First Climate Change Stakeholders Network visit held at Arbigland, Dumfries & Galloway

Tracey Roan ,
24 Feb 2022

In this blog, our Regional Support Officer for Dumfries & Galloway, Tracey Roan, recounts a visit to Arbigland Estate on 22 February 2022, the location for the first in person meeting of the Dumfries & Galloway Climate Change Stakeholder Network.




As part of our ongoing work with Dumfries & Galloway Climate Change Stakeholder Network, Sarah Farrell, Climate Emergency Project Officer and Chole Watson, INSPIRE Graduate visited SLE Member Jamie Blackett at Arbigland, Dumfries with SLE Regional Support Officer Tracey Roan and Agriculture and Climate Change Policy Officer Paul Richardson.

The Stakeholders Network was set up as result from the Dumfries and Galloway Strategic Plan 12-point plan to become a Net Zero Region by 2025.  Part of the remit of the Network is to highlight innovation and showcase examples of good practice across all sectors within Dumfries & Galloway.  

eeThe farming ethos and practises at Arbigland Farms made it a great location for our first in person and on farm Network meeting. Sharing good practices in slurry management to herd health and grass land management and how they all play a role in reducing the region`s agricultural carbon emissions.   

The visit was an excellent opportunity for the agricultural industry – a significant contributor to the economy in the region – to demonstrate the wide range of benefits being delivered from responsible management of the land. In addition to carbon sequestration taking place in soils, grassland, hedgerows and trees, Arbigland Farms are working hard to reduce their own emissions through effective slurry management, reducing inputs, and improved efficiency.

As well as food production, the farming enterprise is delivering several other eco-system services, and it is important that future net-zero and agricultural support policy recognises this. Examples include improved public access, linking habitats through the creation of over 3,500m of hedgerows, providing opportunities for wading birds on wetlands, and improving soil health with regular testing, green manure cover crops, and over-wintered stubbles to name a few.

It is important that policy makers do not focus solely on GHG emissions as a consequence of productive agriculture in the strive to meet ambitious climate change targets, and begin to develop tools to accurately measure, record, encourage, and support the wider benefits being delivered.

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