Rural services

The Helping it Happen Awards 2022, run by Scottish Land & Estates, have announced the finalists within the remaining four of their nine categories. Each of these categories focuses on rural businesses and how these businesses interact with their local communities and with visitors – highlighting how rural areas are underpinned by the business operating within them.

This week sees the release of the latest edition of the OnFarm podcast supported by the Scottish Rural Network.

In the first of a two part special Lewis crofter and presenter of BBC Alba's An Lot (The Croft) Domhnall Macsween - known to most as 'Sweeny' - takes OnFARM producer Dave Howard on a tour of his community of Ness, on the island’s most northerly tip.

This is the first of two episodes featuring Sweeny and it’s a great listen. 

Scotland has become the first country in the world to protect in law the right to access free period products.

A £970,000 fund designed to support projects and ideas to benefit the environment and local communities has opened for its third round of applications. 

Crown Estate Scotland’s Sustainable Communities Fund, which started in 2020, has already delivered around £620,000 in valuable support to people across the country. It consists of two grant programmes: 

Are you interested in how local land is used? Would you like to engage in local land use discussions and pave the way for new ideas? 

Planning for an Ageing Population - East Lothian

This event will look to explore views and thoughts on how future models of care for older people might look and how your community will be involved in those models of support.

We are redesigning our current website and we need your help!

Take part in a 5-minute anonymous survey to help us understand how we can create a platform best suited to your needs. Your responses will play a significant role in how our website connects rural Scotland with information and opportunities.

Land Reform in a Net Zero Nation: online public meeting

Come along to the online public meeting to learn more about the Scottish Government's proposals for the Bill. Ms Mairi McAllan, the Minister for Environment and Land Reform, and Ms Slater, the Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, will be talking at the event along with Scottish Government officials.

All are welcome to ask questions, raise issues, and contribute to the discussion.