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Rural Life

Supporting Rural Communities and Businesses

The Scottish Countryside Alliance believes that all rural communities deserve vibrant local schools, busy community owned village halls, and new and growing business resources and services. We believe that Scotland’s communities can form a wealth of opportunity from the development of our vast natural resources and by fully exploiting the new opportunities that are emerging from the sustainable management of our environment, whether that is a growing forest estate or the expansion of local biomass energy generation from food or farm waste, create sustainable lifestyles for all ages within our rural landscape.
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Shooting

Supporting Shooting

Shooting does not face an outright ban – yet. However, we should never forget that shooting faces regular threats whether through restrictions on the guns we use, the ammunition we fire, the birds we rear, the land we use or our very presence in the countryside we love.
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Hunting

Supporting Hunting

The Scottish hunting community are rightly proud of their achievements. Having come through an all-encompassing campaign fighting to save the sport and in many cases livelihoods, they emerged from the fight on February 13, 2002, blooded but unbeaten. Ten years later, we must recognise and commend the resilience of hunting folk – the fact that we still have a form of fox hunting in Scotland is testament to the determination of the people involved.
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Promoting
Angling

Economics benefits to rural Scotland

There has long been a perception that angling for game and coarse fish is important to the Scottish economy. In August 2001 a report entitled Scotland’s Freshwater Fish and Fisheries: Securing their Future, gave an in-depth economic analysis of the sector. reporting that angling is valuable to Scotland, and particularly to rural Scotland.
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Start Up Champions Colstoun Cookery School

And the Rural Oscar goes to.........

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Our Scottish Champions, have redefined the traditional take on cookery schools. The warm farmhouse kitchen and wide variety of game and local produce prevails but gone are the floral tabards and the Rosie cheeked damsels; more two young men than two fats ladies… 

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And the Village Shop or Post Office Rural Oscar goes to.........

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Scottish Champion Village Shop-Post Office winners Gargunnock Village Store showed a great desire to breathe life back into a community that had all but given up on itself. 

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Carol Begg Perthshire Gundog Resuce

SCA Rural Hero is for 2013 is.......

Thursday, 6 March 2014

If you chose to google hero you will read a variety of definitions but in essence a hero (masculine) or (feminine) refers to characters who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism—

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Funding package to promote Scottish seafood

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

THE Scottish Government today announced a £700,000 funding package to promote Scottish seafood as a premium quality product.

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Rural Oscars winners for Scotland in 2013

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Scotland’s Champions in the 2013 Countryside Alliance Rural Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) were announced at a Holyrood reception on 4th March. Tavish Scott MSP handed out the coveted awards to four inspiring Scottish businesses. Scotland’s winners will now go forward to the grand final, which will be held at the Houses of Parliament in April 2014, attended by supportive Parliamentarians and media. At this final, the overall Champions, one in each category, will be declared.
Scottish Countryside Alliance Director Jamie Stewart announced the winners as follows:

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Gavin Grant leaves RSPCA with immediate effect

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Gavin Grant, the embattled chief executive of the RSPCA has left his post.
The charity said he had left with "immediate effect" because of concerns with his health.
His short tenure was marked by crisis including the organisation facing questions from the Charity Commission over whether the RSPCA's prosecutions had become "political."
There was also concern after he suggested farmers involved in the badger cull should be named and shamed.
 
A leaked internal memo revealed last year that trustees feared donations and legacies could be affected because of its stance.

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Fibre

Superfast broadband boost for the Scottish countryside is announced

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

The Government estimates that fast broadband will create 56,000 more jobs in the UK by 2024. We want to ensure that as many of these positions can be filled by people living in rural areas as is possible.

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