Farmers are well known for hard work and dedication to their stock - but one thing that has now become apparent is how dedicated they should also be to their mental health.  With long hours of work on a daily basis, alot of this being lone working and huge financial strain in such difficult times farmers are faced with a huge mental health struggle.

A route map and list of draft measures has been published by The Scottish Government which provides further clarity on how they intend to deliver the ambitions set out in the Vision for Agriculture, published in March 2022.

Projects returning former industrial or derelict sites to community use will be more likely to be approved following the introduction of long term planning reforms.

Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon has announced a new payment scheme for farmers and crofters to improve the health and welfare of sheep and cattle, ahead of an address to the National Farmers Union Scotland annual general meeting.

A report from the Scottish Government's Agricultural Policy Division - 'Reducing emissions from agriculture – the role of new farm technologies' - was published this week (6 February 2023). 

Restoring and Running Historic Buildings

Taking on a historic or heritage building is a great achievement for community groups and can provide huge benefits and opportunities to the local community.

NatureScot will hold the first Nature Restoration Jobs and Skills Conference on the 13th March, giving prime opportunity for delegates to hear from a range of speakers on Scotland’s ambition for nature restoration.

This workshop is aimed at managers and multipliers from all over the world who hold positions of responsibility in the field of youth work or vocational training in rural and island areas. 

Nature Restoration Jobs and Skills Online Conference

Join Nature Scot to learn more about Scotland’s ambition for nature restoration, the skills we need to meet that ambition and what the Scottish Government and its partners are doing to support the development of a skilled, inclusive workforce for nature restoration.

Fine Tune Your Social Enterprise for Start Ups

Just Enterprise’s Fine Tune events offer an opportunity for early stage social enterprises to access expert business and technical support in one day. They are also a brilliant way to get inspired and connect with other social entrepreneurs.

This next Fine Tune session will have a fantastic line up of speakers and panellists ready to share their knowledge and experience with participants.