NFU Scotland has welcomed the launch, by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust,
of the Farmers and Landowners Access Grant Scheme (FLAGS).
The scheme is aimed
at helping land managers to provide new or improved public access to increase
public enjoyment of the countryside while minimising the impact on land users.
It also aims to increase awareness and understanding of rural land use.
Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust is a partnership between Perth & Kinross
Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Enterprise Tayside, Forestry
Commission Scotland and the Gannochy Trust. The Trust’s aims focus
on providing and promoting high quality opportunities for access and recreation
throughout Perth & Kinross for the benefit of the community as a whole.
FLAGS grants will not be replacing grants available through SEERAD, Forestry
Commission Scotland or other government grant schemes, but will instead compliment
Sue Hilder, NFU Scotland Access Officer, said:
“NFU Scotland is fully in support of assisting responsible public
access to the countryside and our primary concern is that this is done at
little or no inconvenience to farmers and landowners. Therefore, I very much
welcome this new scheme which will assist land managers in providing access
to members of the public whilst avoiding any disruption to land management
“The majority of access takers prefer to use waymarked routes which
help to direct them. This in turn benefits land managers by helping people
to avoid sensitive areas of the farm. Self-closing gates, advisory signs
and parking provision help to keep livestock contained, keep people on managed
paths and prevent car damage to the roadside, all of which make access a
smoother and easier process for the land manager.
“Thanks to the FLAGS scheme, land users in Perth & Kinross will
be assisted in making these provisions and keeping access as painless as
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