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Land for Housing Report published by Scottish Land Commission

18 Aug 2021
General News

The Scottish Land Commission (SLC) has published its Land for Housing Report, which sets out their proposals on how increased affordable housing can be delivered across Scotland. The report details five proposals, each of which are designed to reform the existing approach to land promotion. These are as follows: The creation of a network...

SLE calls for Scottish Government rethink on one size fits all approach to short-term lets

13 Aug 2021
Press Release

New licensing laws being proposed for short-term let housing could have a devastating impact on Scotland’s rural communities, at a time when people are reeling from the wide-scale impacts of Covid-19, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation representing rural businesses and landowners. In response to the Scottish Government...

Call to support benefits of moorland management as grouse shooting season gets underway

12 Aug 2021
Press Release

The annual grouse shooting season got under way today with rural communities urging: “Support Moorland Life.” Newly published research* shows that moorland management is sustainable and delivers a host of environmental, social and economic benefits and that alternative land uses would not produce better results. Rural businesses across...

Publicly funded beaver management key to resolving tension between conservation and land management

10 Aug 2021
Press Release

Establishing an effective and well-resourced management framework for beavers in Scotland should be the shared goal for government, conservation and land management interests, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The rural business organisation made the comments following publication of the latest beaver survey by NatureScot, which...

Grouse shooting gives glorious boost to rural economies and the environment, says study

7 Aug 2021
General News

The Daily Telegraph reports on a forthcoming academic study on sustainability and grouse shooting Grouse shooting gives glorious boost to rural economies and the environment, says study Sport supports tourism, employment and biodiversity, experts argue. Plus, Prof James Crabbe on why Glorious 12th is vital for conservation By Hayley Dixon...

Two Scottish landholdings gain prestigious wildlife conservation accreditation

4 Aug 2021
Press Release

Two Scottish landholdings have retained their prestigious international accreditation to recognise their ongoing work in wildlife management and conservation. Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) accreditation has been awarded to Glenmuick Estate and to Rottal Estate, both of which are nestled in the Cairngorms National Park. WES is a national...

Latest changes to Scotland inbound travel from the US and EU

29 Jul 2021
General News

From Monday 2 August, fully vaccinated people from the EU and US will be able to travel to Scotland without quarantining. This was announced by the Scottish Government yesterday, 28 July. This lifting of restrictions has some caveats however: The need for travellers to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in Scotland is being waived...

SLE enhances its Policy & Public Affairs team with four new appointments

28 Jul 2021
Press Release

Four new staff appointments have been made by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) to boost its policy and public affairs team. Lindsay Duncan, Simon Ovenden, Paul Richardson and Andrew Henderson have joined SLE’s headquarters team at its base in Musselburgh and will each play a role in advising members and influencing public policy and...

Aim to Sustain – a new initiative

23 Jul 2021
Press Release

We are delighted to announce that Scottish Land & Estates is one of nine rural organisations to join a new formal partnership to promote the multitude of conservation and community benefits that make the countryside a better place for all to enjoy. ‘Aim To Sustain’ has been formed to highlight the crucial role that sustainable game...

SLE responds to Scotland’s Climate Assembly report on climate emergency

24 Jun 2021
Press Release

Commenting on the report from Scotland’s Climate Assembly which sets out 81 recommendations to help tackle the climate emergency, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business organisation, said: “Congratulations to the citizens from Scotland’s Climate Assembly for putting together such a thought...