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Next generation of land managers discuss rural economy at SLE young members dinner

10 May 2019
Press Release

The future of land management in Scotland was at the heart of discussions at a young members dinner held this week in Edinburgh by Scottish Land & Estates. Hosted and sponsored by Hampden and Co Bank, the event was attended by Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing who spoke to the next generation who will play their part in a changing rural...

Environmental principles should be maintained following Brexit

10 May 2019
Press Release

Current EU environmental principles should be formally translated into domestic law after Brexit, according to Scottish Land & Estates. Responding to a Scottish Government consultation on environmental principles and governance , the rural business organisation said adopting the principles would ensure Scotland kept pace with...

Support for appeal for information over missing hen harrier

7 May 2019
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding an appeal for information about a missing hen harrier, Skylar. Sarah-Jane Laing, executive director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support the appeal for information about the hen harrier, Skylar, whose satellite tag stopped working in February. Any missing...

Scottish Land & Estates welcomes fire service proposal to use preventative burning

6 May 2019
Press Release

Calls for the increased use of controlled burning approach to combat wildfires is backed by the experience of this year’s muirburn season, land managers have said today. Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) said last week that it was to trial the greater use of controlled burning next spring after gathering evidence on the practice...

Right support can help Scotland’s land businesses meet net-zero target

2 May 2019
Press Release

A net-zero target for carbon emissions in Scotland by 2045 is challenging but could be achievable with the right support and leadership, Scottish Land & Estates has said. Speaking following the publication of the latest report from Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the rural business organisation said Scotland was well-placed to make a...

Land-based businesses continuing their valuable contribution despite political uncertainty

1 May 2019
Press Release

Land-based businesses are committed to playing their part in a thriving rural economy despite the ongoing political turbulence. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, made the comment at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at Perth Racecourse today. Following his election as chairman for another 12 months, Mr...

SLE committed to working with partners following new protected status for beavers

30 Apr 2019
Press Release

Beavers in Scotland will formally obtain European Protected Species status tomorrow (Wednesday 1 May). The status is introduced simultaneously with a new management framework which is designed to manage the issues that beavers can cause for farmers and land managers. Karen Ramoo, Policy Adviser (Access, Conservation & Wildlife Management)...

Benefits of moorland management

26 Apr 2019
Press Release

With moorland management under ever more scrutiny, Tim Baynes Scottish Land and Estates Moorland Group Director, has reiterated the immense value of existing moorland management practices in an open letter to The National. You can read the full letter below. Benefits of moorland management Sustainable economic growth is on the agenda for...

Innovation required to maximise benefits from Scotland's land

25 Apr 2019
Press Release

Mairi Gougeon MSP to provide keynote speech at SLE Conference Land-based businesses must be ready and equipped to deal with substantial social, economic and environmental change over the next decade, Scottish Land & Estates said today. Ahead of the rural business organisation’s annual conference - to be held in Edinburgh on May 15 - SLE...

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...