It hardly seems that a year has passed since we launched the Scottish Land Matching Service – they say time flies but literally this last year has gone by in a flash. From a standing start the service has built steadily throughout the year and I am pleased to say that we now have a database which has recorded contact from over 150 people interested in using the service. Even the restrictions under Covid19 have not stopped interest and although it curtailed face to face meetings, contact by telephone and occasionally Skype has allowed the service to continue to deliver support. The exciting thing is that there are 4 joint ventures progressing – I know that does not seem a lot but as I have said before introducing people and establishing strong working relationships and trust takes time and effort from everyone.
I was delighted to be asked to speak to the Scottish Crofting Federation AGM recently. I do think there is real potential for developing opportunities for young people in crofting and I look forward to discussions on how to achieve that with all interested parties. I am also pleased and very grateful that Scottish Crofting Federation have agreed to be part of the consortium supporting the Service and have added their logo to our list of supporting organisations.
There is much more to come from this new service and in these uncertain times there is clearly a pivotal role for SLMS to play. I would urge anybody thinking about taking a step back from their farming or crofting activities or looking to restructure their business and perhaps able to give a new or developing farmer or crofter a chance, to get in touch. All enquiries will be followed up and treated in the strictest confidence. It costs nothing to talk and registering interest through the website (www.slms.scot) is quick and simple.