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Edinglassie Hosts SLE's Second COP26 Showcase Event

17 Nov 2021
Press Release

Edinglassie Estate, near Huntly, hosted SLE's second COP26 environmental event on the final day of the two-week international conference on Friday 12 November. The estate is a traditional, mixed use upland estate of 4,600 acres, with the majority being heather moorland rising from 750 to 1600 feet and is an excellent example of integrated...

COP26 Roundup

11 Nov 2021
General News

As COP26 in Glasgow ends tomorrow, we reflect on the key agreements and developments and highlight the work SLE and WES have been doing to support COP26 across the two-week event. Key pledges include: The Global Methane Pledge: 103 countries signed up to a deal to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. The Coal Pledge: Over 40...

Craigengillan Estate Hosts Showcase SLE COP26 Event

9 Nov 2021
General News

Craigengillan Estate in East Ayrshire hosted a key SLE COP26 showcase event on Friday 5 November 2021. While COP26 discussions were ongoing in Glasgow, the day at Craigengillan was one of action and to highlight how landowners in Scotland are doing their part to help tackle the twin emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss...

Scotland’s rural businesses take centre stage for their climate action at national Helping it Happen Awards

7 Nov 2021
Press Release

Eleven businesses and community groups from across rural Scotland have won national Helping it Happen Awards tonight (27 October 2021) at a live virtual ceremony, for their work on combatting climate change, habitat restoration and providing training and jobs. Now in its fifth year, the Helping It Happen Awards have become firmly...

How SLE is supporting COP26

2 Nov 2021
General News

Find out how land managers are continuing to take climate action! COP26 (Conference of the Parties) 2021 takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November. There’s no better time for stakeholders and the public to find out more about the crucial role land managers in Scotland play in combatting climate change. This is also a great...

SLE Joins Tourism Bodies in Backing Highland Council Opposition to Short-Term Lets Licensing

29 Oct 2021
Press Release

SLE and two leading Scottish tourism organisations have welcomed a motion passed by Highland Council in support of Scotland’s self-catering sector. SLE, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC), and the Scottish Bed and Breakfast Association (SBBA) have all expressed thanks to councillors who passed the motion, which urges the...

Agri-Environment Climate Scheme extension - SLE comment

28 Oct 2021
Press Release

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s Agri-Environment Climate Scheme extension, Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates said: “We welcome the announcement of the new Agri-Environment Climate Scheme, which will open for funding in 2022. We see this as a key part of rural Scotland’s ability to meet the challenges of the...

SLE statement on Autumn Budget 2021

27 Oct 2021
Press Release

Commenting on the UK Autumn Budget announced by the Chancellor this afternoon, SLE Chief Executive, Sarah-Jane Laing said: “There are a number of positive announcements in the Budget to help Scotland’s rural economy. “We welcome news that the Scottish Government will receive an increased budget by an average of £4.6bn per year and we hope...

SLE statement on RSPB bird crime report

27 Oct 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding the RSPB Birdcrime report. A spokesperson for Scottish Land & Estates said: “We condemn all forms of wildlife crime - including raptor persecution. Official police recorded incidents of raptor crime continue to decline in Scotland, which is welcome, and for many years we...

Dedicated Fund Needed To Save Scotland’s Rainforest from Rhododendron

26 Oct 2021
Press Release

Urgent action is required to stop Rhododendron ponticum wiping out Scotland’s rare rainforest, according to a new report published by Woodland Trust Scotland in partnership with Scottish Land & Estates. Recommendations in the Rhododendron in the Rainforest report includes establishment of a Rainforest Restoration Fund to help communities...