Who we are

How it began

Following a call via the Smallholding Scotland Facebook group for volunteers to take forward the establishment of the new organisation, a steering group met in January 2017.

The steering group agreed that the new organisation should seek be established as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and an application to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) was made on 25th April 2017.

On 29th June 2017, Smallholding Scotland became registered as an incorporated body having charitable status. Our charity number is SCO47642.

The initial constitution for Smallholding Scotland SCIO can be read below.

Our Constitution

The organisation has changed its constitution following AGM meetings.

The minutes of the last three AGM meetings can be found here:

2021 AGM Minute 2023 AGM Minute 2022 AGM Minute


Smallholding Scotland currently has five trustees. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and experience:

  • Martin Beard (Arbroath) (Chair)
  • Anne Massie (Clackmannan) (Treasurer)
  • Arnot Tippett (Angus)
  • Dee Tippett (Angus)
  • Agnes Aitken (Stonehaven)

Under the constitution, the organisation can have up to 15 trustees so we’d love to hear from anyone who would like to become a trustee.

The main activity of Smallholding Scotland is the organisation and staging of the Scottish Smallholder Festival.

The organisation of the Festival is devolved to a team of Smallholding Scotland members, chaired by Martin Beard. This group is eight strong and works on a voluntary basis. If you are interested in joining the team, please do contact us.

You must be resident in Scotland to be eligible for full membership and therefore eligible to be a Trustee or part of the Festival organising team. If you are interested , please use the contact email on the Join Us page.