Roseanna Cuningham, the new Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, is to address Scottish Land & Estates’ spring conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday 25th May 2016.
The conference is the first meeting of landowners since the passing of the Land Reform [Scotland] Act in March this year.
Ms Cunningham’s will be the keynote speech to hose attending; with the conference also be addressed by David Johnstone, the organisation’s Chair.
This year’s event will reflect on the passing of the new legislation, and how a new era of landownership – where social and environmental accountability is at the fore – can be embraced by landowners. The conference will look at examples where its members are already leading the way on this work.
The afternoon session will include a lively panel debate on Modern Landownership in Scotland – The Future Challenges.
The event starts at 10.30 on 25th May at the The Assembly Rooms in George Street in Edinburgh.
The Land Reform [Scotland] Act 2016 leaves serious controversy around the issue of farm tenancies and indeed has the capacity to damage the tenanted sector at a time when agriculture is a vital but fading and commercially exploited industry.
For Argyll expects land reform to be a dominant feature of the Scottish Government’s new five year term; and to see aspects of the matter end up in the European court in due course.
Ms Cunningham’s address will be one to watch [it may signal a timeline of planned activity] – as will the landowners response.