Rural services


World wetlands day on 2nd February. 

Wetlands are areas which are either permanently or seasonally flooded, they can be coastal, inland, or manmade and support many different species all around the world.  This can include ponds, lagoons, mangroves, salt pans, lakes, rivers and also peatlands.

Stirling Women in Agriculture Group: Data Sleuths

Whether its farm accounts or livestock records there is mountains of information routinely kept on a farm which given the right knowledge can reveal a lot about your business. This meeting seeks to give handy hints and tips in order to help you use your information to your advantage.

We will also cover some of the top record keeping mistakes and provide tips to help keep you on the right side of the law!


RHET Live presents talk to a farmer week!

Over the course of the week RHET and partners will have a host of different farmers from across the country on hand to talk to your class about how different foods are produced. This year the focus is on farmers producing seeds and grains. Sessions include robotic dairy farming, finding out more about farming and the environment, working as a vet and highland cattle. 


The Love Your Network grant will close to new applications on 6th February 2023.

The grant is funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Sustrans Scotland and supports community groups to improve their local, traffic-free section of the National Cycle Network by providing equipment and training.

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) are leading the development and establishment of the National Centre for Remote and Rural Health and Social Care on behalf of the Scottish Government with a proposed launch date of spring 2023 (read more about the National Centre here). 

Pragmatic approach to support hosts during cost of living crisis.

Recognising the pressures short-term lets hosts face at this time, legislation has been laid to extend the deadline for applying for a licence by six months to 1 October 2023.

An agreement to invest £100 million in the future economic prosperity of Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides was signed today (20th January) in Orkney by UK and Scottish Government Ministers and the Council Leaders of the three island groups.

A total of 680 rural businesses with projects that protect the environment and mitigate the impacts of climate change will share more than £14 million this year from the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS).

Regeneration projects in disadvantaged and rural communities across Scotland will receive a share of almost £27 million funding.

A  “cutting edge” study published today has put an economic value on Scotland’s woodlands in helping to prevent flooding.

It estimates that the capacity of woodlands to store water and slow down run-off to downstream communities after heavy rain, is worth almost £100 million a year in Scotland.

With the prospect of wetter winters due to the effects of climate change, and more intense rainfall in summer, the ability of trees to reduce flood risk is becoming increasingly important.