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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for Scottish Land & Estates members

16 Mar 2020
Press Release

At Scottish Land & Estates, we are continuing to monitor all information available regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). We are acutely aware that the governmental guidance on mitigating the spread of Covid-19 is going to have some impact on Scottish Land & Estates. However, the service we provide to our members will remain the same. As of 17...

SLE welcomes budget measures to support rural economy

12 Mar 2020
Press Release

Financial support for Scotland’s food and drink industry and funding for gigabit-capable broadband has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. The rural business organisation also said it was pleased tax relief on red diesel for agricultural business had been retained. Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said:...

Fact-finding visit for rural minister to Scottish estate

9 Mar 2020
General News

An East Lothian estate holding a prestigious wildlife and conservation accreditation has welcomed Scotland’s Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment to the estate to learn more about their vital work. Mairi Gougeon MSP visited the Hopes Estate in East Lothian on Wednesday 4th March where she was given a tour of the estate...

Countryside organisations welcome cartridge manufacturers commitment to the future of game shooting in the UK

29 Feb 2020
General News

Scottish Land & Estates and other countryside organisations have welcomed the announcement from the directors of the UK’s leading shotgun cartridge manufacturers to seek alternatives to lead ammunition. Their goal could not be more clear: “to develop new high performance ammunition for all shotguns and gauges using sustainable materials...

School kids hold the key to future greener homes

28 Feb 2020
Press Release

Scottish school children should be taught how their actions now can impact on climate change and the kind of homes they will live in in the future. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has today (28 February 2020) called for more education for school kids on the important role housing plays in our lives, in response to the Scottish Government...

SLE supports improvements amnesty as deadline approaches

27 Feb 2020
General News

Scottish Land & Estates has said the organisation and its members are fully supportive of the amnesty for tenants’ improvements as the June 2020 deadline fast approaches. Earlier this week, the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) claimed some landlords and factors were delaying the process for registering improvements – a claim...

Land managers perfectly placed to deliver environmental vision

25 Feb 2020
Press Release

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s Environment Strategy for Scotland: vision and outcomes report published today (25 February 2020), Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates said: “Land managers are in the perfect position to help deliver the Scottish Government’s vision for the environment. Our members are already...

Shooting and rural organisations take responsibility of move away from lead ammunition

24 Feb 2020
Press Release

Leading shooting and rural organisations have today announced they want an end to the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition for live quarry shooting within five years. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), British Game Alliance (BGA) Countryside Alliance (CA), Country Land and Business...

Non-Domestic Rates Bill passed

13 Feb 2020
General News

The Non-Domestic Rates Bill passed Stage 3 in the Scottish Parliament in February 2020. We believe the Bill should be viewed as a positive first step to a more comprehensive reform of the non-domestic rates system. However there is still more to be done to ensure Scotland has a truly competitive rates system. We have spent several months...

General Licence restrictions pose a threat to conservation

7 Feb 2020
Press Release

Greater restrictions on the use of general licences - which allow certain birds to be controlled to prevent crop damage, predation of at-risk bird species and the protection of public health – could pose a threat to wildlife conservation efforts. Following the announcement today of new restrictions on general licences by Scottish Natural...