Rural Policy

Purpose of the group

The purpose of the Group is to inform MSPs and the wider Scottish Parliament about issues relating to rural policies and policy-making in Scotland.

Forthcoming meetings

Next meeting:


Further information relating to the CPG on Rural Policy is available here:


Annual Return/Report

Group Officers

Group Members

Non MSP Individuals

Bill Mckelvey

Patricia Neeson

Vanessa Halhead


Rural Policy Centre, SRUC - Secretariat

Aberdeenshire Council

Age Scotland

Archaeology Scotland

Argentix Ltd

Arthouse Galleries

Big Lottery Fund

Borders Foundation for Rural Sustainability

Buccleuch Estates

Built Environment Forum Scotland

Cairngorms National Park Authority

Cambusbarron Community Council

Carnegie UK Trust

Borders Foundation for Rural Sustainability

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Community Land Scotland

Country Car Club

The Crichton Institute

Dumfries & Galloway LEADER

Dumfries & Galoway Small Communities Housing Trust

DCM Heritage

Development Trusts Association Scotland

Dumfries & Galloway Council

Dumfries & Galloway Environmental Resources Centre

Dumfries and Galloway LAG

East Lothian Council

European Commission

Forestry Commission Scotland

Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER

University of Aberdeen

Glasgow University

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highland Council

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA)

Inspiring Scotland

The James Hutton Institute

Lamancha Community Association

Land Reform Review Group

Landmaps Ltd




National Cedar Project

Scottish Women's Aid

National Farmers Union Scotland

North Highland Initiative

Nourish Scotland

Orkney Islands Council

Partner Dhu Rural LLP

Planning Aid for Scotland

Plunkett Foundation

Newcastle University

Royal Town Planning Institute

Rural & Islands Housing Associations Forum

Rural Housing Scotland

SAC Consulting

Scotland Food and Drink Federation

Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society Ltd

Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Churches Rural Group

Scottish Countryside Alliance

Scottish Crofting Federation

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Government

Scottish Land Fund

Scottish Land and Estates

Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Rural Action

Scottish Wildlife Trust

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Soil Association

South Ayrshire Council

University of the Highlands and Islands

The Crown Estate

The Southern Uplands Partnership

Tods Murray LLP

University of Stirling

University of Aberdeen

University of Warsaw

Upper Quartile LLP

Urban Animation

Cardiff University

Whitmuir Organics Limited

Woodland Trust Scotland

yellow book ltd


Get involved

Next meeting:




Alex Fergusson MSP

Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

0131 348 5638