The Scottish Government funded Self Build Loan Fund will be extended for an additional five years and will reopen in autumn 2022 following the appointment of a Fund administrator.

The Helping it Happen Awards 2022, run by Scottish Land & Estates, have announced the finalists within five of their nine categories. Each of the categories focuses on an area in which rural businesses are positively impacting Scotland’s economy and environment.

The overall focus of the Helping it Happen Awards is on recognising the role estates, farms and rural businesses play in enabling and supporting success in rural communities, rural businesses and rural landscapes.

Rewilding charity Trees for Life has finished a landmark three-year skills development project to help 15 people from diverse backgrounds pursue a career in rewilding. 

With more than 1,000 people registering their interest to take part in the ‘Skills for Rewilding’ programme across its three-year run, the pioneering project has revealed a significant demand among Scots to find practical ways to help nature and the climate. 

The South of Scotland’s largest community buyout is set to double in size having defied the odds and “achieved the impossible” for a second time in two years, following one of the most ambitious community fundraising campaigns ever seen. 

A historic agreement for 5,300 acres of land and three properties between The Langholm Initiative charity and Buccleuch will now go ahead, after the Dumfriesshire town of Langholm successfully reached its goal of £2.2m by the 31 July deadline. 

Lighting A Spark: Sharing Inspiring Stories about Land Use across Scotland

The webinars are an opportunity for people living in rural areas across Scotland to come together and share inspiring stories about land use, land use change and delivering benefits to local people as well as national priorities.

Alternative Pathways for Sustainable Agriculture – NEFERTITI Farm Demo Evt.

The Scottish NEFERTITI Hub is excited to invite young people and new entrants to farming to an in-person, on-farm demonstration event at Glensaugh Farm, near Fettercairn on Thursday 25th August 2022, 10:30-3:00pm.

Almost £5 million has been today awarded to 46 projects in Scotland to improve natural habitats, safeguard plant and animal species, improve biodiversity, and tackle climate change.

From Croft Gate to Croft Plate Event 1 – Growing Fruit and Veg in Lewis and Harris

An opportunity to see the work being done by Lewis and Harris Horticultural Producers – guided tour round the polytunnels and allotments at the Lews Castle College site, followed by a Q&A session with members of the Producers.  There will also be a presentation from Laura McEwan from Horshader Community Development who will talk about community allotments and her work with Hebridean Tree Ark, a native tree nursery .

Walking and Talking trees with Andrew Adamson of Netherurd Home Farm

On farm Andrew Adamson will introduce us to Netherurd Home Farm. Talk about how he has integrated trees into his farming business over a number of years; providing shelter for stock and crops along with an alternative income stream. He'll discuss the initial thought processes, the decision to plant trees, objectives, challenges and benefits and why he is planning to plant more trees. There will also be a speaker from Scottish Forestry joining them to discuss funding and steps to woodland creation.

Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation: online public meeting

Come along to the online public meeting to learn more about the Scottish Government's proposals for the Bill. Ms Mairi McAllan, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, and Ms Slater, the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, will be talking at the event along with Scottish Government officials.

All are welcome to ask questions, raise issues, and contribute to the discussion.