The Scottish Forum’s Sustainable Land Management Working Group (SLMG) brings together private, public, academic and non-profit organisations and land managers to explore innovative approaches to sustainable land management.

The group aims to promote innovative natural capital practice in land use, sharing knowledge and best practice amongst members and provides regular summaries of current activity for interested parties. The group meets quarterly, arranges site visits to projects in development across Scotland and has a network on the Basecamp platform – to share links, ideas and conversation related to the work of the group and the wider topic.

In recent years, the Group has supported the world’s first trial of the Natural Capital Protocol on a land-based business with Crown Estate Scotland and worked with Scottish Forestry, Nestlé, and other land-use companies to further trial the Protocol in both the dairy and forestry sectors.

The group is chaired by Kerry Waylen from James Hutton Institute, and coordinated by Julia Clough from the Scottish forum on Natural Capital.

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Current group members:

Alistair McVittie Ecosystem Services Economist Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
Andy Tharme Natural Resources Strategy Manager South of Scotland Enterprise SOSE
Anna Graham Head of Environment, Science & Innovation Scotch Whisky Association
Anne Gray Director – Scotland Heather Trust
Bruce Wilson Head of Policy and Advocacy Scottish Wildlife Trust
Campbell Gerrard Senior Planning and Policy Manager Crown Estate Scotland
Catherine Preston Head of Innovation Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
Eleanor Harris Natural Capital & Carbon Leader Galbraith Group
Hamish Walls Project Manager Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS)
Harriet Donald Land Use Programme Manager Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Helen Macintyre Dalhousie Estates
Jared Stewart Technical Lead: Catchment Management Scottish Water
Jayne Ashley Head of Natural Capital South of Scotland Enterprise SOSE
Julia Clough Project Development Officer Scottish Forum on Natural Capital
Kate Hopper Policy Manager Climate Change NFU Scotland
Kerry Waylen Senior Researcher – Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences and Chair SLMG James Hutton Institute
Kirsty Hutchison Agricultural Officer NatureScot
Kirsty Blackstock Qualitative Social Scientist James Hutton Institute
Louise Bond Principal Policy Officer Innovation Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Marc Metzger Professor of Environment and Society University of Edinburgh
Marina Curran-Colthart Local Biodiversity Officer Argyll and Bute Council
Mark Williams Head of Sustainability and Climate Change Scottish Water
Pat Snowdon Head of Economics and Woodland Carbon Code Scottish Forestry
Rory McLeod Central Scotland Green Network – Glasgow and Clyde Valley
Ross Johnston Head of Natural Capital Valuation and Policy Scottish Government
Ross Lilley Head of Natural Resource Management NatureScot
Stephen Young Head of Policy Scottish Land & Estates
Stuart Shaw Agriculture Policy Manager NatureScot