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New Woodland Creation On a Smaller Scale

30th April 2021

With both the UK and Scottish Governments’ long term goals to increase woodland and forest cover to help reach climate change targets, it comes as no surprise there are strong financial incentives out there to get trees planted. However, new woodland creation is often seen as something that has to happen on a large scale to be viable, but this is not the case.

Closing the reality gap on zero emission housing

30th April 2021

A Lawmakers are at last addressing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the battle against climate change. But as Calum Innes reports, effective change presents challenges.

Navigating Natural Capital

22nd April 2021

Natural capital is simply planet Earth: its rocks, soil, water, atmosphere, plants and animals. But it is Earth viewed from a specific perspective: its ability to generate the ‘revenue’ —oxygen, water, food, building and clothing materials, disease control — which supports human life.

AECS: Funds are available to guardians of the landscape

15th April 2021

The right kinds of project could attract funding as a restricted round opens for applications. Rachel Russell reports.

Network scheme will benefit rural businesses and home workers

08th April 2021

Providers are dialling up better coverage in a £1bn 4G revolution. Callum Woods reports.

COP26: When the world beats a path to Glasgow

01st April 2021

Scotland and the UK will grab the limelight when the 26th UN Climate Change Conference takes place in Glasgow in November. Richard Higgins considers what comes next.

Broadened horizons

01st April 2021

Progress is being made in connecting rural areas to fast broadband, reports Nick Morgan, but some obstacles are difficult to remove.

On the road to a green recovery

26th March 2021

The Government’s plan to end net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is nothing if not ambitious. Mike Reid reports.

How to see the wood from the trees...And the sheep!

10th March 2021

Understanding the drawbacks of the Sheep and Trees Initiative.

Strong Demand but Limited Supply Characterises the Lettings Sector in Scotland

05th March 2021

Scottish landlords have faced increasing pressure in recent years, as legislative changes have reduced contract flexibility and increased the rights of tenants.

Scotland v England. The pricing puzzle...

26th February 2021

The discrepancy between property prices North and South of the border has always perplexed selling agents as to why, not only houses but land appears better value for money in Scotland. This is not a new phenomenon but why is this the case?

Excellent returns on region 1 BPS entitlements before 2 April deadline

25th February 2021

Farmers have received the long-awaited  Single Application Form (SAF) reduction and exclusion letters for their 2020 claims this week. 

Movie Theatre of Dreams

24th February 2021

Peter Scott Aiton charts the project management of a cinema in the Highlands.

Oh to get back to show time!

19th February 2021

The rural and farming community has not been immune to the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and one of the many joys of life we have largely had to forego is meeting face to face.

Flight fantastic: drones speed up condition survey

15th February 2021

15th February 2021 Drone technology means the role of remote aerial inspection is growing. Nick Morgan reports. 

Smallholdings Deliver the Rural Dream

05th February 2021

The demand for smallholdings has been strong and rising across Scotland and the North of England over the past few years.

E-bikes: higher, further, faster

02nd February 2021

Robert Garrett heads for the hills – and lets the battery take some of the strain.

Co-locating generation technologies with storage will grow with the rise of renewables and the need for grid stabilisation

29th January 2021

Hugo Remnant and Philippa Orr report. 

Lockdown has brought problems for GIS, and opportunities

29th January 2021

Daniel Campanile reports.

Walled Gardens- A Labour of love and a force for good

25th January 2021

This is the second article in my walled garden series, and while the first focused on my own tea garden project at home,  as a hands-on and fairly labour intensive method of utilising the space, I wanted  to look at another option for garden owners, where the garden is commercially let out, but is maintained as a traditional walled garden.