Rural and Environment

  • This week: 19/04/19

    18th April 2019 by

    Food Waste Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham welcomed the launch of Zero Waste Scotland’s Food Waste campaign. Watch our advert on food waste Animal licensing Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon welcomed the consultation analysis responses on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland. Read more about...

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  • In the news – Severe weather impact

    11th April 2019 by

    You may have seen the WWF report on the Economic Impact of Extreme Weather on Scottish Agriculture in the papers today. The report suggests that Scottish farmers lost up to £161 million due to the Beast from the East last year.

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  • This week: 05/04/19

    5th April 2019 by

    Littering from vehicles Tougher action on littering from vehicles is to be introduced as part of a future Circular Economy Bill, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced. With 1,300 bags – nearly 7 tonnes – of rubbish gathered from the sides of the M8 and M9 alone each month, action will be taken as soon...

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  • This week: 29/3/19

    29th March 2019 by

    South of Scotland Enterprise debate Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing led the debate in parliament, the aim of which was to agree to the general principles of the South of Scotland Enterprise Bill. South of Scotland Enterprise has been established to take a fresh approach to the enterprise and skills needs of the South and drive inclusive...

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  • Brexit impact on Scotland’s rural economy

    13th March 2019 by

    For the whole of the Scottish Parliament’s lifetime, the rural economy has benefitted from our membership of the EU. Yet, with only 17 days from potentially leaving the EU, we still do not know if we leave with a deal or not. When and if we leave the EU, it is clear that whatever deal...

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 13

    11th March 2019 by

    When the place of birth on your birth certificate is recorded as The New Forest, it’s maybe a sign of what is to come. Claire Glaister, FICFor, forestry consultant, member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters’ Professional on what its like to work in the rural economy.

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 12

    10th March 2019 by

    Sometimes the lure of the rural economy is too much. Rebecca Dawes, Director at the Rural Youth Project is the latest woman to provide an insight into the diverse and important role women play in Scotland's rural economy as part of our series of blogs to mark International Women's Day. I have a confession – ever since my early teens I have wanted to be Tom Cruise!! I want to sore through the skies in a fighter jet, doing twists and turns as he did in the film Top Gun. What I didn’t want to be was a women working…

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 11

    8th March 2019 by

    As we continue to celebrate International Women's Day, LANTRA Scotland's Director Dr Liz Barron-Majerik blogs on her career and experience of Scotland's Rural Economy. A ‘princess-ballerina-firefighter-scientist’. That’s what my five-year-old wants to be when she grows up. When I was her age, I wanted to be “Long Distance Clara” from Pigeon Street, probably because she got to drive a lorry and wear trousers.

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 10

    8th March 2019 by

    To mark International Women's Day, Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon blogs about her experience of being a women in politics and the rural economy. I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by strong-minded and politically active women in my family, so discussion (or ever so slightly heated debate!) was common at home. I went through school and university quite confident, not ever considering that my gender was an issue, I suppose that only really hit me when I was elected as a councillor for the first time during my last year of university.

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  • Women in the Rural Economy: Part 9

    7th March 2019 by

    Ailsa Campbell of Campbell's Bakery in Crieff is the latest to provide an insight into the diverse and important role women play in Scotland's rural economy as part of our series of blogs to mark International Women's Day tomorrow. Having grown up in Vancouver Canada I never imagined I would end up living in the middle of Scotland running a 190 year old bakery with my husband! In 1970 when I was a baby my family emigrated to Vancouver from the UK. On June 1st 2000 I arrived back in Scotland to start a new life with Iain Campbell a…

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