Review of the year: 2015-16

Our Year: 2015 - 2016

It has been another packed and exciting year for Scottish Rural Action, developing and taking forward the action plan in a variety of ways, deciding where the next Rural Parliament will be held, liaising with partners across Europe and finally, holding our second AGM.

Here are some of the top stories from the past year....

Hello and goodbye

The Annual General Meeting in March this year was John Hutchisons last duty as Co-Chair, as he retired from the board of directors. John spoke about the “great privilege” it had been to serve on the board and be a part of Scotland’s first Rural Parliament. He thanked his fellow directors and staff for their support and Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead for his ongoing commitment to the Rural Parliament.

Angus Hardie also retired from the board after serving on the board for three years following his nomination from the Scottish Scommunities Alliance.

The board and members welcomed two new additions to the board of directors - Alison Macleod from Applecross, Wester Ross, and Sue Beer, from Shetland - and the re-appointment of Vanessa Halhead, Sandy Brunton and Rebecca Dawes. Find out more here:

Scottish Rural Parliament 2016 Location Announced

After a very competitive process involving twenty expressions of interest from all across Scotland, we finally announced that the second Scottish Rural Parliament would be held in Brechin, Angus, from 6th-8th November 2016.

The event will once again play host to 400 people from rural Scotland for three-days of discussion, debate and celebration. Registration for the event will open mid-2016 and in the meantime you can find out more here: 

Scottish Rural Summit

Our first Scottish Rural Summit was held on 24th November in Musselburgh, bringing together people from across the public and third sector to explore the Action Plan arising from the Rural Parliament in 2014.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon endorsed the Rural Parliament and praised the 'major success' of the first national event. Read more here:

Five Asks of the Scottish Government

Following the Rural Summit we recieved a more detailed response to the five asks that were made of Scottish Government by the Rural Parliament in Oban 2014.

You can see their response here:

Action Plan 2015-16

We released our Action Plan for 2015-16 which arose from the Scottish Rural Parliament 2014. It outlines the areas of work Scottish Rural Action and partners will take forward on behalf of rural communities this year including issues such as broadband, mobile signal, transport, enterprise, funding for community-led projects and local democratic reform. We have been taking forward this Action Plan in a wide range of ways to ensure the best outcomes for rural communities.

The full Action Plan is available at

European Rural Parliament

The European Rural Parliament met in November 2015 in Schärding, Austria. The main aim of the event was to produce a manifesto for rural Europe as a result of consultation in each country and two-days intesnive work at the event. The manifesto will be used to influence policy across Europe:


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