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Rural Britain is a wonderful assortment of farms, estates, hamlets, villages, forests and moors, lochs and valleys. Our stunning scenery, close communities and wonderful rural businesses provide an idyllic lifestyle for many, but rural life can also throw up some pretty unique challenges.

The Rural Scene (the Scene & Herd rural blog and news updates) looks at what’s new, what’s relevant, what’s tasty, what’s fun and what’s challenging about life in the Great British Countryside. We offer an insider insight into rural Britain, highlighting some of the exceptional people, businesses and innovations we believe that everybody should know about.

Shortlist Announced For Prestigious Rural Awards

The Helping it Happen Awards 2022, run by Scottish Land & Estates, have announced the finalists within five of their nine categories today. Each of the categories focuses on an area in which rural businesses are positively impacting Scotland’s economy and environment. The overall focus of the Helping it Happen Awards is on recognising the role estates, farms and rural businesses play in enabling and supporting success in rural communities, rural businesses and rural landscapes.

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Precision Tech Parade at Potatoes in Practice

Precision farming will take centre stage at the renowned Potatoes in Practice event near Dundee next week. Angus-based tech specialists, SoilEssentials, will use the event to showcase hardware and software developed specifically to benefit potato growers in Scotland and beyond.

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Cats, Cousins and Customers – they're not just for Christmas!

Do you have an address book full of names that you only ever write to at Christmas? Perhaps you only hear from some relatives when you receive their annual 'Round Robin'? Apart from the fact that once a year is far too infrequent to keep you in the recipient's mind, December is such a busy time that any communication sent that month may be quickly forgotten about in the festive mayhem.

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OnFARM Podcast: Carbon audits and soil sampling: Preparing for Sustainable Farming with ScotGov

Borders beef farmer Giles Henry regularly does soil sampling and carbon testing on his farm and has done for many years. He tells Monty what he gets out of it, and how it feeds into his business planning. In April 2022, a Scottish Government incentive scheme was launched - to provide farmers and crofters with funds to support carbon audits and soil sampling.

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ONFARM Podcast: RHET at the Royal Highland Show

The 200th anniversary Royal Highland Show was also a welcome return to the RHET Discovery Centre at Ingliston. In this episode, Anna chats with RHET education manager Katrina Barclay, and a host of volunteers and supporters helping children to learn more about the working Scottish countryside. We also hear from Alan White and Amy Eakin from law firm Gillespie Macandrew, who are big supporters of RHET, and who are kindly partnering with us for this episode.

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