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  1. SCOTLAND’S highest civil court will have to decide whether flagship land reforms can breach the human rights of landowners. A bid by crofters to take over part of the 26,800 acre Pairc estate on Lewis could take years after a sheriff directed the Court of Session in Edinburgh to decide whether the Scottish Land Reform Act 2003 is consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights. Sheriff David Sutherland at Stornoway Sheriff Court made the direction before he considers an appeal from the landlord at the centre of the dispute. Critics have previously compared the laws to th
  2. Energy efficiency and historic buildings English Heritage has published this guide on how Part L of the Building Regulations applies to historic and traditionally constructed buildings. It's here on the Interweb :- http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/publications/energy-efficiency-historic-buildings-partl/
  3. Residential market update 20/6/11 • National housebuilders and mortgage lenders have talked to the Council of Mortgage Lenders about easing the supply of finance. • The number of approved mortgages fell 4% in April to 45,166, a four month low and the second lowest since March 2009 (Bank of England). Net lending, which strips out redemptions and repayments, rose slightly but remains at less than 10% of pre-credit crunch levels. With thanks to SG Landscope
  4. HSE safety notice on firewood processing machines The HSE has investigated a number of serious accidents involving firewood processing machines and its initial conclusions are that some machines are not safe and are not fully compliant with the Machinery Directive. If you have any doubts about the safety of your machinery, contact the HSE.
  5. Forestry Commission reaction to Spending Review cuts The Commission is cutting 250 posts in England, 23% of its workforce, as it tries to save £16m pa by 2014/15; a consultation on the job losses is under way. The current twelve forest areas will be merged into six new districts under the plans - North, Yorkshire, Central, West, East and South.
  6. The National Heritage List for England English Heritage has launched a searchable Heritage List for England, including listed buildings, scheduled monuments, registered parks and gardens, registered battlefields and protected wreck sites. It comes with a health warning as the data has come from a number of different systems and so may contain inconsistencies! It is also possible to nominate more. The list is on the internet here :- http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/ With thanks to SG Landscope
  7. Remember the old money? Suzy had an iron cow she milked it with a spanner. The milk came out in shilling tins the little ones a tanner. To bring it up-to-date: Helga has a robot cow, she twiddles dials and meters. Milk comes out in cartons now, a euro for two litres.
  8. I am on the 'No' bus (or train whatever) It would take a lot to get me to support this idea. My own views are that this vast amount of money would be better spent bringing other rail services up to date. For to long, down here in the southwest, we have sat (or more likely stood,) on overcrowded, cold and 'late' trains. RV
  9. Online help for communities setting up post offices, as thousands of branches face change A online resource launched last December will help communities run their own post offices. The launch of the resource is very timely, as changes to the network announced recently, affecting around 2,000 post offices, may see many more communities looking to run their own branch. Consumer Focus and the Social Enterprise Coalition have compiled a directory of 70 existing community post offices to assist neighbourhoods in setting up their own branch and to help those that already exist. The resourc
  10. This is good news indeed. Basicly, what it is saying, is that the SFP that a tennant recives from the goverment can not be used to force up rent or used as part of a divorce settelment. This, after all, is a voluntary payment and maybe withdrawn. The is no reason why Countryside Stewardship payments should be concidered in the above cases also.
  11. A plant disease caused by a fungus-like pathogen known as Phytophthora ramorum (P.ramorum), has been diagnosed in Oak and Japanese larch. If this disease can make the spices jump from a hardwood like Oak to the conifer Larch, there is no reason it could not jump to other conifers like Douglas and Spruce. 'IF' that were to happen, it could destroy large areas of the UK's woodland. (Sometimes calledl 'Sudden Oak Death) The pathogen P. ramorum has potential to attack a wide range of woody plants and could cause significant damage to woodland and other habitat. It can be spread on footwear,
  12. This weeks jobs from Environmentjob.co.uk http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/updates/last_update I'll update this each week. Last updated on 21/2/12
  13. 77 community projects receive £54m from Rural Development Plan for Wales. Among the projects are a healthy village scheme around Caerphilly, a green tourism project in Denbighshire, and a project to train 14-25 year olds in enterprise and entrepreneurship in Anglesey. Read more here. http://new.wales.gov.uk/newsroom/environmentandcountryside/2010/101214rdp34/?lang=en
  14. Please click http://smithsgore-external.createsend2.com/t/r/l/zttvt/hutyiutkj/j to view the Landscope Special on how the Spending Review affects rural areas. To be updated as more news comes in !! With thanks to Smiths Gore.
  15. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a Government Department in the UK. They cover and make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver their policies in areas such as: •the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals •sustainable development and the green economy •food, farming and fisheries •animal health and welfare •environmental protection and pollution control •rural communities and issues. Although they only work directly in England, they do work closely with the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Nort
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