The Perth & Kinross branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) are working closely with Breadalbane Academy’s Rural Skills pupils and teacher Mr Woodrow to bring their learning to life on a working farm.

Sandy Thomson from West Park Farm, Aberfeldy (RHET volunteer and long-standing supporter of the Rural Skills Programme) welcomed pupils to the farm for the first of their weekly visits on Tuesday 31st October. 

The Annual Implementation Report (AIR) of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) has been published.

Covering the first three years of the 2014-2020 Programme, the full report and Summary for Citizens can be viewed on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Rural Action want to find out how travel issues and costs affect young people in their work, studies and personal lives.

They also want to know if the impacts are felt equally across Scotland's rural areas or if there are particular issues in different parts of the country. Scottish Rural Action are carrying out a short online survey to gather information from 16 to 26-year-olds.

In previous results on rural transport surveys, Scottish Rural Action were told:

Adding Value to Farm Produce

New Entrants to Farming Programme's first ever 'Adding Value to Produce - an Introduction' course.

This course is for you if a shift from selling livestock and crops to selling food and drink, ready for the consumer, is buzzing around your mind in muddled thoughts. It is aimed at new entrants and young farmers with drive and enthusiasm who want to take that first step in exploring and organising these ideas.

The programme will include:

A series of workshops is about to start as part of the Farm Advisory Service's New Entrants Programme.

Scotland’s Farm Advisory Service (FAS) is part of the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) which is co-funded by the EU and Scottish Government. It provides information and resources aimed at increasing the profitability and sustainability of farms and crofts.

A mental health campaign run by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) has won the 'Farming Hero' Award at the British Farming Awards.

SAYFC's 'Are Ewe Okay' campaign was launched in May 2016. The campaign aims to target their audience of young people living in Scotland's rural communities through raising awareness of poor mental health triggers and causes, how to recognise the signs and how to seek help if you or others are suffering.

Wood Works Enterprise Taster Weekend

Are you 18-24 years old, interested in setting up a woodland enterprise or developing your crafting skills with a view to selling your hand made products?

Then why not join us for this free taster weekend to try out new skills and think business!

Young women are being invited to apply to take part in a new leadership programme.

The Young Women's Movement is creating a new leadership programme called Young Women Lead are are looking for self-identifying women aged 16-30 from across Scotland, including rural areas.

This programme will create a unique and exciting safe space to hear the voices of young women in Scotland. Young Women Lead will in part focus on increasing young women's political participation.

WoodWorks Enterprise Taster Event

There is a great opportunity coming up for young folk in Scotland, with particular emphasis on Fife, though all are welcome.  This is a chance for young people who are interested in or have made a start establishing a woodland based business to come along and find out about the support that the WoodWorks  programme could offer.  

The Young Friends of the Earth Scotland AGM will take place on Saturday 14 October at Glasgow Autonomous Space in Glasgow.