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Collaboration and trust vital to protecting the UK internal market

21 Sep 2020
Press Release

New barriers to trade within the UK must be avoided at all costs if we are to create a system which is fair for everyone and ensures vital trade remains as frictionless as possible, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents rural businesses and farmers. Following debate in Westminster last week which focused on...

Scottish Land & Estates statement on hen harrier

17 Sep 2020
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has issued the following statement regarding a hen harrier whose satellite tag is reported to have stopped transmitting. Mark Tennant, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Scottish Land & Estates would ask anyone with information on this hen harrier, including local sightings, to make this known to...

Urgent action required by Scottish Government on flytipping

16 Sep 2020
Press Release

Scotland’s leading rural and environmental organisations have written an open letter to Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, calling on the Scottish Government to urgently provide clarity on how it intends to move forward its work on tackling flytipping. In the letter, the...

Country Sports Vital to Rural Scotland Despite Ill-Founded Call for Covid-19 Halt

15 Sep 2020
Press Release

The safe participation in country sports is vital to helping the rural economy recover, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The comment comes as country sports has been unfairly singled out by a vocal few as an activity that should not be allowed to take place during Covid restrictions. In common with a plethora of other outdoor events...

SLE statement on Programme for Government 2020/21

1 Sep 2020
Press Release

Commenting on today’s Programme for Government, Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) said: “We welcome the new Programme for Government 2020/21, announced today, which puts a renewed focus on the role we can all play in tackling the climate crisis head on and supporting Scotland’s fragile rural communities as...

Finalists announced for Helping It Happen Awards 2020

31 Aug 2020
Press Release

Twelve awards recognising rural Scotland including community champion honours The finalists for the Helping It Happen Awards 2020 have been announced, with nominations for those who have contributed to Scotland’s rural economy, enhanced the environment or supported their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now in its fourth year...

SLE supports moves to protect farm animals from dog attacks

27 Aug 2020
Press Release

Scotland needs a clear and consistent approach to tackling livestock worrying, including increased penalties, robust enforcement and more supportive education for dog owners, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses. In their written evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural...

Scottish Parliament provides short-term stability for farming

27 Aug 2020
Press Release

New legislation will provide short-term clarity for those working in the rural sector as we approach an uncertain future out of the EU, says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses. Following the passing of the Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill in the...

New protocol on land management welcomed

26 Aug 2020
Press Release

A new protocol which aims to promote good stewardship and high standards of land management across Scotland has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates today. The best practice guide has been published by the Scottish Land Commission (SLC). Scottish Land & Estates is part of the SLC Good Practice Advisory Group, which provides...

SLE gives evidence on strengthening Scotland’s environmental governance

25 Aug 2020
Press Release

Scotland’s proposed new environmental watchdog must be fully independent of government and be given the proper resources and budget it requires if we want to ensure Scotland’s world-renowned environment remains protected after Brexit says Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the organisation which represents landowners and rural businesses...