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Organic cow, calf and bull at Whitmuir Organic farm near Peebles ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Farming and the wider community

Farming doesn’t just shape Scotland’s nature and landscapes – it also affects our rural and urban communities and daily food choices.

Farmland is a big part of Scotland’s nature and landscapes, and it provides many of our wildlife habitats and much of our landscape interest.

Farming also has strong connections with:

  • the wider rural community – by offering recreational opportunities, visitor facilities, wildlife tourism, family and education activities
  • food quality assurance – including through organic production and accreditation schemes
  • the renewed interest in the provenance of food and in eating local produce
  • rural businesses – fencing contractors, drystane dykers, agricultural and seed merchants, etc.
  • urban areas – where farmers’ markets and allotment growing, let consumers connect with local producers and the countryside
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