Rural services

A consultation has been launched that will allow planning authorities and communities to share views on the local development planning process as part of the Scottish Governments reform of the planning system. 

Scottish Rural Action (SRA) have announced that this year, the fifth Scottish Rural and Islands Parliament (SRIP) will take place from the 1st to the 3rd of November in Fort William at the Nevis Centre. This year's main theme is 'village halls and community spaces'.

Women in Agriculture Scotland Royal Highland Show Breakfast

The Women in Agriculture (WIA) Scotland Group would like to invite you to their breakfast event in the President’s Pavilion at the Royal Highland Show on Thursday 22nd June 2023 from 8.30 to 10:20, where the theme is ‘Overcoming Adversity in Agriculture’.

Come along for breakfast, have the opportunity to network with others in the agricultural industry and learn about key relevant agricultural topics.

Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands Secretary Mairi Gougeon has announced a £1 million increase to the Scottish Land Fund -  a flagship scheme that helps communities take ownership of local land and buildings.

Ms Gougeon visited Granton Community Gardeners project, a previous recipient of support from the Fund.

The Economy and Fair Work Committee want to know what you think about proposed Royal Mail service changes, and the impact of recent strikes.

Outdoor Dementia Resource Centre Open Days

Outdoor Dementia Resource Centre at Badaguish, near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park are delighted to announce a series of opens days in the coming months.

NatureScot is working with Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland to display warning messages on electronic variable message signs (VMS) in the areas of the highest risk between May 24 and June 14.

In recent decades, deer populations in Scotland have both increased in number and spread in range, particularly in urban areas and the central belt.

Virtual Island Summit

Join Islanders From Around The World To Share Ideas, Good Practices And Solutions.

Register NOW to attend the various online events taking place between 25th September  - 1st October 2023. 

Registration is free but spaces are limited, so reserve your spot NOW!  Book Here


The Road Ahead for Scottish Organics

The Road Ahead for Scottish Organics is a one-day national conference where delegates will hear from expert speakers that have a vast range of knowledge in Organic food and farming, soil, cropping, meat and milk production, plus wider views on future developments and policy frameworks.

We will hear from business owners, industry experts, and people working at the front of industry and government organisations.

Ensuring Scotland’s food security by monitoring the supply chain for possible disruption is the focus of a new dedicated Food Security Unit.

Its establishment was a key recommendation of the Short-life Food Security and Supply Taskforce, which was set up by the Scottish Government, together with industry, immediately following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.