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Minister for Environment and Land Reform visit to Rottal Estates

1 Feb 2022
General News

We are delighted to have been joined by the Minister for Environment and Land Reform Màiri McAllan MSP (pictured right) on a visit to Rottal Estates today (1 February), looking at sustainable upland management & nature based solutions. Dee Ward, (pictured left, accompanied with Isla and Milo), who owns and runs Rottal Estates in the Angus...

Employment and communities need to be at the heart of land rights and responsibilities

28 Jan 2022
Press Release

Proposed revisions to Scotland’s Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement could diminish the importance of communities and employment when placed next to the drive to reach net-zero. Scottish Land & Estates has responded to a Scottish Government consultation on an amended statement which is due for review by September 2022. The...

Key dates for short-term lets licenses

27 Jan 2022
General News

The Scottish Government has provided further information for short-term lets operators following the recent vote in the Scottish Parliament which approved a licensing scheme for all short- term let and B&B operators across Scotland. SLE has consistently raised strong concerns that the draft licensing order had been shaped with mainly...

Delivering best use of land should be central to Scotland’s fiscal policy

25 Jan 2022
Press Release

What Scotland wants to deliver from its land needs to be the key factor when considering a huge and costly exercise to assess and include all land on the valuation roll. Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, made the comments following the Scottish Land Commission’s (SLC) publication of Advice to Scottish Ministers on...

Could you be our new Press & Public Affairs Manager?

21 Jan 2022
General News

We have an opening for a new Press & Public Affairs Manager. Are you passionate about using your campaigning expertise to help rural Scotland thrive? As a membership organisation, Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) is responsible for championing and supporting rural businesses that provide economic, social and environmental benefits to one of...

Rural Businesses set to Suffer as Short-term Lets Legislation Passes

19 Jan 2022
Press Release

Rural businesses are set to suffer following the Scottish Parliament’s passing of a short-term lets licensing order which is hugely disproportionate to the problems that are claimed to be managed, Scottish Land & Estates has said today. SLE has consistently raised strong concerns that the draft licensing order had been shaped with mainly...

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons

14 Jan 2022
General News

On 2 June 2022, we will celebrate another unique milestone in our history - Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - her 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth. It is a feat no previous monarch has achieved. More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas...

Livestock attacks: Police Scotland and rural organisations combine forces

11 Jan 2022
Press Release

A campaign to protect Scotland’s livestock has been launched following new legislation which protects animals from dog attacks through a range of measures including updating the livestock definition, fines up to £40,000 and prison sentences for owners who let their pets worry, kill or injure farmed animals. SPARC, the Scottish Partnership...

Cambridge University research adds to bank of science demonstrating muirburn's positive contribution on carbon

7 Jan 2022
General News

This article originally appeared on The role of muirburn in maintaining some of Scotland’s most precious habitats can be a heated one – but new science from the University of Cambridge is the latest research to demonstrate the importance of ‘cool burns’ to our upland ecosystem. Published in Nature Geoscience by Dr. Adam...

Winter walkers urged to tread safely on Scotland’s estates following Storm Arwen

21 Dec 2021
Press Release

Walkers accessing Scotland’s rural estates for recreation over Christmas and New Year are being asked to take care as the clear up operation from Storm Arwen continues. Although the full damage is still being assessed from the storm in late-November, it is estimated that more than eight million trees were damaged, accounting for between 1...