Mon 19 Apr, 2021

Our rural jobs plans would create more opportunities for farms to diversify, supporting eco-tourism, nature restoration and growing new businesses in rural areas Patrick Harvie

Scottish Greens have revealed how the party’s plans for green recovery will create rural jobs across Scotland.

As well as reforestation and restoring peatlands, which would directly create 1,129 jobs, the party has announced a £150m nature restoration fund to restore key habitats such as wetlands, rivers and coastlines, creating 428 jobs.

The party will also support rural businesses and food producers including the establishment of a National Farm Land Trust to help a new generation of farmers and growers access land.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said:

“People visit Scotland for its natural beauty, so restoring nature is not just about protecting species but also about boosting local economies.

“Our rural jobs plans would create more opportunities for farms to diversify, supporting eco-tourism, nature restoration and growing new businesses in rural areas. The creation of a National Farm Land Trust would bring a fresh generation into farming, providing young people with access to land and a livelihood.

“Our rural communities need a green recovery with the restoration of our forests, peatlands and precious habitats driving opportunities, alongside eco-tourism and strong local food economies, that's why rural communities should vote Scottish Green on May 6th.”

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