11 Jul

New list of small flock shearers launched

Smallholding Scotland was estabished to promote, support and represent smallhoders in Scotland. This week has seen the launch of a web-based list of shearers willing to shear small flocks of sheep. Early summer sees many small flock keepers looking  shearers so Smallholding Scotland is seeking to get contact details all in one place.

So if you are, or if you know, a shearer who shears small flocks and would like to be included on the list, please send contact details (name, email and / or phone contact, area covered and any other information up to 30 words) to enquiries@smallholding.scot.

14 Feb

Conference cancelled

With regret, we have had to cancel tomorrow’s conference. Ticket sales were poor and we just couldn’t justify bringing speakers from all over Scotland.

Thank you to those who did buy tickets. You should already have recieved an email about a refund. If you haven’t, please check your Spam folder or email enquiries@smallholding.scot

31 Jan

Smallholding Scotland Survey Launched

Smallholding Scotland exists to represent, promote and support smallholding across Scotland. To do this better, we are launching a survey that will run throughout February 2019 to find out more about small land holdings and those who own and manage them.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Very few of the questions are compulsory but the more you complete, the more accurate the resulting data will be.

Please do take the time out of your busy day to do this – it’s the first time any survey like this has been done and the more folk that complete it, the better.


Thank you from the Trustees of Smallholding Scotland


22 Jan

Fifth Conference speaker announced

Engaging with your community : Rebecca Dawes, Open Farm Sunday

Rebecca is the Scottish Co-ordinator for LEAF Open Farm Sunday, an initiative that sees nearly 400 farmers, crofters and smallholders open their gates annually on one Sunday in June (9th June 2019). Her family also take part each year and to date have hosted 11 LEAF Open Farm Sunday events plus many others including lambing, “all about ewe”, the farming Christmas nativity, a book of farming, school visits and numerous other days linked to food, farming and nature. These events have ranged from 10 to 3500 people running from one hour to a full-day.

Rebecca has a First-Class Honours degree in Events Management and is a graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. She is a Judge for Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Co-Manager of the Rural Youth Project and works full-time for Jane Craigie Marketing, an agency that specialists in the agricultural and rural sector. She also has her own herd of pygmy goats but has yet to try goat yoga!!

Rebecca will give the conference a really good insight and plenty of examples from her experience of Open Farm Sunday to help our members learn more about engaging with the public, helping promote/sell their goods/services and running the event.

16 Jan

Smallholding Scotland Conference 2019: speakers announced

The 2019 Smallholding Scotland Conference is being held at Pitcairngreen Village Hall on Friday 15th February. Full details are on the conference website including ticket sales.

Three speakers have been announced today: Pete Ritchie, Executive Director of Nourish Scotland, Ceri Ritchie, Sector Manager for food and drink at SAC Consulting and manager of Connect Local, the Scottish Government’s local food and drink marketing advisory service and Sam Parsons, estate manager for the Balcaskie Estate, who has been at the forefront of the transition of the estate to organic status, and has been a pioneer in initiatives such as mob-grazing and wild farming.

Further announcements to follow.

18 Jun

Survey of Scotland’s smallholdings and smallholders

There are a lot of smallholdings in Scotland.

Information on Scotland’s smallholdings and smallholders is pretty sparse. It is mainly based on the Scottish Government’s Annual Agricultural Census, but that only goes routinely to those who submit a Single Application Form plus a proportion of other registered holdings.

Smallholding Scotland would like to improve both the quality and breadth of information available and is in discussion with SRUC, ScotGov and the Royal Society of Statisticians to develop a comprehesive survey, the results of which will guide the future work of the organisation.

We hope that the survey work will be complete by the end of 2018. Further details will be made available in due course.


18 Jun

Prince’s Countryside Fund bid – information hub

As active smallholders, the Trustees of Smallholding Scotland know first hand how challenging it can be to find accurate, reputable and unbiased information. It’s hard if you know what you don’t know; if you don’t know what you don’t know, it’s impossible.

At its establishment last year, the Trustees identified the development of a comprehensive, web-based information hub for smallholders and aspiring smallholders as a priority for the organisation.

Last week, a bid for £50,000 was submitted to the Prince’s Countryside Fund to build and populate such a hub. If we are successful, we will be commissioning the building of the website and knowledge hub plus employing a contractor to take on the project of collating, commisssioning, editing and curating content.

Needless to say, we have our fingers and toes crossed.