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 2019

  1. Make available 1,000 hectares of publically owned land to new entrants
  2. Work with stakeholders in scoping a Land Matching Service
  3. Focus on crofting and the way ahead with sub-letting on the RPID Estate
  4. Respond to any consultations around new entrants support
  5. Continue beyond the public sector - highlighting opportunities to 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)