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An Update on the Five-Year Transition Towards Sustainable Ammunition

26 Feb 2021
Press Release

In 2020 the shooting sector came together to agree a voluntary move away from single-use plastic and lead shot. One year on, the organisations involved, including Scottish Land & Estates, have issued a joint update. You can read the joint update here

SLE pleased with Parliamentary progress of Livestock Attack Bill

25 Feb 2021
General News

We welcome the progress of Emma Harper MSP’s Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill passed Stage 2 in Parliament with the support of both the Scottish Government and the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. If passed at Stage 3 next month, the Bill will provide additional powers for the investigation and...

SLE welcomes Scottish Government decision to withdraw short-term lets licensing regulations

18 Feb 2021
General News

B&Bs, self-caterers and other providers of rural accommodation breathed a sigh of relief today following the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw their proposed short-term lets licensing regulations. In a letter to the Local Government and Communities Committee, the Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP acknowledged the need to provide...

New regional land use partnerships

5 Feb 2021
General News

The Scottish Government has today announced an extended pilot of Regional Land Use Partnerships (RLUPs) covering Cairngorms National Park, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, North East and South of Scotland. Previous pilot areas were in Aberdeenshire and the Borders. We are supportive in principle of Regional Land Use Partnerships...

SLE Highland Committee welcomes engagement with Cabinet Secretary

4 Feb 2021
Press Release

Saving jobs and businesses must be our shared priority for the rural Highland economy. This was the message from Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) Highland Committee members as they met with Highland MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Finance Kate Forbes. The meeting was an opportunity for SLE committee members to delve deeper into the Government...

Latest land reform discussion paper ‘not reflective’ of modern ownership and land use models

4 Feb 2021
Press Release

Following publication by the Scottish Land Commission of a new discussion paper on land reform legislative proposals, Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land businesses across Scotland, has issued this statement. Mark Tennant, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We have now had 20 years of intensive land reform legislation...

SLE appoints two new regional Chairs

2 Feb 2021
Press Release

Scottish Land & Estates (SLE), the rural business membership organisation, has appointed two new Chairs covering the South West of Scotland. Laura Warrender, from Minuntion Estate near Girvan, Ayrshire, takes up the role of Clydeside Chair. Sir David Hope-Dunbar of St Mary’s Isle Estate, Kirkcudbright, is SLE’s new Dumfries & Galloway...

Welcome measures announced in the Scottish Government budget

29 Jan 2021
Press Release

Increased support for peatland restoration and additional funding for tree planting and woodland creation were among the measures announced in the Scottish Government’s budget welcomed by SLE yesterday. The budget heeded the call of SLE and other stakeholders to support our agricultural sector, with additional support for farmers and...

NFUS and Scottish Land & Estates join call for action against flytipping

28 Jan 2021
Press Release

Small Businesses and farmers are calling for urgent action on flytipping. That was the message from NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) when they joined other stakeholders today (28 January) in a roundtable meeting with Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, to discuss how the...

Protection for mountain hare increases to full protection from 1 March 2021

27 Jan 2021
General News

The Statutory Instrument was laid in the Scottish Parliament today (27 January) to enable provisions for licensing control of mountain hares under the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020 to take effect this year. This formal procedure was anticipated and from 1 March it will be illegal to...