A Changing Landscape – Making the Most of our Natural Assets

Friday 26th January 2018 – Event starts 12.30 pm (light lunch available from 12 noon)

Town Hall, St Johns Town of Dalry, DG7 3SW

A key reason for reason for much of South West Scotland having been designated as the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere is its long history of agriculture and forestry which has shaped our landscapes, our biodiversity, our local economy and our local communities.

With changes on the horizon leading to:

  • Increased pressures for afforestation, particularly of commercial monoculture;
  • The intensification of livestock farming in our lowlands;
  • A threat to the sustainability of hill and upland farming from BREXIT;

… the makeup of our region is going to change.

Join us for an afternoon exploring how we can address the issues and opportunities that key industry representatives see influencing the future of land based industries in South West Scotland.

  • Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Land and Estate
  • Johnnie Hall, Director of Policy, NFUS
  • Colin Kennedy, Director, Scottish Woodlands and CONFOR representative
  • Sir Patrick Hunter Blair, Blairquhan Estate


The afternoon will follow a ‘Question Time’ format exploring the sectoral interests of agriculture and forestry, the scope for integration and opportunities for reconciling these interests.

To book a FREE place, please go to Eventbrite.

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