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    New Access Leaflet for Farmers, Crofters & Growers

NFU Scotland is launching a new information leaflet that gives a brief introduction for farmers, crofters and growers on their rights and responsibilities when it comes to public access to farmland.

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The leaflet, which will be distributed alongside the next issue of the NFU Scotland magazine, the Scottish Farming Leader, is a summary of what farmers, crofters and growers need to be aware of when dealing with access takers on their land. It briefly outlines the key principles of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and explains what is required in terms of actions and responsibilities for land managers.

Key stakeholders, including members of the National Access Forum, have been consulted during the development of the leaflet, and part of the funding has been provided by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Sue Hilder, NFUS Access Officer, said:

“The aim of the leaflet is to provide a brief overview of the legislation together with an introduction to guidance contained in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code, with particular reference to the needs of farmers. The leaflet also explains where more detailed information and advice can be sought.

“We hope that this leaflet will answer some of the general questions about access in many farmers’ minds, and will give them a pointer in the right direction for further help and support.

“This is the first of a series of publications on public access to farmland that NFUS is planning for the future. It is envisaged that business guides will be developed over the coming year to give more in-depth guidance on subjects such as signage, core paths planning, and access and livestock.”

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