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Bag the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders

16 Apr 2019
General News

To mark the release of a new updated illustrative map of the Big Houses in the Scottish Borders, a new ‘Bag the Big Houses’ scheme is being launched for visitors. The Big Houses in the Scottish Borders Group, which is made up of 11 of the region’s greatest historic homes and castles, is launching this scheme to encourage visitors to enjoy...

Research indicates benefits to mountain hares from grouse moor management

11 Apr 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates welcomes new evidence A study by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) and published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research has found that moorland managed for driven grouse is likely to provide an overall conservation benefit for mountain hares in Scotland. The research looked at mountain hare...

Scottish Land & Estates boosts HQ team with new property and business policy officer

9 Apr 2019
Press Release

SLE has appointed a new adviser to its policy team to further enhance services to members and engagement with government and stakeholders. Marcelina Hamilton has this week joined Scottish Land & Estates’ Musselburgh HQ to work on property and business issues such as housing, energy efficiency, rates and wayleaves. Following time spent in...

SLE supports Borders tenancy agreement

8 Apr 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed the agreement that will enable a Borders farm tenant to remain on a farm he has rented from Buccleuch Estates. The Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, announced that he had been approached by Buccleuch in an effort to find a solution and that discussions he held with Buccleuch, the tenant, Mr...

2019 'Helping It Happen' Awards open for entries

4 Apr 2019
Press Release

People across rural Scotland are being urged to share their stories of the work done by local estates, farms and land-based businesses to help their surrounding communities flourish, as nominations for the 2019 Helping It Happen Awards get underway. Following two successful years, organiser Scottish Land & Estates has declared the Helping...

SLE statement on latest EU withdrawal vote

29 Mar 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement after today’s vote at Westminster on the EU Withdrawal Bill. Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Scottish rural business has much in common with the rest of the country in wanting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in the Brexit process....

Collaborative and constructive solutions required to deliver for rural communities

21 Mar 2019
Press Release

Modern and innovative policymaking on the use of land is required to help rural communities meet the challenges they face, Scottish Land & Estates said today. Speaking following a debate in the Scottish Parliament today, Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Landowners and rural businesses – who make a...

If you go Doune to the woods today...

21 Mar 2019
General News

On Wednesday, 20 March, a group of landowners and guests from Scottish Land & Estates visited Doune Ponds to learn of the excellent work taking place there. Hosted by Moray Estates and Doune Community Woodland Group (DCWG) this informal ‘Walk & Talk’ event was an opportunity to learn from those directly involved in the management of local...

Rural businesses play a key role in delivering Scottish Government objectives

21 Mar 2019
General News

Scottish Land & Estates’ (SLE) members play a key role in delivering Scottish Government policy objectives in key areas such as forestry, farming, renewable energy and housing, MSPs have heard ahead of a Scottish Parliament debate on land reform. Ranging from delivering vital affordable housing to providing clean and affordable energy...

Pioneering property maintenance app launched by Scottish Land & Estates

20 Mar 2019
Press Release

A revolutionary property repair and maintenance reporting system to help residential tenants and landlords has been launched by Scottish Land & Estates (SLE). Believed to be among the first of its kind for the private rented sector in Scotland, the new app and website provides a 24/7 photo and video reporting platform and aims to provide...