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Welcome to our Summer Newsletter for 2018

It has without doubt been one of the longest and toughest winters in recent memory and as you look around the countryside and see grass and crops weeks behind, it has to be a worry that forage will be short and crops tough to harvest. Let us hope for a long, warm summer and good back end!

Brexit continues to dominate our political landscape with little detail or certainty emerging from any quarter. One suspects this will be the way of things for the foreseeable future. There is no doubt that the rural economy finds the current situation very difficult and, other than forestry, there are few sectors showing any real resilience.

Congratulations to SLE for making a very significant contribution to the Sporting Rates debate and securing Unoccupied Property Relief for sporting rates in certain circumstances. Let us hope that the issued Scottish Government guidance is universally adopted by all local authorities.
Bidwells’ Crown Estate Scotland team also has cause for celebration after scoring very highly in a customer satisfaction survey conducted across coastal tenants.

I do hope you enjoy our summer newsletter. We look forward to meeting up at many of the summer rural events and particularly look forward to welcoming Ruth Davidson MSP and Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party as keynote speaker at our breakfast event at the Royal Highland Show which we will host jointly with Shepherd and Wedderburn.

Enjoy the summer!

  • Coasting it - why we're making  strides in Argyll
  • Breakfast with Ruth Davidson MSP
  • Fur, feather and forestry - finding a workable solution 
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