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Delaying energy efficiency regulations the ‘right decision’

27 Mar 2020
Press Release

The Scottish Government has announced that they have taken the decision not to introduce the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which had been due to come into force on 1 April 2020. SLE wrote an open letter to Kevin Stewart, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Local Government, Housing...

Public urged not to ride or hill walk in countryside

27 Mar 2020
Press Release

People are being urged not to horse ride, mountain bike or hill walk in the countryside to avoid putting extra pressure on the emergency services. Scottish Land & Estates, the rural business organisation, has issued the plea after its members have reported having to help people who are injured, often in remote areas, at a time when people...

Open Letter to Minister for Housing on impacts of COVID-19 on rural housing

26 Mar 2020
General News

Scottish Land & Estates has written to Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, to express concerns regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on landlords ability to fully prepare for the introduction of the Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. Letter to Mr...

Flexibility in coronavirus job retention scheme needed for rural Scotland

26 Mar 2020
Press Release

Limitations in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are one of the chief concerns of rural companies during the COVID-19 crisis, Scottish Land & Estates said today. The rural business organisation has conducted a survey of members across Scotland to find out what proactive measures are being put in place by companies - and what issues...

Land managers urged to stop muirburn during Covid-19 pandemic

25 Mar 2020
Press Release

Moorland managers and others are being urged by Scottish Land & Estates not to undertake muirburn (controlled burning of heather) during the Covid-19 pandemic, to help ensure there is no chance for any additional strain on public services. The fortnight before the end of the main muirburn season on 15 April is usually a very busy time for...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Support for Scottish Land & Estates members

16 Mar 2020
Press Release

At Scottish Land & Estates, we are continuing to monitor all information available regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19). We are acutely aware that the governmental guidance on mitigating the spread of Covid-19 is going to have some impact on Scottish Land & Estates. However, the service we provide to our members will remain the same. As of 17...

SLE welcomes budget measures to support rural economy

12 Mar 2020
Press Release

Financial support for Scotland’s food and drink industry and funding for gigabit-capable broadband has been welcomed by Scottish Land & Estates. The rural business organisation also said it was pleased tax relief on red diesel for agricultural business had been retained. Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said:...

Fact-finding visit for rural minister to Scottish estate

9 Mar 2020
General News

An East Lothian estate holding a prestigious wildlife and conservation accreditation has welcomed Scotland’s Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment to the estate to learn more about their vital work. Mairi Gougeon MSP visited the Hopes Estate in East Lothian on Wednesday 4th March where she was given a tour of the estate...

Countryside organisations welcome cartridge manufacturers commitment to the future of game shooting in the UK

29 Feb 2020
General News

Scottish Land & Estates and other countryside organisations have welcomed the announcement from the directors of the UK’s leading shotgun cartridge manufacturers to seek alternatives to lead ammunition. Their goal could not be more clear: “to develop new high performance ammunition for all shotguns and gauges using sustainable materials...

School kids hold the key to future greener homes

28 Feb 2020
Press Release

Scottish school children should be taught how their actions now can impact on climate change and the kind of homes they will live in in the future. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) has today (28 February 2020) called for more education for school kids on the important role housing plays in our lives, in response to the Scottish Government...