Land Managers Training Day - 17 April 2019
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Non Members £150+VAT = £180.00
Venue: Perth Racecourse, Perth, Perthshire PH2 6BB
This is a vital event for those actively involved in Scottish Land management to get a full understanding of some of the key recent changes. This day will give you the opportunity to be informed of the policy and regulatory changes, share ideas, and ask questions of the experts
09.30–10.00 Registration and Refreshments
10.00-10.10 Welcome and Introduction
10.15-10.35 Sporting Rates – Peter Wilkinson, Savills
Peter will provide updates on developments which include: the outcome of the first Deer Forest test Valuation Appeal Committee (VAC) hearing in Highlands region Dec 2018; 1st Shooting Rights test VAC hearing in Tayside on 12th April, (further to follow on 25th April); updated Practice Note, forestry allowance; reliefs and wider implications on remaining c. 3000 sporting rate appeals
10.35-10.55 Agriculture – Farm Advisory Service Scotland and Eleanor Kay, Scottish Land & Estates
Eleanor Kay will provide an update on current Agricultural policy in Scotland and the progress of the Agriculture Bill. The Farm Advisory Service will also provide an update on the different types of advice available for farmers. Including the grants available for Integrated Land Management Plans and Carbon Audits.
10.55-11.15 Questions & Answers
11.30-11.50 Energy Efficiency in the Private Rented Sector – Clare Dunlop, Senior Associate, Turcan Connell
Clare Dunlop will review the new Regulations relating to the energy efficiency requirements for residential let properties including the proposed abeyances and how these may effect certain types of houses.
11.50-12.10 Social Media, Anna Davies, Scene & Herd PR
A session looking at why social media is so beneficial for rural business and how to make the most of it. With opportunity for questions, Anna will discuss the key social media platforms and offer hints and tips on how to generate great engagement and grow awareness of your business.
12.10-12.30 Questions & Answers
All four workshops willl run twice, enabling attendees to attend two workshops each. Please let us know which workshops you would like to attend.
Telecoms, Kenny Munn, Savills
Kenny Munn will discuss the impact of the new Electronic Communications Code, in particular the assessment of consideration and compensation in light of recent court settlements.
Access, Don Macleod, Turcan Connell
Don Macleod will lead a workshop addressing practical issues which can arise as a result of people exercising their rights of access.
Peatland, Andrew McBride, Peatland Action
Andrew will discuss the many benefits land managers have found from restoring their peatlands and how to access Peatland Action grants and other funding.
Scottish Land Commission – Helen Barton
The Scottish Land Commission has launched its first Land Rights and Responsibilities protocol on ‘Community Engagement in Decisions Relating to Land’ which sets out practical advice on how landowners, land managers and communities can work together to make better – and fairer – decisions about land use. The protocol is primarily aimed at land owners and land managers, but it helps communities understand what they can reasonably expect from those with responsibility for taking decisions about land and for the local community organisations affected by those decisions.
SLC has also created a range of tools to support land owners in engaging with communities including a ‘decision map’ detailing engagement methods and what is expected of land owners and mangers in different situations and a practice guide to engagement plans to support the community engagement process, along with case studies. More information can be found here.
15.00-15.30 Expert Panel Session
Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director, Scottish Land & Estates
Don Macleod, Partner, Turcan Connell
Hugo Struthers, Head of Rural Scotland, Savills