Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has announced £20,000 of funding for projects to engage young people with nature.
The Future Routes Fund aims to help young people aged 11-26 to improve their local environment, increase their knowledge and understanding of Scottish biodiversity and provide more opportunities to connect with nature.
A recent event focused on the contributions of younger islanders in renewing island life and contributing to sustainable island communities.
Fifty people from Scottish and Irish islands gathered in Grimsay, North Uist from 30 September to 4 October as part of the "Smart Islands in Scotland and Ireland: Supporting Enterprises and Young People" project, funded by LEADER in the Outer Hebrides and Ireland. The week week was hosted by local organisation CoDel (Community Development Lens) and the Scottish Islands Federation.
The first ever National Islands Plan for Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament for consideration.
The proposed National Islands Plan provides a framework for action in order to meaningfully improve outcomes for Scotland's island communities.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has launched a new land matching service for the farming industry.
The Scottish Land Matching Service will initiate discussions between new entrants to farming and landowners. The service will provide unbiased guidance and support to both parties and is aimed at tackling the issues of an ageing farming population and lack of access to land for new entrants.
Are you a young entrepreneur in rural Scotland? Want to improve your business skills?
If so, register for the Scottish Agricultural and Rural Youth Pre-Accelerator Programme Ignition event to be held on Tuesday 22 October at 10am at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston.
The Rural Youth Project has been awarded funding from five LEADER Local Action Groups across Scotland.
Support of £191,170 has been awarded by LEADER in Angus, Lanarkshire, Outer Hebrides, Rural Perth and Kinross, and the Scottish Borders.