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Highland map initiative aims to create a road to somewhere

Having created the hugely successful North Coast 500 tourist route, the North Highlands Initiative’s (NHI) next act is to encourage community projects that will build on the increased numbers of visitors and interest in the area. The Scottish Land Commission has supported the task by funding an internship. Sam MacKinnon,…

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Fundamental rethink needed for Scotland’s approach to land development

The Scottish Land Commission is calling for a “fundamental rethink” of Scotland’s speculative and market-driven approach to identifying and allocating land for development. As the Government’s Planning Bill reaches stage 3, the land reform body advises that a more collaborative approach to development, in which the public and private sectors…

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Scottish Land Commission invites Peebles residents to community event

The Scottish Land Commission is continuing its calendar of public meetings with the next taking place in Peebles. The Scottish Land Commission is holding an informal public meeting to give residents of Peebles the opportunity to find out more about how their community can benefit from land reform. The event…

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Scottish Land Commission invites Bute residents to community event

The Scottish Land Commission are heading to the Isle of Bute to continue its calendar of public meeting's. The Scottish Land Commission is holding an informal public meeting to give residents on the Isle of Bute the opportunity to find out more about how their community can benefit from land…

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Tenant Farming Commissioner publishes Conduct of Agents Guide

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, has today published a Guide to the Professional Conduct of Agents and How to make a Complaint. The guide is to help landlords and tenants to understand what standards of conduct they should expect from a professional agent, and the actions that they…

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Land owner survey looks at community engagement

The Scottish Land Commission is opening a survey to look at how community engagement in decisions relating to land is currently undertaken in Scotland and wanting to hear from anyone with control over the way land is used or managed. The Land Commission is supporting  land owners, land managers and…

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Agreement reached over Borders tenant farmer

The Scottish Tenant Farming Commissioner announced today that a solution had been found to enable a tenant farmer to remain on a farm he rented from Buccleuch Estates. David and Alison Telfer occupy Cleuchfoot Farm on Buccleuch’s Borders Estate on a short-limited duration tenancy. The estate had granted a new…

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Highland student receives Scottish Land Commission award

A Highland student has just received a £1,000 award to further her research into ownership and management of rural land. Awarded by the Scottish Land Commission, through the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the award will allow Alison Martin to attend a conference in London later this year…

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Scottish Land Commission invites Edinburgh residents to community event

The Scottish Land Commission is continuing its calendar of public meetings with the next taking place in Edinburgh. The Scottish Land Commission is holding an informal public meeting to give people from Edinburgh the opportunity to find out more about how their community can benefit from land reform. The event…

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Tenant Farming Commissioner publishes Tree Planting Guide

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, has today published a Guide to Tree Planting on Tenanted Agricultural Holdings. The guide provides information for landlords and tenants who might be considering planting trees on tenanted agricultural holdings. With the current economic uncertainty surrounding agriculture, and increased pressure on business margins,…

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Addressing Scotland’s pattern of land ownership can unlock economic and community opportunities

A new report published today (Wednesday 20 March 2019) finds that concentrated land ownership is having significant impacts on communities across rural Scotland. The Scottish Land Commission report, titled Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland.  It is published alongside a set of…

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Tenant Farming Commissioner issues Agricultural Leases Code of Practice

Scotland’s Tenant Farming Commissioner (TFC), Bob McIntosh, has issued a Code of Practice for Agreeing and Managing Agricultural Leases which is to be followed by landowners, tenant farmers and land agents. The Code of Practice for Agreeing and Managing Agricultural Leases is the sixth to be published by the Commissioner…

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