Scottish Land & Estates has evolved from what was the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association and before that the Scottish Landowners’ Federation, which was originally founded in 1906.
Scottish Land & Estates strives to demonstrate, promote and represent the very good work and contribution our members make on farms, landholdings and estates across Scotland -- to both the communities to which they belong and also to the wider economy and society.
The benefits they provide include:
- Food in the shape of crops and livestock;
- Employment and affordable housing in rural areas;
- Tourism, recreation and health opportunities;
- Wood and fibre products from timber production;
- Caring for landscapes, habitats and wildlife;
- Investing in and maintain the rural built heritage of Scotland;
- Providing business premises and infrastructure for small rural businesses;
- Contributing to efforts to combating climate change;
- Developing renewable energy.
- Vibrant rural communities;
- Thriving rural businesses;
- Countryside that is cared for and can be enjoyed by all;
- A prosperous and sustainable agriculture industry;
- A progressive and profitable forestry sector;
- Viable and responsibly managed field sport enterprises;
- Quality affordable rural housing;
- Sustainable use of natural resources;
- Positive management safeguarding natural heritage;
- Minimal red tape and bureaucracy;
- Mutually responsible public access to private land.
- To demonstrate the wider benefits of our members’ activities to the public, government and media;
- To bring together those whose homes, interests and businesses are found within our countryside and rural settlements;
- To promote rural enterprise and rural development in Scotland;
- To work with government and other organisations, to achieve mutual objectives;
- To represent our members' interests at the highest level, in an influential, proactive, professional, responsive and efficient manner;
- To contribute to the formulation of rural policy and to demonstrate a new approach to enhancing the political, social and economic climate within our sphere of influence.