estates south of Edinburgh, both with farming and game management interests. One estate is very much an upland farm and moorland estate and the other a low ground farming estate. The objective was to gain a better insight into, and understanding of, these businesses and the critical interdependencies that exist with such land use and management. This followed a visit to Glenfalloch estate earlier in the year.

The morning was spent at The Hopes, a grouse moor and upland farming operation, where Robbie Douglas-Miller (Lammermuir Moorland Group chairman) gave a presentation and tour of the moor and farming operation. That was followed by a presentation of Wildlife Estates Scotland. In the afternoon, Alastair Salvesen and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust gave a tour of Whitburgh Farms and its Grey partridge conservation project. Both visits highlighted some key points and constraints that span upland and lowland operations. A wide range of issues were covered with a clear theme that sporting management plays a key role in the viability of such businesses, contributing significantly to the rural economy, to conservation and as such deserve the active support of Government.


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