Rural issues vital to Dumfries & Galloway economy
Local MSP Alex Fergusson visited Knocknalling and Forrest Estates on Thursday 20 October to learn more about the contribution the estates make to the local economy and the plans for their continued investment in Dumfries & Galloway.
The MSP for Galloway & West Dumfries and Scottish Parliament Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Member, was given an insight into the multiple use management of the Estates, and discussed both regional and national rural affairs issues with the owners and other key stakeholders. Discussions focused on wildlife and rural crime, boosting tourism in the region, economic development in Dumfries & Galloway and affordable housing in rural areas.
Matthew Sinclair, owner of Knocknalling Estate, St Johns Town of Dalry and Scottish Land & Estates Regional Chairman said:
"We're delighted that our local MSP has taken up the offer to come to Knocknalling and Forrest Estates. We feel it is important for local elected representatives to learn about the opportunities that estates can offer, and today Mr Fergusson has seen and heard firsthand how the estates contribute to the rural economy in Dumfries & Galloway. We also appreciated having the opportunity to discuss long term rural issues with him."
Alex Fergusson MSP commented:
"I was delighted to be given the opportunity to visit the estates. I found if particularly useful to learn more about the importance of traditional country estate activities in driving local tourism and business. Many aspects of the land use on both estates sees them operating as successful multi-functional rural businesses which play a vital role in the economy of our region."