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NFUS Tenants Meet Cabinet Secretary Over Crown Estate Aspirations

NFU Scotland’s Crown Estate Tenants Working Group met with Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham yesterday (Tuesday 8 June) to discuss their aspirations for the devolution of the Crown Estate.

This followed on from a meeting between NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick and Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP held recently in relation to the Crown Estate.

Ms Cunningham has responsibility for Crown Estate within her Ministerial portfolio, providing her with responsibility for the devolution process and the new look Crown Estate.

NFUS President Andrew McCornick commented: “NFU Scotland’s Crown Estates Working Group has always been clear that it wishes to see the rural Crown Estate retained as a single entity so the farms can continue to thrive and this was one point that was stressed strongly to the Cabinet Secretary.

“There are strong aspirations for the tenants to have a stronger voice in the new-look Crown Estate. NFU Scotland has always been clear that there is a strong will from the Crown Estate tenants for active involvement to sit within the new management structures of the estate.

“I fully support this approach, and believe this format would give the tenants an ability to understand how decisions relating to the rural estate are reached, and improved access to engage with management over issues which are important to them and directly affect them.

“I am pleased to attend Scottish Government’s stakeholder working group on behalf of the Crown Estate tenants, and I will continue to push the importance of the agricultural assets in relation to the rest of the Crown Estate portfolio.

“Thank you to Ms Cunningham for meeting with the tenant representatives and myself, and I hope we can continue to work together to ensure that the agricultural interests of the tenants remain at the forefront of discussions.”

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Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Author: Ruth McClean

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News Article No.: 83/17


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Ruth McClean

Having worked in the communications and journalism industry for the last 11 years, NFU Scotland’s Communications Manager Ruth McClean understands the needs of journalists and has extensive knowledge of the wider agricultural industry. After growing up in Argyll and Bute and working in the area as a reporter for local newspapers for eight years, Ruth joined NFU Scotland in 2013 in her current role. She is also Editor of the Union’s membership magazine the Scottish Farming Leader.

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