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Welcoming the Contribution of Rural Estates to Scotland’s Wellbeing Economy

  • Submitted by: Finlay Carson, Galloway and West Dumfries, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 30 October 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-11029
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, 07 November 2023

That the Parliament welcomes the report, The Contribution of Rural Estates to Scotland’s Wellbeing Economy, by Scottish Land and Estates, which was published in February 2023; believes that this report, for which the research was carried out by BiGGAR Economics Ltd and Scottish Land and Estates, is an innovative example of a whole sector measuring its outputs against Scotland’s National Performance Framework’s National Outcomes, rather than just through traditional economic metrics; considers that the report describes and quantifies how rural estates drive local economic development through agriculture, forestry, tourism, sporting, recreation and renewable energy generation, act as stewards of the natural environment, protect and enhance biodiversity, support the transition to net zero, provide homes and create sustainable new communities, provide a gateway to nature, and function as anchors of communities and support community-led projects; further considers that the report also identifies areas in which there is scope for estates to increase their contributions across the National Outcomes, and provides an improvement framework to complement the research; recognises Scotland’s rural estates as, it considers, key delivery partners of the Scottish Government across a wide range of policy areas, including improving outcomes for people, jobs and nature across the country, including in the Galloway and West Dumfries constituency, and commends the sector for what it sees as its commitment to this innovative work.

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett (Registered interest) , Donald Cameron (Registered interest) , Jackson Carlaw, Jim Fairlie, Russell Findlay, Kate Forbes, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Emma Harper, Craig Hoy, Liam McArthur, Douglas Ross, Liz Smith, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle