What is a rural movement?

The term ‘rural movement’ describes networked rural and island communities with recognised mechanisms for the grassroots to shape local and national policy.

A rural movement in Scotland aims:

  1. To connect rural and island communities of place and of interest, enabling them to share their expertise and ideas on matters relating to rural resilience, redesign and renewal. 
  2. To advance two-way dialogue between rural communities and decisionmakers, ensuring that policy at all levels of government is enacted in response to expert input from those living and working in rural and island Scotland.

The purpose of a rural movement is to maximise opportunities for rural and island sustainability and wellbeing and to address persistent structural and intersectional inequalities that impact on rural and island communities.

Presentation on Scotland's rural movement from February 2020.