An ancient elm tree that has stood alone in Glen Affric for hundreds of years is now the guardian over a new generation of its species. Known as the Last Ent of Affric in homage to the tree-shepherds from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the tree has been chosen to help in the fight against Dutch elm disease.

Proposals to modernise how Scotland’s cattle are tagged, identified and traced is the focus of a new consultation launched today.

Cattle farmers and businesses are encouraged to give their views on plans to fit all new-born cattle with electronic ear-tags. If implemented, Bovine electronic identification (EID) can provide cattle keepers with an easier way to collect and store cattle information, leading to improvements in efficiency and safety.

Communities across Scotland have been recognised at the Scottish Government’s relaunched Scottish Planning Innovation Awards (SPIA).

The overall winner was Planning Aid Scotland Live Life Morvern initiative, a community plan of action which pulls together local resources and ideas to build a sustainable future for the area.

The Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) would like to hear from academics working in natural capital finance to support future work in the Scottish Parliament. 

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March 2024 Scottish Community Pubs Network Zoom

Plunkett is delighted to invite you to our next online networking event for Scottish community pub groups. This evening’s free get-together is open to all community groups involved in a community-owned pub project in Scotland, whether you are at the ideas stage or are already open and trading.

Delivering capital projects from Scottish islands

DTAS regularly hears from their members in Scottish islands about the challenges they face with capital projects – whether that’s building a new facility or renovating an existing one, there are unique challenges for island communities that make delivering these projects more complex, challenging and expensive than on the mainland.

Moray CAN - Climate Action Network Meeting

Moray's new Climate Action Network, Moray CAN, is dedicated to helping local communities mobilise their efforts to take climate action.

Community Ownership Electric Roadshow

This winter, as Community Land Scotland celebrate 100 Years of Community Ownership, they will be packing up their campervan, stocking up on cakes and coffee, and visiting communities across the Northeast of Scotland and Tayside to share inspiring stories of community ownership. Over the course of one week in February, they will meet with groups in Angus, Stirling, Dundee, and Aberdeen.



Following the success of last year's inaugural Gathering in Kingussie, SCOTO look forward to welcoming you to their next national gathering on Thursday 29 February, at the Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club and on Friday 1 March, for learning exchanges in and around Dumfries. Get ready for two days filled with inspiration, networking, and learning opportunities, all focused on 'pressing pause' and recalibrating tourism in Scotland to deliver for our communities and environment first.