Kinneil Coastal Rangers
Name of organisation/business: 
The Conservation Volunteers
£298,241 - Coastal Communities Fund

The 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament will take place in Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway on 14th– 16th November. If you live in or are passionate about rural areas in Scotland, you can attend to learn and make your voice heard. This year's theme is "Taking Action".

The event brings together people from rural communities with decision-makers, for three days of celebration and exploration. Participants examine a wide-range of issues affecting rural communities and make recommendations for change.

The Next Generation

Research indicates 90% of family wealth is lost within two generations. Successful succession doesn’t just happen, and for many families passing on a viable business to the next generation may be one of the biggest challenges they face.

Experts from Savills and Farrer & Co will outline the options and opportunities to be considered when transferring or taking over a family business, farm or estate.

The following issues will be covered:

Crown Estate Scotland, which manages 37,000 hectares of rural land on behalf of Scottish Ministers, is investing £4.5 million over two years in a range of activity on its four rural estates, including new buildings and infrastructure.

The investment will support tenants in their day-to-day operations and will also benefit the wider rural economy in those areas. Some of the works will support tenants in developing and diversifying their businesses, many of whom are situated in remote rural locations.

Following a flood of entries at the Royal Highland show and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Game Fair, Scottish Land and Estates (SLE) has extended the entry deadline for its Helping it Happen awards until 20th July.

Community Land Scotland (CLS) was established in 2010 as a response to the need for a collective voice for community landowners in Scotland - There are currently  90 members, of which 55 are community landowners owning and managing approximately 500,000 acres between them and 35 are working towards owning land.

A new service has launched today, Friday 9 February 2018, to provide farmers, foresters and crofters in Scotland with a collaborative way to explore their business ideas.

The Rural Innovation Support Service is part of the Scottish Rural Network and is being led by Soil Association Scotland.

EUROPARC Conference 2018 - Registration now open

The theme for this event will be ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ will focus on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations. Matching the ‘Year of Young People’ designated in Scotland for 2018, the conference will call for young people to be more involved in decision making, volunteering, working and living in Parks.

Improving Public Access - Sharing Good Practice to Improve our Paths

Join Paths for All for a half-day to learn about the SRDP 'Improving Public Access' (IPA) grant scheme and to visit an IPA funded project.

Cost: £40 per person. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival and a buffet lunch is included at approx1.30pm

The 2018 application window for the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) is now open.

The scheme supports environmentally-friendly land management practices that aim to safeguard and improve Scotland’s natural heritage and help businesses adapt to climate change.

The AECS 2018 application window opened today (17 January) and will run for 12 weeks until 13 April 2018. The deadline for applications for collaborative projects which involve five or more businesses is 31 May 2018.