Views are being sought on proposals for the sustainable use of bioenergy, including growing crops which can be converted into electricity, heat and fuels.

Bioenergy is already a key component of Scotland’s energy system and is produced by using organic material from trees, plants and food waste as a greener source to replace fossil fuels.

Sustaining Rural Architecture

Rural Scotland is a charged landscape, alive with history and doused in myth. For city dwellers the countryside is a retreat for refuge and decompression, but it is also a place where infrastructures strain to reach and in which livings must be made.

The countryside is resistant to easy explanation and is thus vulnerable to stereotyping. How do we make meaningful work that responds to landscape and cultures that are diverse and sometimes perplexing, and what does this mean for the profession of architecture?

About Professor John Brennan

Creating Woodlands – learning from the experinces of others

If your community woodland group is wondering how to create a new woodland, this is the virtual session for you. Join us to hear how two woodland groups created their own new woodlands, and the processes they went through to get there. 

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New land reform legislation will aim to change how land is owned and managed in our rural and island communities for the better.

The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, introduced to Parliament today (14 March 2024), includes measures that will apply to large landholdings of over 1,000 hectares, prohibiting sales in certain cases until Ministers can consider the impact on the local community. This could lead to some landholdings being lotted into smaller parts if that may help local communities.

Owners or long-term tenants of land or property may need to submit an entry to a new register designed to provide clarity over who controls land in Scotland.

Launched on 1 April 2022, the Register of Persons Holding a Controlled Interest in Land (RCI) exists to improve transparency about those who ultimately make decisions about the management or use of land, even if they are not necessarily registered as the owner.

Own Yersel Scotland: Reimagining the future

This year’s conference – Own Yersel Scotland: Reimagining the future – invites participants to imagine the future they want to see for community landownership and land reform in Scotland.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust recently launched a short campaign to recruit new Trustees to join their Board.

Which Trees For Homes?

In “Which Trees For Homes?” SEDA will investigate the long-term effects of land-use decisions on climate change and the timber chain, particularly in relation to affordable homes. This event will involve scientists, landowners, foresters, distributors and housebuilders.

Work to plant woodland and restore peatlands in Scotland has begun as part of a project to capture the University of Edinburgh’s carbon emissions. 

A review of Community Rights to Buy will begin this summer to look at how effective the current powers are.

Community Right to Buy has now been in use for 20 years. During that time, there have been several additions and amendments to the original rights in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and various reports and recommendations on how to improve and amend them further.