Lead the movement towards sustainable land management in Scotland

Our new Landscape Leadership programme invites ambitious and forward-looking individuals to take action against the biggest challenges facing Scotland and the world: wildlife collapse and climate change.

We’re looking for participants who want to inspire positive change in Scotland’s rural sector. This programme will unite land owners and managers who can see opportunities as well as challenges, and who want to work collaboratively towards transformative environmental change at a landscape scale.

We want to hear from applicants who have a vision of the environmental change they want to see in their landscape, but who are facing barriers to change. The Landscape Leadership programme will help develop the strategic and leadership skills needed to make that change happen.

We are all going to feel the effects of climate change in Scotland, and there is a need for land management that provides environmental, economic and social benefits, to help build a more resilient rural sector.

How the programme works

The Landscape Leadership programme offers facilitated learning within a peer-to-peer environment.

The programme will be delivered over the course of four residential sessions in January-April 2020, with each session running over two days.

These sessions will take place within inspirational settings and will cover:

  • Participants’ landscapes and developing the assets within them
  • Policymaking in Scotland, and what it means for the land
  • Climate change and biodiversity – challenges and opportunities
  • Developing an action plan to make change in your landscape

Participants will able to discuss challenges and develop solutions within their landscapes. Leadership coaching will be offered in between sessions to help participants turn their aspirations into tailored project plans.

Transformational leadership development

Through the programme you will develop the leadership skills needed in the face of our climate emergency:

  • Learn how to take a holistic approach to land management, reconciling social, economic and environmental priorities
  • Understand policy barriers and opportunities
  • Develop the influencing skills to take others with you towards your goals
  • See how you can work with wider organisations to effect change
  • Share ideas and learn from other rural leaders across Scotland

Apply to the programme

The programme has been subsidised by a generous donation, so the cost of participating will only be £500.

We’re additionally offering a 25% discount on the cost of the programme for members of the following organisations:

  • Scottish Land and Estates
  • Community Land Scotland
  • Scottish Environment Link
  • Community Woodlands Association

We are looking for a total of 10 participants who have the potential to make environmental change at scale. Applicants should already be able to demonstrate a degree of leadership and have a fair idea of what change they want to see in their landscape, and should be looking for support to help them effect that change.

Click here to download a recruitment pack containing more details on the programme, a full person specification, and a copy of the application form.

To apply to the Landscape Leadership programme, download the application form and email it to Kay Whytock by 5pm, Friday 22nd November.

You can also contact Kay with any other questions about the programme on KWhytock@soilassociation.org

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