New guidelines for land owners and managers in Scotland have been published to advise on best practice when considering how to promote good stewardship and land management.
The Land Rights and Responsibilities Protocol has been published by the Scottish Land Commission, a body established to promote good relations between landlords and tenants.
Land commissioner Sally Reynolds said: “The way Scotland’s land is managed and used can have a significant impact on our individual and social wellbeing.
“The holders of land rights are acting as stewards of Scotland’s land resource for future generations.
“Putting good stewardship at the heart of decision-making about land will take into account the long-term needs of local communities and contribute to better and more productive economic, social and environmental outcomes.”
Among the recommendations is a suggestion to consider the long-term impacts on the environment and local communities when making decisions about land and buildings.
It also advises that property assets that are at risk of becoming surplus are maintained in a reasonable condition awaiting re-use.
The full protocol can be viewed on the Scottish Land Commission website.