Rural services

Nine new projects which will improve timber transport in Scotland are to be funded by Scottish Forestry.

£800,000 has been allocated to the projects which include upgrades to existing fragile rural roads, creating passing places or building short routes to take timber traffic away from people’s homes.

A fund to help community groups across Scotland set up renewable energy generation projects has opened for applications.

The £1.5 million Community Energy Generation Growth Fund will support local communities installing wind turbines and solar panels or developing other types of renewable energy generation, such as hydro, to meet local needs. 

A case of classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed today (10 May 2024) on a farm in Ayrshire.

Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at impacted premises and cover animals which have been in contact with the case. Further investigations to identify the origin of the disease are ongoing. This is standard procedure for a confirmed case of classical BSE.

In Rural Jobs Round Up, you can find out about some current vacancies in rural and island Scotland and jobs in rural development. Any enquiries about a post should be directed to the respective organisation. 

Trail Development Manager - Association of Northern Trails Scotland

Carbon Stacking: What you need to know

There are lots of reasons for farmers to be interested in carbon markets, especially given the changing agricultural policy and push towards net zero as well as other potential benefits.

In this webinar will map out and connect the financial incentives being offered to farmers for adopting sustainable practices.  

Recruiting, Training and Retaining Staff - Monitor Farms Programme

This Monitor Farm meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 May 2024 at Charleton Fruit Farm and Arbikie Distillery. The focus of the meeting is on recruiting, training and retaining staff.

Registration is at 10.00 am at Charleton Fruit Farm with the meeting starting at 10.30 am and lunch will be provided.

Carbon Literacy for rural industries

Through Keep Scotland Beautiful partnership with SAC Consulting (part of Scotland's Rural College), we provide accredited Carbon Literacy training for the rural industries sector.

Planning a forest: Site assessment & Tree species

This introductory level module aims to provide an overview of site conditions relevant for forestry and their implications for tree species choice. Topics covered include climate conditions, an introduction to forest soils, vegetation as a fertility indicator, tree species’ requirements on site conditions and an introduction to Forest Development Types as the long-term target of forest management.

Planning a forest: Site assessment & Tree species

This introductory level module aims to provide an overview of site conditions relevant for forestry and their implications for tree species choice. Topics covered include climate conditions, an introduction to forest soils, vegetation as a fertility indicator, tree species’ requirements on site conditions and an introduction to Forest Development Types as the long-term target of forest management.

The findings of the Scottish Small Producer Access to Abattoirs Report, published this week, highlight the various challenges facing producers who require ‘private kill’ services in Scotland, and the abattoirs providing them.

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