Rural Policy

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the Group is to inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland.

Forthcoming meetings

5 June 2018 at 6pm: Technology and rural communities

Next meeting: 06 March 2018

This meeting will be held at 6pm. The topic for the meeting will be Policing in rural Scotland


Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Barbara Kelly

Pat Neeson

Vanessa Halhead

Norman MacAskill

Roger Turner

Drew Ratter


SRUC/SAC Consulting - secretary

Aberdeen University

Angus Council

Archaeology Scotland

Argyll and Bute Council

Arthouse Galleries


BIG Lottery

Borders Foundation for Rural Sustainability

British Association of Landscape Industries

Buccleuch Estates

Built Environment Forum Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Carnegie UK Trust

CADISPA, Community Land Scotland

North Highland Initiative

RSA Fellows Scotland

Citizens Advice Scotland

Crichton Carbon Centre

Crichton Institute

Crofting Connections

Crown Estate Scotland

DCM Heritage

Community Transport Association

Dormont Estate

Dumfries and Galloway LEADER

Forestry Commission Scotland

Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER

Federation of Small Businesses

Glasgow Caledonian University

Here We Are Project

Heriot Watt University

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Historic Scotland

James Hutton Institute

John Muir Trust

Keep Scotland Beautiful

RSPB Scotland

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Marine Scotland

National Trust for Scotland

Newington Communications


PAS (formerly Planning Aid Scotland)

Newcastle University


Rural & Islands Housing Associations Forum


Scottish Association of Young Farmers

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Churches Rural Group

Scottish Countryside Alliance

Scottish Crofting Federation

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Land and Estates

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Rural Action

Scottish Youth Parliament


Skills Development Scotland

Southern Uplands Partnership

University of Stirling

University of the Highlands and Islands

The Crown Estate

The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

The James Hutton Institute

The Stove Network


University of Edinburgh

University of West of Scotland

Upper Quartile

Urban Animation

Whitehill Design Studios

Whitmuir Community Farm Ltd

Woodland Trust Scotland


Get involved

Next meeting:
06 March 2018




Graeme Dey MSP 

John Scott MSP 

Colin Smyth MSP 

Mark Ruskell MSP

Scottish Parliament