Farming opportunities for new entrants (FONE)


This group was set up to develop a farming opportunities for new entrants programme. The group was established in 2016.

Priorities for 2020

  1. Make available 300 hectares of publically owned land to New Entrants
  2. Take forward governance of Scotland’s Land Matching Service toward its target of securing at least three agreements during its first year
  3. Scotland’s Land Matching Service will look at alternative options to Crofting sub-lets, working with stakeholders to develop a consistent narrative of what is possible
  4. Advocate the support of New Entrants in future policy, ensuring that future support recognises the needs of New Entrants and represents their interests in future policy
  5.  Continue beyond the public sector, highlighting opportunities to private estates and owner occupiers;
  6. Facilitate the promotion of case studies
  7. Facilitate one Starter Farm to progress beyond their 10-year tenure
  8. Cabinet Secretary to continue to promote the benefits of FONE at key events to maintain momentum


  • Chair – Henry Graham: National chair of Lantra Scotland, member of Forestry Commission Scotland’s (FCS) National Committee and Scottish Government’s Education and Training Champion

  • John Kerr: Head of Scottish Government’s Agriculture Policy Division

  • Stewart Hendry: Agricultural advisor, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS)

  • Harriet Donald: Land use manager Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park; FCS starter farmer Port of Menteith

  • Kirsten Williams: SAC consultant and farms the FCS starter farm at Huntly

  • Penny Montgomerie: Chief executive at Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC)

  • Eleanor Kay: Policy Adviser (Agriculture and Forestry) at Scottish Land and Estates

  • James Mackessack-Leitch​: Scottish Land Commission (SLC)

  • Jenny Brunton: Agricultural policy manager, National Farmers Union Scotand (NFUS)