Rural services

Links between north and south communities on the Isle of Kerrera, near Oban, will be strengthened with the upgrade of a connecting track which will make it easier to travel across the island.

Work to bring superfast broadband to the North of Scotland, including some of the most remote rural and island communities, will start in the New Year.

David Leggat MBE has recently been appointed as the new Chair of the charity RSABI.

Mr Leggat, formerly Vice-Chair of the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, has taken on the role following the retirement of Ewan Pate last month.

A beautifully restored Massey Ferguson 135 auctioned to raise funds for the charity RSABI has sold for £11,800.

The successful bidder was Brian Mitchell from Brechin, Angus, who was born and raised on a Perthshire farm. Mr Mitchell is a committee member of the Angus Agricultural Association and runs the vintage vehicle section of the Angus Show.

New measures to increase the maximum available penalties for the worst cases of animal cruelty have come in to force.

Taking effect from 30 November, the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act 2020 increases the maximum penalty for the most serious animal welfare and wildlife crimes to five years imprisonment and unlimited fines.

Introduction to Seed Saving in Scotland Online Course

Seed production training courses for 2021 - enroll now –

With the Seed Sov programme planning for another 3 years, an ambitious seed training programme will be rolled out in Scotland over two years. These courses aim to train seed savers in Scotland to a professional level. The focus is primarilly on vegetable seeds and specifically for Scottish growing conditions.

Find out about some current rural development jobs and vacancies in rural areas.

Finance and Operations Manager - Future Woodlands Scotland 

A consultation, seeking the views of those who travel to, from, in and around Abington, Douglas, Leadhills and Wanlockhead, is taking place as part of an ambitious feasibility study to improve active travel infrastructure in those areas.

The Scottish Government have released an evaluation report into the Scottish Rural Network (SRN), part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which delivers Pillar 2 of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and is funded by the European Commission and the Scottish Government.

A completely restored vintage tractor is set to be auctioned later this month to raise funds for RSABI – the charity supporting people in Scottish agriculture.