Rural services

Scottish Festival of Real Bread returns

The festival welcomed almost 1,000 people last year and this February expects to attract even greater numbers with a line-up packed with events championing those who produce Real Bread, from soil to slice, and that cater to those who value its place on the table.


Carole Brunton and Ian Hope, who have been co-opted to the RSABI board, each bring a wealth of agricultural experience and knowledge to the charity.

Motorhomes and campervans have been an increasing sight on Scotland’s rural and island roads over the last several years.

Running village and community halls: your new handbook

Attend this Online event to learn more about the Village and Community Halls Handbook, made by SCVO and the Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) from Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS), supported by the Scottish Rural Network. 

How can we fund participatory budgeting in Scotland?

Delivered online, PB Scotland examine the benefits and challenges of funding PB in different ways. From small grants to larger mainstream budgets, we'll ask what works well at both a local and national level - and what needs to change to make things better?

Grants of up to £2,000 to support early-stage community-owned pub groups are now available to help with initial costs and feasibility work as part of the Scottish Rural Network (SRN) support for Community Wealth Building and Community Led Local Development (CLLD).

A wide-ranging plan to strengthen communities facing population decline, including funding for local-led research, initiatives, and community support has been published.

March 2024 Scottish Community Pubs Network Zoom

Plunkett is delighted to invite you to our next online networking event for Scottish community pub groups. This evening’s free get-together is open to all community groups involved in a community-owned pub project in Scotland, whether you are at the ideas stage or are already open and trading.

South of Scotland Destination Alliance Conference

The SSDA Conference is the key annual event bringing together all those involved in tourism across the South of Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders).  It is a unique opportunity to connect, network, learn and collaborate.