Rural services

Megginch Castle, once home to a community of apple-growing monks, will play host to weekly digital farmers’ market NeighbourFood.

RYP Ideas Cafe: The power of conversations - the journey of bringing an idea to life

The Rural Youth Project are very excited to be holding their second Ideas Café on Friday the 25th of September, starting at 2:30PM until 3:30PM, on ZOOM.

They look forward to welcoming you along to hear from two fantastic speakers, who since being inspired at last year’s 2019 Ideas Festival, have been very busy…

The Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) aimed to help rural homes and businesses get superfast broadband is now live and open to applications.

LGBTI+ Rural life during Covid19

Evidence suggests that the disproportionately high incidence of poor mental health within the LGBTI+ population living rurally is due to prejudice, isolation and minority stress. Prejudice and lack of inclusion is experienced in social life, the public sector, work life and school. Evidence shows that service provision is not meeting the needs of LGBTI+ people in rural areas in Scotland. This lack of provision leads to feelings of isolation and lack of visibility. 

Island communities will benefit from a £2 million programme of locally-led green projects designed to help support their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Scotland’s specialist rural enterprise support organisation GrowBiz has launched a comprehensive directory of the country’s rural and island businesses in a bid to support and promote the rural economy.  Rural micro-enterprises across Scotland are being encouraged to sign up to access all the benefits that the directory offers.

Integrating woodland on new entrant farms and crofts

This interactive lunchtime webinar will be hosted by Lynbreck Croft, who will share their experiences of woodland expansion and tree planting, navigating grant systems and providing practical advice.  You will also hear from Lyn White, Scottish Forestry who will outline the grants options available to support woodland expansion on new entrant farms and crofts.  Finally, the webinar will feature a virtual tour of the Glensaugh Farm Agrofores

Over the last few months, residents in Kirkfieldbank have been sharing their thoughts and ideas for the future of their community to develop a Five-Year Community-led Action Plan.

Around 23,000 low income households without proper internet access will be helped to get online with the assistance of £15 million of Scottish Government funding.