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A morning on the moor

16 Aug 2019

For Emma Dickinson, SLE Digital Communications Officer, the Glorious Twelfth was the first time out on a Scottish moor, experiencing a grouse shoot. She discusses what she learnt and how there is more to the industry than appears on social media. Having never

Lessons from the policy tour so far

2 Aug 2019

This week, three of our policy team, Eleanor Kay, Marcelina Hamilton and Emma Steel, began their tour of the North East and Highland Regions. They talk us through what they have learnt about the issues of concern to our members living and working in these

Electrical wiring regulations – tricky to digest?

26 Jul 2019

Mike Buchanan from Cambusmore Estate in Perthshire, takes us through some recent changes to electrical requirements. A new 18th edition of the electrical wiring regulations, known as BS 7671:2018, came into force in January 2019. Several revisions will affect

The first 100 days are always the toughest

24 Jul 2019

So, Boris Johnson will be our next Prime Minister. Now comes the hard work. Pick a Cabinet. Fight a by-election. Unite his Conservative MPs. Deliver Brexit by 31 October. Mr Johnson will officially be appointed Prime Minister today, 24 July, meaning there are

Bog Day Blog

23 Jul 2019

As it’s International Bog Day on Sunday 28 July this week’s blog showcases the work Peatland ACTION have been undertaking to restore the peatlands within Scotland’s oldest National Park. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, host to Richard

What can you do to make your farm safer?

19 Jul 2019

Eleanor Kay is Scottish Land & Estate’s policy advisor for agriculture and forestry. Here, during Farm Safety Week, she explains some simple tips that all in the farming sector should adopt to make our farms safer places for you, your family and those who work

Short-term lets - a balancing act

12 Jul 2019

Marcelina Hamilton is Scottish Land & Estate’s policy advisor for rural business and property. Here she explains why it’s important to get the balance right for any new regulations introduced to the short-term lets sector. The short-term lets sector is a vital

A receding hare line? Not on our moorlands

27 Jun 2019

Managing land in Scotland is a subject that often triggers passionate debate, none more so when it comes to the care of our native mountain hare. Green Party MSP Alison Johnstone this week launched a private member’s bill at Holyrood to introduce new controls

Big or small, let's celebrate rural Scotland

11 Jun 2019

Do you know a farm, rural business or estate who are doing things a little different, taking a new approach and helping their local community thrive? Has a local estate, farm or rural business near you made a positive contribution to your area, perhaps

Open your gates for Open Farm Sunday

5 Jun 2019

On Sunday 9 June farms across Scotland will open their gates for LEAF Open Farm Sunday . In the last five years over 80,000 people have visited open farm Sunday events in Scotland with the number of farmers opening their gates increasing each year. Signing up