Welcome to the South West regional page of the Scottish Land & Estates website.
The South West region encompasses the area south of the River Clyde down to Dumfries and Galloway, covering Glasgow, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The South West region represents members of various interests and needs, which reflects the diverse range of rural businesses and activities our membership is engaged in. Our members are unique and provide economic, social and environmental benefit to the countryside.
We are pleased to let you know that Clare Sturla and Nadia Flaherty are the new regional support contacts for members in the South West region. They are working on a dedicated South West Regional Workplan that is generating activity and events in the region.
Clare hails from a farm in Devon but has a professional background in politics and event management. Clare has worked in Westminster and Brussels on multiple campaigns, however her interests are firmly rooted in rural matters and ensuring the rural voice is heard.
Nadia grew up just outside of the Angus Glens and has great rural knowledge and love of the Scottish countryside and all it has to offer. Nadia studied Sociology with her dissertation focusing on tensions concerning upper land management and the benefits of traditional sporting in rural Scottish communities.
Simon Craufurd, Chair of the South West Committee runs Craufurdland Castle and Estate, and plays an important role in representing the views and concerns of South West members.
To contact Clare Sturla please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0131 653 5400/ 07483 054 290
Follow Clare on Twitter at @ClareSturla
If you are a member of SLE, please log in and return to the regional pages to access minutes and announcements from previous regional committee meetings.
Updates from the South West
On Wednesday 13th November, 40 SLE members attended the South West regional reception at the beautiful Dumfries House.
The full programme included an update on regional activity from South West Regional Chairman, Simon Craufurd and upcoming events. Sarah-Jane Laing provided an update on the South Regional Structure that will see two regional hubs being created, one for Dumfries and Galloway and the other for the Clyde. Each hub will have it’s own part time Regional Support Officer to develop the regional workplan and deliver activity. A detailed description of the proposed regional structure will be circulated to members shortly.
David McKie Partner at Levy & McRae Solicitors LLP provided an interesting and topical presentation on ‘Sporting estates, the media and the law’ before we heard from our 2019 Helping it Happen Education award winner, Dumfries House and their Education Programme. It was a brilliant opportunity to hear in greater detail the extensive educational work that has taken place through the Prince’s Foundation at the Estate and the many positive benefits this is having on young people.
During the second half of the afternoon we heard from SLE’s Chairman, David Johnstone who provided an organisational update explaining SLE’s latest political and policy priorities. SLE’s Eleanor Kay followed on explaining SLE’s #Route 2050 publication, outlining the organisations land management priorities and ambitions.
The event concluded with an SLE panel discussion on the risks and opportunities facing our sector and how the organisation has positioned itself to ensure it is best placed to influence key decision makers and drive positive change.
We would like to thank Levy & McRae for sponsoring the regional reception and continued support.