Scottish Rural Network update: new team member, video from fisheries visit and more!

Norette Ferns, Scottish Rural Network Support Unit

In this blog, Scottish Rural Network (SRN) Support Unit website and social media officer Norette Ferns shares some of the SRN's highlights from the past couple of months.

Our team expanded at the tail end of last year, with Katharine Johnston joining us from the Crofting Commission. Katharine is our new Stakeholder Engagement and Business Officer. She'll be involved in our communications work, events and keeping us all right with the finances! 

Last year, Lorraine hosted a delegation from Sweden with Highland and Moray Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and North East FLAG. The group was interested to learn about Scottish fishing and coastal projects. You can now see more from the visit in a short video montage.

Swedish Fishermen Fisheries Local Action Group project visits from ScottishRuralNetwork on Vimeo.

In December Hannah and Alan, along with colleagues from the Scottish Government's Rural Communities team, met with partners from Scottish Rural Action to start scoping out the approach to the development of a Rural Movement (which is Programme for Government commitment). Also discussed was the work ahead to develop, design and deliver the Scottish Rural Parliament in 2020 – lots more about that in the near future. 

If you're interested in the Rural Movement, there are still a few places left at Scottish Rural Action's conference and AGM taking place in Lanark on 26 and 27 February. Go to Scottish Rural Action website to find out more and book your place

In January, Alan, Hannah, Katharine and Lorraine braved Storm Brendan and travelled to Torridon to facilitate a workshop hosted by Wester Ross Biosphere. Participants spent the day discussing all things tourism, heritage and more in Wester Ross, and what the challenges and opportunities are. Hannah said, "It was great to see so many folk engaged with some really creative ideas and contributions'. 

A survey has launched which covers the questions asked during the event. You can take part in the survey here: For more background information you can view a summary of the baseline reports consultation process here:

And finally, just before Christmas our colleague Erica from the Islands Team became a record breaker! Pending verification Erica has broken the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days to run an ultramarathon (female). She ran 50k for ten days at the Pickaquoy track in Orkney raising over £3000 for Wellbeing of Women. 

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