The key role of estates

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Scottish Sporting Gazette

Scottish Land & Estates have launched ?Helping it Happen? ? a campaign to highlight how landowners on estates and farms across Scotland can play a key role in delivering benefit to rural Scotland by enabling local communities and businesses across a range of sectors. These include tourism and leisure, food and drink, energy, agriculture, housing and the environment.

?People who have the interests of rural Scotland at heart know that the best way to achieve vibrant and successful communities is to work together towards common goals,? said chairman David Johnstone.

?Landowners and estates are often stereotyped as detached and remote from communities and it is important that we strive to change that perception and show what can be achieved.

?There are already many instances of this taking place but so much more can be done that will result in wider benefit to communities, businesses and individual people. We want to make it clear that we are people who you can work with and achieve things together.

?With the launch of this campaign we hope to highlight the variety of areas where estate businesses are making a positive difference and also, of course, where more can be achieved. By sharing these examples we aim to generate ideas for other businesses and communities.

?It is also important for us to show how we are in the business of helping deliver national and local government policy and a wide range of public benefits on the ground.

?This is a very clear message to communities, businesses and individuals. We are here to help and play an active part in making rural Scotland a better place,? David concluded.

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