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New Tenant Farming Advisory Forum meet for first time

The first meeting of the new Tenant Farming Advisory Forum took place today, Tuesday 19 September 2017.

The Forum has been established by Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, to discuss issues affecting the tenant farming sector. It will be the role of the forum to advise on the priorities for the Codes of Practice issued by the TFC, priorities for the commissioning of research and investigative studies and identifying barriers to creating a thriving tenant farming sector.

The membership of the forum comprises representatives from a range of industry bodies including: Scottish Tenant Farming Association, Scottish Land & Estates, National Farmers Union Scotland, Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Agriculture Law Association and Scottish Government.

Bob McIntosh said:

“The Tenant Farming Advisory Forum is an important step for the tenant farming sector and by working together we can ensure that not only does it survive but, in the long term, also thrives.

“We had a really productive meeting today discussing a wide range of topics with a particular focus on the implications of Brexit. The forum will have a crucial role to play in looking ahead and identifying and advising on the repercussions of Brexit for the tenant farming sector.

“It is important to have a forum where all of the industry bodies can come together keeping important issues at the forefront and working to secure the future of the tenant farming sector and the vital contribution it makes to Scotland’s rural economy.”

Scottish Land Commission conference

The Vision of Land Reform 2022 and beyond.

We will be looking at the long term vision for land reform in Scotland from 2022 and beyond. With a focus on creating a fair, inclusive and productive system of land rights and responsibilities where land is an enabler of prosperity for all in Scotland.

We will also be launching our first three year Strategic Plan.

Guest speaker – Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham

Guest speaker – Laurie Macfarlane, Economics Editor at openDemocracy and co-author of the critically acclaimed book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing.

Guest speaker – Sarah Skerratt, Professor of Rural Society & Policy, Director of the Rural Policy Centre, SRUC

 

View the agenda here.

 

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

 

 

Meet & Greet – Clydebank

 

Join us at the Scottish Land Commission Meet & Greet taking place on:

 

Thursday 21 September 2017 from 7pm

Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

Meet & Greet – Ullapool

NEW DATE ADDED:

Thursday 19 October 2017 from 7pm

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

Review of agents begins

Tenant Farming Commissioner starts work on the review of the conduct of agents of landlords and tenants

 Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, has begun work on the review of agents. The review will look at the views and experiences of tenant farmers and landlords with regard to the conduct of professionals engaged by either party to act on their behalf in matters relating to agricultural holdings.

Under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the Tenant Farming Commissioner must complete the review and make recommendations to Ministers to improve the operation of agents of landlords and tenants by March 2018.

Bob McIntosh explains:

“This is our first substantial piece of research and it is important that a broad range of evidence is collected on the views and experiences of landlords and tenants regarding their satisfaction with the conduct of agents acting on their behalf.

“This research will help to get a true understanding of the current situation with regard to the operation of agents and the impact it has on relations in the sector. The findings from the completed report with be discussed with key representative bodies, who will be given the opportunity to make submissions to inform the review, before recommendations are made to Scottish Ministers.”

The Scottish Land Commission has issued a notice on Public Contracts Scotland asking for contractors to submit tenders to carry out this important piece of research. More information on the contract specifications can be found here: www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk.

Meet & Greet – Dundee

NEW DATE ADDED

Thursday 9 November 2017 from 6pm

The Steeple, Nethergate, Dundee

 

This is your opportunity to find out more about the new Scottish Land Commission, who we are and what we do.

We would also like to hear from you and what you think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

This event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

Tenant Farming Commissioner issues guidance on relinquishment of 1991 Act tenancies

 Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh, has issued a short guide to the provisions in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 for the relinquishment of 1991 Act tenancies.

The new arrangements for relinquishing tenancies were introduced by the 2016 Act with the aim of enabling tenants to realise the value in a secure tenancy when they relinquish it, in the hope that this would release more tenanting opportunities for new entrants to farming.

The guide describes the main features of the legislation, however landlords and tenants involved in relinquishment cases are advised to obtain appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances.

The guide can be found here.

More dates added to Land Commission’s series of events

The Scottish Land Commission has added more dates to its series of Meet & Greet events which are taking place across Scotland over the coming months.

Due to the success of the first Meet & Greet events held in April and May the Commission has announced the addition of three new dates to the series, with meetings to take place in Inverness, Islay and Oban.

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

“We are really encouraged by the response to the Meet & Greets so far. We have had varied audiences at the public meetings from those interested in community land ownership to tenant farming and with representation from both urban and rural communities.

“The discussions at the meetings have been really insightful and are helping the Commission to form our priorities for our three year strategic plan.

