Media release: Scottish Rural Action Conference – media invite

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CHANGE is coming. How should Scotland’s rural communities, businesses, organisations and people respond?

Members of the media are invited to attend the Scottish Rural Action Conference,  26th – 27th February 2020 at New Lanark Mill Hotel, to explore the challenges and opportunities facing rural Scotland during this period of change.

Scottish Rural Action has been tasked by the Scottish Government with starting a ‘rural movement’ that will make sure the voice of rural Scotland is heard. This conference is the starting point of creating that rural movement.

Programme highlights:

Wednesday 26th February 2.25pm – 3.45pm

  • Speakers – Introduced by Vanessa Halhead, acting chair of Scottish Rural Action
  • Welcome to Lanarkshire from Kenny Lean, South Lanarkshire Council
  • Robin McAlpine of Common Weal on the Green New Deal
  • Niall McShannon, managing director of CCI Ltd (Clydesdale Community Initiative) talking about why he started a social enterprise, who they do it for and why they bought a farm.

Thursday 27th February 9.15am – 11am:

  • Speakers – Introduced by Vanessa Halhead, acting chair of Scottish Rural Action
  • Address from Fergus Ewing MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy
  • Katherine Trebeck, Wellbeing Alliance on Rural Economy and Inclusive Growth

The full programme can be downloaded at

Venue: New Lanark Mill Hotel, ML11 9DB.

Photos and interviews: Interviews and photos with speakers can be arranged by request. A press photographer will be in attendance Wednesday 26th in the afternoon and photos from this session can be circulated on Friday 28th, or earlier by request.

Other Information: This event has been organised on a zero-plastic, low-environmental impact basis, mindful of the climate emergency.

To confirm attendance contact: Martin McManus on or phone 07551 439622.

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Notes for editors:

Scottish Rural Action aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland. We are a non-profit, apolitical organisation which is completely independent of government.

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SRA media contact:
Lorna Young  //  07872 492 283  //

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