Scotland’s Game Generation

In the final Blog on this year’s #HelpingItHappenAwards2018 – the awards that recognise rural success and the work being done in our countryside – we take a look at some of the brilliant work being done in the field of education and community support. One thing is for sure, long after we’re all gone – Scotland’s countryside will remain, and the nominees in these categories are trailblazers for their work in helping to educate our countryside custodians of the future as well as to support and encourage community engagement today …

We’re Buzzin’ … for Peat’s Sake!

In the second of our Blogs on the upcoming #HelpingItHappen2018 awards – recognising rural success – our focus turns to the extraordinary work being done to protect and enhance our natural environment. We can all take it for granted: we take a walk, ride or drive into the countryside and it is all ‘there’ to be enjoyed. But day in, day out – a small army of folk are working to make sure tomorrow’s generations can do just the same …

Young MacDonald?

One in ten of all jobs in Scotland rely on agriculture – and 80% of all the land we see when out and about is under some form of agri production. That makes the industry the biggest single determining factor of the landscapes we visit, explore and enjoy. Add in the value – our farmers, crofters and growers are producing around £3bn worth of goods every year. Next, layer on our food and drink production businesses that make the very best of what’s being grown with an export market that exceeds £5bn. It’s soon clear that our agriculture is the foundation of so much in Scotland. And it all begins … down on the farm …

A breath of fresh Ayr..

We follow many businesses working in Scotland’s countryside on social media and always enjoy watching the development of new projects.  We visited Craufurdland, near Fenwick, Kilmarnock, in the Spring of 2017 and learnt then about the proposed development of a new cafe at Craufurdland Fisheries and now on 28th May 2018, the Laird’s Table opened and it was lovely to revisit this June to see it and to hear about the next plans.

In a different field …

Over the coming weeks in the countdown to the Royal Highland Show, hundreds of children from across the country will be taken out of their classrooms – and many out of their comfort zones – to discover Scotland as they’ve never seen it before. From primary schools north, east, south and west, children will down their pencils and don welly boots to explore Scotland’s farms. And this unique opportunity is all thanks to the extraordinary work of the Royal Highland Education Trust.

Supporting rural success …

Do you know of great work being done in the countryside near you? A local business making a real difference in the community? An education or conservation project that’s improving the area? How about a great business that’s launched in the last 12 months – or someone having a positive impact on local tourism? These are just some of the categories in an awards’ programme that has launched to celebrate rural success across Scotland. 

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme 2018 – Open for Charity

Scotland’s Garden Scheme is a chance to explore Scotland’s private green spaces.  And in 2018, families, wildlife lovers, plantaholics and grow-your-own newbies are in for a treat during 2019 when over 450 gardens open to the public for Scotland’s Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity.

Grantown – a Speyside Jewel

Grantown-on-Spey, in the heart of the Cairngorms and home to the offices of the Cairngorm National Park Authority, is a town packed full of history and things to explore and discover.

Our Countryside Stars …

We have been delighted to see the outstanding work being done by those who live and work in our countryside on recent TV shows on the BBC …

Atholl Estates Winning Ways

Blair Castle and the Blair Castle Caravan Park are both ending the current season on a high having picked up two more top industry awards at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards held in Glasgow on the 29th October.