“We are keen to keep the momentum going with the additional meetings in Inverness, Islay and Oban and we hope to have even more over the coming months. This is a rolling programme of events and we would like to engage with as many people as possible.  I would urge everyone to attend a Meet & Greet in their area to find out more about who we are, what we do and importantly; how land reform can directly impact their community.”

The next Meet & Greet event is taking place at Leith Community Centre, Leith, Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June from 7pm and will be followed by:

  • NEW Tuesday 27 June, 7pm — Inverness

Scottish Land Commission, Longman House, 28 Longman Road, Inverness

  • NEW Thursday 13 July, 7pm – Islay

Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle (the Columba Centre Islay), Bowmore

  • Thursday 27 July, 7pm — Biggar

Gillespie Centre, Biggar

  • NEW Thursday 17 August, 7pm – Oban

Corran Halls, Oban

  • Thursday 21 September, 7pm — Clydebank

Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank

  • Thursday 26 October, 7pm — Dumfries

Georgetown Community Centre, Dumfries

  • Thursday 23 November, 7pm — Perthshire

Comrie Community Centre, Comrie

  • Thursday 22 February 2018, 7pm – Skye

The Fingal Centre, Portree

  • Thursday 22 March 2018, 7pm – Isle of Lewis

Bridge Community Centre, Stornoway

 

The events are free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information visit www.landcommission.gov.scot, call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot.

Scottish Land Commission appoint Hamish Trench as Chief Executive

The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has announced the appointment of Hamish Trench as their permanent Chief Executive.

Hamish will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority. He will be responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation and supporting Commissioners in fulfilling their functions.

Hamish will assume the role on 31 July 2017 taking over from the Commission’s interim Chief Executive, Hilary Pearce, who is currently seconded from Scottish Government.

Hamish said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the Scottish Land Commission. Working in such a new and exciting organisation and being part of driving land reform forward is a unique opportunity.  It is a privilege to lead the Commission at this important time and I look forward to working with Commissioners, staff and other partner organisations.”

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

“I am very pleased that Hamish is joining the Commission. He has extensive knowledge and experience in land issues, as well as enthusiasm and drive to lead the organisation forward in developing and implementing our Strategic Plan.

“I would like to thank Hilary for all of her work over the last few months in setting up the organisation and supporting Commissioners. The establishment phase of any new organisation is always tricky and Hilary has created a solid foundation for Hamish to build on.”

Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“I would like to congratulate Mr Trench on his appointment as the Chief Executive of the Scottish Land Commission. As a chartered surveyor with extensive experience in the public and private sectors, he will bring leadership and focus to land reform issues, shaping future developments and ensuring that land continues to play a major part in helping communities across Scotland realise their potential. I wish him great success with this crucial work.”

Background

Hamish Trench

Hamish Trench will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) where he is currently Director of Conservation and Visitor Experience.

Hamish joined CNPA in 2004 and has held a number of different roles including Director of Strategic Land Use and Head of Heritage and Land Management. He was also seconded from the Authority to the Deer Commission for a year taking on the role of Head of Strategy.  A Chartered Surveyor, Hamish worked for a number of years as a Land Agent at Bidwells Property Consultants.  Hamish has had several pieces of research published which look at various land matters including community ownership, farming tenure and research collaboration.

Scottish Land Commission invites Aberdeenshire residents to community event

The newly formed Scottish Land Commission has announced a series of community ‘Meet and Greet’ events and the next one is taking place in Inverurie.

 

The Scottish Land Commission, which was officially established on the 1 April 2017, is holding an informal meet and greet event to give people across Aberdeenshire the opportunity to find out more about the work of the organisation and to meet with the Chair of the Commission, Andrew Thin, and the Tenant Farming Commissioner, Bob McIntosh.

 

The event is being held at Thainstone Mart, Inverurie on Thursday 25 May from 7pm – 8.30pm.

 

Chair of the Scottish Land Commission, Andrew Thin, said:

 

“The Commissioners and I are really keen to get out and about to speak to people from across Aberdeenshire, in both urban and rural communities, to let them know more about the work of the Commission and to also find out what they think the priorities for land reform should be.

 

“This is one of a number of monthly events taking place across Scotland throughout the year from Stornoway to Dumfries, Inverurie to Clydebank and we hope to meet as many people as possible. Bob and I will be hosting the event and I would encourage everyone to attend and make the most of the opportunity to meet with us to discuss the land reform agenda.  It is important that all voices are heard and we work together to make the most of our land.”

 

The event is free and tea and coffee will be provided. For more information visit www.landcommission.gov.scot, call 0300 244 4452 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot