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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