The fourth edition of SRUC’s Rural Scotland in Focus was published this week, focusing on three main themes, namely; Changing Land Management; Scotland’s Rural Economies: looking beyond the land based sector; and Policies for Communities in Scotland: are they delivering national resilience outcomes?
The first theme, Changing Land Management, shows the changing face of agriculture across all its sectors, examines the important role of private, community and non-governmental organisation owned estates, and explores the importance of woodland and forestry for Scotland’s environment and economy. Under the section on Scotland’s Rural Economies, SRUC describes the critical contribution made by Scotland’s wider rural economy which encompasses a range of enterprises across a breadth of sizes and sectors. Finally, they have gone on to analyse the policy push towards resilient communities, and question whether the evidence exists to say with certainty that such policies have made a significant difference at national level.
A copy of the full 199-page document can be downloaded here.