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Housing landlords warn of ‘devastating impact’ on rented housing by ‘backdoor’ COVID legislation

18 Mar 2022
Press Release

Plans to extend housing tenants’ rights that were introduced as an emergency measure during the COVID-19 pandemic will have a ‘devastating’ effect on the private rented housing sector, rural landlords have warned today. Scottish Land & Estates, which represents rural businesses across Scotland, said tenancy proposals contained within the...

‘Green’ investment can deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for all in rural Scotland

16 Mar 2022
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates said today that the debate around investment in natural capital should not ignore the urgency of the climate and nature emergencies - and should focus on maximising the multiple positive outcomes for Scotland. Responding to a discussion paper published by the Scottish Land Commission on natural capital, Scottish...

Scotland’s estates offer homes and jobs for those fleeing Ukraine

15 Mar 2022
Press Release

Rural estates in Scotland have said they are ready and able to welcome Ukrainian refugees and to offer accommodation and employment. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), which represents rural businesses, said more than 40 estates had volunteered to help those fleeing war and arriving in Scotland. SLE said it had written to the Scottish...

Appeal for information on failed satellite tag

4 Mar 2022
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates and Buccleuch Estates today (4 March 2022) issued an appeal for information following reports that a satellite-tag attached to a golden eagle in the south of Scotland has stopped working. Transmission from the satellite tag ceased in late January and a search of land by Police Scotland in the last known location...

Scottish farming’s digital future demonstrated at SLE Walk & Talk

4 Mar 2022
Press Release

Digital innovation in Scottish farming has been showcased at a walk and talk event organised by rural business association, Scottish Land & Estates. Hosted by Buccleuch’s Borders Estate at Bowhill near Selkirk, attendees heard from farm manager Sion Williams how the adoption of technology was improving outcomes across the business...

Sustainable farming announcement step in the right direction for Scottish agriculture

2 Mar 2022
Press Release

Planned action to develop sustainable and regenerative farming in Scotland is positive for the sector, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The rural business and land management organisation said it welcomed a degree of clarity provided by the Scottish Government’s statement on farming published today. SLE said the National Test Programme...

Breaking news! Housing conference programme & speakers finalised

24 Feb 2022
General News

We are delighted to announce our finalised programme and line-up of expert speakers for our Flagship Annual Conference “Homes at the Heart of Rural Communities” sponsored by Galbraith and Gillespie Macandrew on 17 May at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh. Our three keynote speakers are Sarah-Jane Laing, SLE Chief Executive, Shona...

National charities support Platinum Jubilee Beacons with 100 days to go to the start of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend

23 Feb 2022
General News

A coalition of major charities and organisations have expressed their support for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and announced plans to light community beacons in her honour. With exactly 100 days to go until the start of the Platinum Jubilee Weekend and the Beacons event on Thursday 2nd June, national and regional charities – including...

Agriculture Transformation Fund of £5 million welcome as farming strives to reduce emissions

11 Feb 2022
Press Release

Capital grant funding to aid Scottish farming’s low-carbon future has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. Announced by the Scottish Government today, the whole of the current year’s Agriculture Transformation Fund of £5million will be made available for farm businesses, including agricultural contractors, to invest in capital items...

Three Housing Keynote Speakers Confirmed for Annual Conference

10 Feb 2022
Press Release

We are delighted to confirm Sarah-Jane, SLE Chief Executive, Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government and Dr Moses Jenkins, Senior Technical Officer, Historic Environment Scotland as our keynote speakers for our flagship annual conference “Homes at the heart of rural communities”. Taking place on...