Rural Issues

Rev Sally Foster Fulton

Church of Scotland welcomes Scottish Government Environment Minister’s support for land reform

Rev Sally Foster Fulton, Convener of the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, today welcomed the comments by Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse on land reform. Responding to the Environment Minster’s call for a fairer distribution of land in Scotland, Ms Foster Fulton said: “I welcome the Ministers aspiration for a fairer distribution of […]

Dr Alison Elliot

Lairds criticised for pocketing wind farm subsidies

The leader of the Scottish ­Government review of landownership yesterday pledged to examine ways of redistributing the cash wealthy lairds make from wind farms to benefit the less-advantaged. Alison Elliot, chair of the Land Reform Review Group (LRRG), said the issue would be investigated amid concerns that aristo­crats are benefiting from the renewables revolution while […]

Eco-Congregation Scotland endorses Kirk's sustainable agriculture report

The board of Eco-Congregation Scotland has endorsed a report on sustainable agriculture issued by the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland. The report entitled “Our Daily Bread” was launched at the Royal Highland Show last week. • Report and leaflet downloadable at Eco-Congregation Scotland.


Church plans to reap what it sows with farming conference

Community supported agriculture and the issues and challenges faced by Scottish farmers will be scrutinised by a Church of Scotland body this week. The Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council is holding a conference to discuss the questions and facts behind sustainable agriculture at home and overseas.  The conference being held at the Church […]


New guidance for churches setting up shop

The Church of England, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have teamed up to produce guidance for churches and chapels interested in hosting shops. Churches already host more than 250 community shops in England, Scotland and Wales, with around 20 opening each year for business. They are particularly vital service providers in small […]


Moderator reveals radical solution for rural parishes

Rural parishes in Inverness’s Church of Scotland presbytery – which do not have a permanent minister – could benefit from a controversial Kirk proposal to cut staff numbers, according to the Moderator who was in Inverness yesterday. The Kirk’s Ministries Council has proposed cutting the number of ministers by up to 100 to save money […]