At the beginning of October I was invited to chair a session at The Scottish Land Commission conference entitled 'Land owners Leading: putting rights and responsibilities into action'. I spoke with a panel made up of Christopher Cassels, from Crown Estate Scotland; Duncan Orr-Ewing, from RSPB; Tom Bowser, Argaty Red Kite Project, Lerrocks Farm; and Al Reid, a Board Member of Action Porty. They all shared details of their work to date and the positive changes their business has made towards being more open and transparent, engaging with communities, contributing to public wellbeing, providing access to land and demonstrating a high standard of stewardship.
A matter of weeks later I attended the Scottish Land and Estates' Helping It Happen Awards, and again heard incredible stories from the finalists of the progressive and exciting projects they are undertaking on the land they manage, rent or own.
What struck me about both events is that there is a huge amount of positive progress being made across the sector and although many choose to focus on the work 'still to be done' or that 'we have not done enough', I would like to take a minute to celebrate what has already been achieved! So if you can spare a moment or two, please check out the Land Commission conference session and the Helping It Happen awards as although there is still room for improvement from some there is a need to celebrate the incredible efforts of others!