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Celebrating Scotland’s Gardens Online

28 May 2020
General News

The Scottish Summer Garden Festival is going ahead as a virtual event following a decision by organisers, Discover Scottish Gardens, that restricted travel is no reason for garden lovers to miss out on the glory of the season in full bloom. Supported by Scottish Land & Estates, the on-line spectacle will run from Saturday, 13 June until...

Letter to COSLA on flytipping

27 May 2020
General News

Scottish Land & Estates has written to COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, to highlight our concerns about the increase in flytipping during lockdown. In recent correspondence with council leaders we have also seen a real divergence in how each local authority is responding the flytipping, and we have called on their...

Nine in ten rural business owners confident they can reopen safely

20 May 2020
Press Release

Over 90% of rural business owners in Scotland are confident they can reopen their business while safely adhering to social distancing measures. A new survey carried out this week by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business membership organisation, found that of the 250 businesses who responded, 56% are confident they can reopen...

National campaign to encourage farmers to #KeepTalking

20 May 2020
Press Release

A national #KeepTalking campaign, fronted by Perthshire farmer and TV comedian Jim Smith (pictured this week on his farm), is set to be launched this week by RSABI, the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture and supported by Scottish Land & Estates and other rural organisations. Auctioneers around the country have been...

Dialogue key to rent review process

20 May 2020
Press Release

Communication between landlords and tenants - especially in relation to the impact of Covid-19 - is vital when conducting rent reviews, Scottish Land & Estates said today. Responding to a call from the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association for farm rent reductions, SLE said rent reviews should be conducted in line with sector guidance from...

Second chance to protect UK food standards must not be missed

20 May 2020
Press Release

MPs must not miss this crucial opportunity to prevent substandard imports from undercutting our own domestic food which is already produced to extremely high British farming standards, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has said. The organisation made the comments ahead of the second reading of the Trade Bill in Westminster on 20 May 2020...

Councils urged not to charge flytipping victims at the dump

19 May 2020
Press Release

Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are due to be opened by Scottish councils on 1 June 2020 to allow safe and responsible access for locals. We strongly welcome the move to re-open HWRCs if staff and public safety can be maintained, and today we have written to all 32 Scottish local authorities urging them to support landowners...

Substandard food imports remain a concern ahead of trade negotiations

14 May 2020
Press Release

The failure to enshrine a commitment against substandard food imports into the UK is deeply disappointing, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The organisation made the comments following the third reading of the Agriculture Bill in the House of Commons last night. Eleanor Kay, Policy Adviser (Agriculture) at Scottish Land & Estates, said...

Furlough scheme extended

13 May 2020
Press Release

The Chancellor has announced that the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October 2020. Furloughed workers across the UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. New flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost the economy. As...

Extension to Farming Tenant’s Amnesty

13 May 2020
Press Release

Following today’s passing of regulations by the Scottish Parliament to extend the amnesty on tenant’s improvements for a further six months to 12 December 2020, Scottish Land & Estates is echoing the call from Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, in urging landlords, tenants and their agents not to use this as a reason for delaying...