Posts Categorized: Agriculture

Spotlight On… Laura Boswell – Agricultural and Rural Property Law

SPOTLIGHT ON… Laura Boswell Associate Area of Expertise: Agricultural and Rural Property Law. “Being both a farmer’s daughter and farmer’s wife, agriculture is not only my chosen career but part of who I am”. The firm strengthened the support it provides in the rural sector with the appointment in 2013 of Laura Boswell as… Read more »

Wind Farm Controversy: Judicial Review of the Stonelairg Wind Farm

On 6th June 2014, the Scottish Minister for Energy, Fergus Ewing, made a decision to grant permission for a 67-turbine wind farm in the Monadhliath Mountains in the Highlands. The Stonelairg wind farm would be the largest single industrial energy development in the region. Since then, however, an environmental trust has launched a judicial review… Read more »

Tenant Farming Report Published

The Scottish Government has recently published a report that sets out what are thought to be key barriers to the existence of a vibrant and thriving tenant farming sector in Scotland. The report was produced by the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group, led by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, which has spent six months investigating… Read more »

New Funding for Scotland’s Farm Climate Scheme

The Scottish Government has recently announced additional funding for a scheme that helps Scottish farmers develop climate friendly farming methods. The Farming for a Better Climate programme, which aims to help farmers save money as well as reduce their carbon footprint, is to receive a further £100,000 in funding. The programme was originally launched in… Read more »

Figures Reveal Rise in Agricultural Rent Prices

Recent figures from Scotland’s Chief Statistician have revealed a 13% rise in the average cost of renting agricultural land from 2012 to 2013. The latest figures on Tenanted Agricultural Land in Scotland show that average rent for land was £38 per hectare in 2013, compared to £33 per hectare the previous year. Average rent for… Read more »