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Rural Policy

This Cross-party group's purpose:

To inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland.

Next meeting

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

This meeting will be held virtually at 7pm, anyone wishing to attend must contact Jane Atterton.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Jane Atterton


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Harper, Emma

Emma Harper


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Mountain, Edward

Edward Mountain


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Burgess, Ariane

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Carson, Finlay

Finlay Carson


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency)

Halcro Johnston, Jamie

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Minto, Jenni

Jenni Minto


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Argyll and Bute (Constituency)

Smyth, Colin

Colin Smyth


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Villalba, Mercedes

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Whittle, Brian

Brian Whittle


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Barbara Kelly,

Pat Neeson


Rural Policy Centre, SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) – secretary

A Heart for Duns Development Trust

Aberdeen University

Angus Council

Argyll and Bute Council

Arthouse Galleries


BIG Lottery

British Association of Landscape Industries

Buccleuch Estates

Built Environment Forum Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Centre for Rural Health (UHI)

Citizens Advice Scotland

Community Transport Association

Crichton Carbon Centre

Crofting Connections

DCM Heritage

Dormont Estate

Dot Rural (Aberdeen University)

Dumfries and Galloway LEADER

East Lothian Council

Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER

Federation of Small Businesses

Here We Are Project

Heriot Watt University


Historic Scotland

Landmaps Ltd.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park


Marine Scotland

Newington Communications

PAS (formerly Planning Aid Scotland)

Peebles Can

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


RSPB Scotland

Rural & Islands Housing Associations Forum

Rural Matters


SRUC/SAC Consulting

Scotland Food and Drink Federation

Scottish Association of Young Farmers

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Churches Rural Group

Scottish Crofting Federation

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Scottish Government

Scottish Land and Estates

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Pilgrim Routes Forum

Scottish Rural Action

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Skills Development Scotland

Soil Association Scotland

South Ayrshire Council

Support in Mind Scotland

University of Stirling

the University of the Highlands and Islands

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

The James Hutton Institute

The Stove Network


The University of Edinburgh

University of West of Scotland

Urban Animation

Whitehill Design Studios

Whitmuir Community Farm Ltd

Woodland Trust Scotland

Youth Connect Borders

Group work


Annual return / report

Annual return / report