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  • 23/05/2017 - Joint statement on Scottish game shooting proposals
    Following this morning’s hearing of the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, organisations representing the game shooting community issued the following statement. “We are disappointed that the committee voted narrowly in favour of a course of action which includes examining the
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin - 22 May 2017
      Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 22 May 2017.  
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  • 22/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers 15 - 19 May 2016
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Questions & Answers from 15 - 19 May which may be of interest to Scottish Land & Estates members.
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  • 19/05/2017 - Scottish Land & Estates Refutes STFA Claims
    In response to a statement from the STFA which claimed that there is a widespread move to ‘replace tenant farmers with trees’, Scottish Land & Estates issued the following statement.   David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Land owners want to make the best use of the land. That includes diffe
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  • 19/05/2017 - 800th Living Wage employer accredited
    Gorgie City Farm has become the 800th Scottish-based Living Wage accredited employer. Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Keith Brown made the announcement while visiting the farm where he met staff benefitting from their commitment to fair work principles. The Scottish Government has set a target of reaching 1,000 Scottish-based
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  • 19/05/2017 - Surge in overseas visitors
    Scotland experienced a 6% surge in visitors from overseas in 2016, new figures show. Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) highlighted an additional 155,000 overseas visits were made to Scotland last year compared with 2015, strongly supported by a rise in the number of tourists from North America.
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  • 19/05/2017 - National Rural Mental Health Forum
    Following on from Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May) the National Rural Mental Health Forum held its 3rd meeting at Islington. Plans were discussed for further awareness raising of the work of the Forum including at the Royal Highland Show. Members attending the Scottish Land & Estates conference will receive an informat
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  • 19/05/2017 - Brodies CPO roadshow
    Brodies LLP continued their series of Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) roadshows in Pitlochry this week. The discussion included advice for landowners faced with CPOs for the A9 dualling, noting that the golden role is to presume and assume nothing. Brodies insisted that early and continued dialogue with Transport Scotland is
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  • 19/05/2017 - GWCT organises visit for school pupils to Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead to find out what’s all going on the farm at this time of year
      Pupils from Tynewater Primary School, Pathhead, Midlothian and from Elphinstone Primary School, Tranent, East Lothian visited Whitburgh Farms, Pathhead this week to see what is currently happening down on the farm.  The youngsters saw at first hand sheep, lambs, cattle and calves along with samples of wheat, barley, b
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  • 19/05/2017 - UK General Election
    Political parties have this week been launching their manifestoes for the UK General Election.  For links to their respective policy platforms which have been launched so far, please see below. Conservative Party - Forward, Together: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future Liberal Democrats - Change B
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  • 18/05/2017 - Tree health problems on Mull
    A second meeting with forestry owners on Mull and FCS, which was aimed at finding a way forward in tackling tree health issues, was held on the island on Tuesday.  Senior Policy Officer, Anne Gray went over to support our members. Of particular concern is an outbreak of Phytophthora Ramorum in larch and rhododendron.  T
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  • 18/05/2017 - Rewilding debates at Big Nature Weekend
    Last week was Big Nature weekend in the Cairngorms, with over 60 events held in the area to celebrate nature and the outdoors.  We took part in two rewilding debates one at Balmoral and the other at Boat of Garten.  Both of the debates attracted a fairly large audience of around 60 or so.  Wildlife photographer and rew
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  • 18/05/2017 - Parliamentary Bulletin - 15 May 2017
    Scottish Land & Estates Parliamentary Bulletin for week commencing 15th May 2017.
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  • 18/05/2017 - Bird Gatherings get go ahead
    The Scottish Government has this week published a revised bird gatherings general licence, which removes the temporary measure prohibiting poultry, game birds and waterfowl from outside Scotland from attending gatherings. The new licence, which can be found at www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00518107.pdf and comes into effect
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  • 18/05/2017 - Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Companies
    Scottish Land & Estates has responded to the UK Government Call for Evidence on a Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Companies.  While welcoming a commitment to trasparency in landownership, we  have called for the measures to be proportionate and for no duplication with other measures already in force or expected to
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  • 18/05/2017 - National Access Forum
    Earlier this week Scottish Land & Estates attended the National Access Forum in Battleby. Following on from the last NAF meeting in January and a site visit in March on the agenda for discussion was the issue of unauthorised mountain bike trail building and the desire by some members of NAF including Scottish Land & Estates t
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  • 16/05/2017 - Finalists announced for the Helping It Happen awards
    FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR HELPING IT HAPPEN AWARDS Shortlists for seven categories, including The Iver Salvesen Green Business Award The finalists for the inaugural Helping it Happen awards have now been announced. Across seven categories, estates, rural businesses and countryside partnerships have been shortlisted
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  • 15/05/2017 - Waders Workshop
    At the end of last week, Scottish Land & Estates along with other stakeholders attended a workshop in Edinburgh to discuss options for an initiative to follow the Understanding Predation Project; as a working title this initiative is being called Working for Waders. Supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and facilitated b
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  • 11/05/2017 - Consultation on the draft private water supplies regulations
    Scottish Ministers are seeking views on draft regulations for large private water supplies (also known as ‘Type A supplies’) defined as supplying more than 50 people per day. The proposals seek to transpose, for private water supplies, Amending Directive (EU) 2015/1787 which makes some changes to Directive 98/83/EC on the
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  • 11/05/2017 - CAP payments scrutiny
    Fergus Ewing MSP appeared before the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this week to defend the government’s management of the CAP payments system. Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, appeared before the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on Wednesday to discuss CAP paymen
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