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Communities feel “locked out” out by Scottish landscape policy, according to major new research

Major new research into Scottish landscape conservation policies has found that communities are being excluded from participating in development decisions that affect the areas they live in. This ‘participation deficit’ is in part because of long-standing ‘fence and exclude’ conservation models, which single out ‘special’ landscapes for protection. And the report’s author has called for… Read more »

Community Land Scotland welcomes growth in young people in Uist

New research has shown a striking growth in the number of young people either returning to live in Uist or moving there for the first time. Most of the islands of Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula have been in community ownership for eleven years during which time the number of births has gone up by… Read more »

Community Land Scotland publishes Report on Land Ownership Transparency in Scotland.

  Community Land Scotland (CLS) has today published ‘Towards Land Ownership Transparency in Scotland’, part of a larger study led by Transparency International to test a framework for assessing land ownership transparency within countries.  The framework was presented at ‘Land Governance in an Interconnected World’, the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in… Read more »

Land Commission publishes paper on Scale and Concentration of Land Ownership

Last week, the Scottish Land Commission publish a discussion paper by Peter Peacock that is full of radical ideas for potential action in tacking Scotland’s land ownership question. Community Land Scotland congratulates the Scottish Land Commission in opening up controversial territory for discussion on Scotland’s land  and asking the question of whether land is for… Read more »

Community landownership has the potential to create better towns and cities

COMMUNITY LANDOWNERSHIP HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE BETTER TOWNS AND CITIES Community landownership will create places that people want to make their home in the long term On the 16th March, Community Land Scotland will publish its report on ‘Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018” which will look at the current state of urban… Read more »

Forestry in Scotland: Statement

12th February 2018 This is a welcome Statement from Scottish Government on future forest management arrangements which largely meets Community Land Scotland objectives set out in our evidence to Parliament. http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Forestry/completingdevolution/statement  

Changes at Community Land Scotland

News release 9th January 2018 New Policy Director for Community Land Scotland Some changes will be taking place at Community Land Scotland this month. Following six years with the organisation, Peter Peacock, Community Land Scotland’s long-standing and highly-respected Policy Director will be standing down from his role. Community Land Scotland is, however, pleased to say… Read more »

Ulva Buyout Fundraiser

The community of Ulva and Mull have launched a fundraising appeal to help raise the much needed funds towards the community buyout of the Isle of Ulva. North West Mull Community Woodland Company lodged the bid to buy the island and the community now needs to raise funds to support the buyout.  Nicola Sturgeon announced that… Read more »