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SLE member engagement boosted by Regional Officer return

16 Nov 2018
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates’ engagement with members has been further strengthened by the reappointment of one of the organisation’s previous regional officers. Scott Petrie, who worked for SLE as North East & Central Regional Manager between 2010 and 2014, has returned to support the Central region for the rural business body. He joins a...

Transparency of land ownership supported but complex regulations raise concern

14 Nov 2018
Press Release

Transparency of land ownership is important to both rural and urban Scotland – but new regulations around transparency and setting up a new Register need to be proportionate and easily understood. Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) made the comments in their submission to a Scottish Government consultation examining draft regulations on...

Countryside organisations support official review of grouse moor management

5 Nov 2018
Press Release

Countryside and wildlife organisations today appealed for the Scottish Government-led review into grouse moor management to be allowed to take its course in the interests of rural Scotland. The British Association of Shooting and Conservation, The Scottish Countryside Alliance, Scottish Land & Estates and the Scottish Association of...

SLE statement on Hen Harriers

5 Nov 2018
Press Release

A spokesperson for SLE said: “Anyone with information on the location of these hen harriers should contact Police Scotland as soon as possible. “Neither Scottish Land & Estates, nor its members, were aware of these cases until the distribution of a press release. “Where a satellite tag stops transmitting, we cannot instantly conclude that...

Two new staff members join SLE’s policy department

2 Nov 2018
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates has further enhanced its policy expertise with the appointment of two new staff members. Rebekah Strong joins the organisation in the newly created role of Environment Assistant whilst Emma Steel starts work at SLE as a Policy Assistant to support the team in political, stakeholder and member engagement. The new...

Land managers share discussion and expertise on Scottish rural policy issues

26 Oct 2018
Press Release

Policy issues key to the prosperity and development of business in rural Scotland have been discussed at an event for land managers organised by Scottish Land & Estates. Jointly sponsored by Savills and Brodies, more than 75 rural professionals attended Perth Racecourse to examine issues including land reform, rural planning, agricultural...

SLE raises tenancy concerns with Scottish Land Commission

19 Oct 2018
Press Release

SLE has today written to the Scottish Land Commission to raise concerns about recent comments regarding agricultural fixed-term tenancies. The letter follows comments this week by SLC chairman Andrew Thin with regards to a five-year Short Limited Duration Tenancies (SLDT) entered into by Buccleuch which concluded in February 2018. Mr Thin...

Helping it Happen Awards celebrates the best of rural Scotland

4 Oct 2018
Press Release

Last night saw more than 200 business owners and industry leaders from across the rural sector join together at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh for an inspiring evening celebrating rural success at the second annual Helping It Happen Awards. The sell-out event, hosted by member organisation Scottish Land & Estates and sponsored by The...

Bird of prey persecution at an all-time low

25 Sep 2018
Press Release

Following publication today of the RSPB ‘Birdcrime’ report, Scottish Land & Estates – whose membership includes sporting estates across Scotland – issued the following statement. David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “There has been a tremendous amount of progress made in tackling raptor persecution, which is totally...

Sporting estates salute work to help Hen Harriers

14 Sep 2018
Press Release

Following publication today (Friday September 14) of updated data on Heads Up For Harriers, a Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW) Scotland project, led by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Land & Estates - which represents some of the participating estates - issued the following statement: “As project...