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Scotland’s rural communities risk being hardest hit

17 Jun 2019
Press Release

Rural communities in Scotland are at risk of being hardest hit in a new Planning Bill, that could create barriers to delivering much-needed employment, economic and diversity opportunities, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has warned. The Planning (Scotland) Bill is due to enter its final stage at Holyrood this week (18 -20 June), and SLE is...

Scottish Land & Estates appoints new Head of Communications

10 Jun 2019
Press Release

A new Head of Communications has been appointed by rural business organisation, Scottish Land & Estates. Laura Butcher joins SLE from the Law Society of Scotland, the professional body and regulator of Scottish solicitors, where she was also Head of Communications. A chartered PR practitioner, Laura has over 15 years’ experience of...

SLE visit to Ford and Etal Estate; a focus on tourism

6 Jun 2019
General News

On Tuesday, 4th June, a group of South East landowners and guests from Scottish Land & Estates visited Ford and Etal Estate to learn about the estate’s innovative marketing strategy and business model, which has made it a popular tourist destination. Hosted and led by Lord Joicey, this informal event was an opportunity to learn from both...

Flexibility key to returning empty rural homes to use

5 Jun 2019
Press Release

More empty homes in the countryside could be returned to use if greater policy flexibility was available to recognise the unique circumstances of rural Scotland. After providing evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee, SLE Executive Director Sarah-Jane Laing said a one-size fits all approach across...

Rural crime comes to the city as SPARC takes to George Square

4 Jun 2019
General News

Efforts to combat rural crime head for Glasgow Rural came to the city today (Tuesday 4 June) as the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) took up post on George Square, Glasgow in the fight against rural crime. SPARC in the City – an event which aimed to speak to those who live, work or visit rural areas – saw various...

Land to be marketed for sale on Buccleuch’s Borders Estate

30 May 2019
Press Release

Buccleuch announced today it intends to sell a substantial landholding the Scottish Borders, including Langholm Moor. Following a review of land on its estates, 25,000 acres - stretching from Auchenrivock in the south to Hartsgarth in the north – are being marketed from Buccleuch’s Borders Estate. Alongside the Moor, much of the area is...

Hadden Group run 12-week Employability Programme for PKC

27 May 2019
General News

Perthshire based contractor, Hadden Group, are delighted to have recently delivered and completed a twelve-week employability programme – Route into: Construction. The programme was designed for the @ScottStreet initiative run by Perth and Kinross Council. The aim of @ScottStreet is to provide information and support to young people to...

The first NE Walk & Talk of 2019

23 May 2019
General News

On 22 May, SLE members travelled from as far afield as Kirriemuir, Blair Atholl and Perth to join our first NE Walk & Talk on Private Water Supplies. Hosted by The MacRobert Trust and in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the event provided an opportunity to speak with those directly involved in the monitoring and management of...

SLE statement on hen harrier ‘Marci’

22 May 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding an appeal for information about a missing hen harrier, Marci. Sarah-Jane Laing, executive director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support the appeal for information about the missing hen harrier, Marci. Any missing protected species is a cause for concern and anyone...

Seismic change required to grow Scotland's rural economy

15 May 2019
Press Release

Scotland’s rural businesses need to embrace seismic change and break the barriers that exist between land uses in order to flourish in the next decade and beyond. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, made the comments as he addressed the rural business organisation’s annual conference in Edinburgh today. With Scottish...