Land

Five Land Commissioners and the Tenant Farming Commissioner have been selected for the first Scottish Land Commission.

The Commission will be based in Inverness and will be operation from April 2017.

The appointments, which are subject to Parliamentary approval, are as follows:

  • Land Commissioners - Andrew Thin, Professor David Adams, Megan MacInnes, Lorne MacLeod, Dr Sally Reynolds
  • Tenant Farming Commissioner - Dr Bob McIntosh

Scottish Ministers have selected Andrew Thin to chair the Commission.

Woodland: making it work for you. Management, woodland creation and woodfuel

A practical on-farm afternoon looking at benefits of managing farm woodlands, new plantings, business opportunities and agri environment schemes. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, how to manage existing woodland, opportunities for wood fuel production and biomass boilers. Speakers include Simon MacGillivray, Chartered Forester; Joe Fergusson, Energy Agency,  Richard Huston, Farm Business Services and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Woodland: making it work for you - Management, planting and utilisation

A practical on-farm afternoon looking at benefits of managing farm woodlands, new plantings and business opportunities. The event will include discussion on woodland creation, riparian and shelter belt planting, how to manage existing woodland and opportunities for wood fuel production. Speakers from Woodland Trust Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Jeremy Thompson, Forest Direct.

Booking is required. For further information please call Lyn on 07899 791748 or email lwhite@soilassociation.org

Building a transnational capacity-building network for common land graziers – taking the first steps

Creation of a formal capacity-building, experience-sharing, mutually-supportive and collaboration-catalysing network for graziers of common and communal land and their organisations from across Europe.

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In this article you can find out more about a survey being carried out as part of the Scottish Organic Action Plan.

Take the Stronger Scottish organic supply chains survey.

2016 Biodiversity Science Conference - Connecting People and Environment

The relationships between people and the environment are central to both driving and addressing the major current threats to biodiversity. There is growing concern that many people are becoming increasingly disconnected from their environment.

Conserving biodiversity, and sustainably managing our environment, needs an understanding of how people interact with the environment to produce the benefits that they receive and to find ways to overcome barriers to sustainably managing the land.

The Anders Wall Award for private individuals who have made a special contribution to the rural environment in the European Union is open for applications.

Anders Wall Foundation from Stockholm in association with the European Commission, Directorate General for the Environment, Brussels, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the "Friends of the Countryside", has introduced the award.

Only private enterprises can enter the competition.

Their achievements should preferably include the following elements:

Soil Health: how to revolutionise your farm’s profitability

A practical, informative meeting with Jo Scamell, Ground Level Nutrition on why soil health is crucial for optimum production of crops and livestock, how you can influence soil health to provide higher yields and healthier stock, looking at and beyond the chemical and the physical. Providing answers to your soil related questions. Free of charge to farmers and land managers and £40.00 plus VAT to others.

Soil Health: how to revolutionise your farm’s profitability

A practical, informative meeting with Jo Scamell, Ground Level Nutrition on why soil health is crucial for optimum production of crops and livestock, how you can influence soil health to provide higher yields and healthier stock, looking at and beyond the chemical and the physical. Providing answers to your soil related questions. Free of charge to farmers and land managers and £40.00 plus VAT to others.

Scottish Rural Action have revealed the winners of the national Rural Innovators Award 2015-16.

The awards recognise people, projects and organisations who are working to improve live in rural communities across Scotland. The winners have been invited to attend and present their projects to delegates attending the Scottish Rural Parliament, organised by Scottish Rural Action, in Brechin, Angus from 6 to 8 October 2016. 
 
The winners in each category are:

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