Rural and Environment

  • This week: 24/5/19

    23rd May 2019 by

    Croft Housing Grant Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing announced £350,000 under the Croft Housing Grant award to support crofters in remote areas. Oyster Restoration Alliance conference Natural Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon spoke at the Native Oyster Restoration Alliance conference in Edinburgh this week. Delegates from 15 European countries met to develop a blueprint for reef…

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  • This week: 12/04/19

    12th April 2019 by

    LFASS payments Hill farmers and crofters operating in some of our most remote and marginalised areas will benefit from the commencement of LFASS payments worth more than £24 million. Around 11,000 eligible farmers and crofters will receive payment in coming weeks, with many having already taken the opportunity to receive up to 90% of their…

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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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  • This week: 15/03/19

    15th March 2019 by

    Pass It On Week Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive Iain Gulland visited Perth Toy Library to see how re-use benefits the local community and tackles waste. Agri-tourism monitor farms Two farms have been selected to develop their food tourism business and encourage others to follow their example. Working with other…

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  • This week: 08/03/19

    8th March 2019 by

    Women in the Rural Economy In the run up to International Women’s Day, the Scottish Government posted a series of blogs looking at the important and diverse role women play in driving and supporting Scotland’s rural economy. The series ended with a post from Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon, on her experience as a woman…

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  • This week: 22/2/19

    22nd February 2019 by

    Scotland’s International Marine Conference Scotland is leading the way in tackling marine litter, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told international delegates attending Scotland’s International Marine Conference in Glasgow this week. The First Minister announced a £175,200 campaign promoting the use of re-usable sanitary products to reduce the more than 100 billion pieces of sanitary waste disposed…

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  • Environmental Strategy analysis published

    16th February 2019 by

    By Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham In the Programme for Government, we committed to developing an Environment Strategy to help protect and enhance Scotland’s natural environment and continue our leading role in tackling global environmental challenges. I set out our plans for developing the Strategy in a discussion paper, published last summer. Thisoutlined a draft vision and…

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  • This week: 01/02/19

    1st February 2019 by

    Single use cups  Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was delighted to help launch Glasgow’s cup depository this week. “With up to 500 million single-use cups being used in Scotland every year, we all need to do our bit to make sure they don’t end up littering our streets and our seas.”  …

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  • Weekly round-up: 18/01/19

    18th January 2019 by

    Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing met with NFUS to reiterate his ‘absolute commitment’ to maintain LFASS funding at least at 80% in 2020 and to explore ways to potentially maintain the real level of support at c.100% for the next 2 scheme years.   Fergus Ewing and Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon met DEFRA reps…

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