MSP for Angus South, Graeme Dey, visited Scottish Land & Estates members William and Gill Lawrie at Newton of Arbirlot Farm by Arbroath to discuss the challenges facing rural stakeholders in the current economic climate, and to find out more about the daily work carried out on large-scale farms.
Commenting afterwards, Mr Dey said –
‘To have the opportunity to get a real insight from William and Gill into the workings of their farm was invaluable. We had a lengthy discussion about the challenges facing rural business-owners in the current economic climate and how to best ensure a sustainable future.
‘William and Gill’s work not only centres around the working of the land itself but also includes educating local children about where our food comes from, and supporting as best they can the wonderful natural biodiversity we have here in rural Angus with their working practices.
‘As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee I am keen to develop the fullest possible understanding of farming and rural businesses, especially in Angus South where we have an internationally renowned and vibrant food and drink sector.’