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