TOWARDS ONE MILLION ACRES IN COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP BY 2020 Community owned land is increasing rapidly in acreage and tens of thousands of people are already benefitting from that ownership. Throughout November, Community Land Scotland with the Highland Council will be holding a series of seminars across their region for those who are considering buying land… Read more »
At the Community Land Scotland conference in 2013, PAS (formerly known as Planning Aid for Scotland) and The Isle of Rum Community Trust (IRCT) came together to discuss collaborating on an community-led and engagement-based land use plan for the 100 hectares of land which was transferred from Scottish Natural Heritage to the Trust in 2009…. Read more »
Community Land Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have launched a new initiative for closer joint working designed to fully harness the opportunity of community land ownership to the cause of economic progress in the Western Isles. Over 50 representatives of community landowners and key Comhairle Councillors and Officers, and other stakeholders, met at a… Read more »
There is a growing interest in the wider benefits of community land ownership – the local residents and crofters of Great Bernera have expressed an aspiration to investigate the opportunities and feasibility …of community buyout of the Great Bernera Estate in Lewis. The current owners have agreed to sell the Estate to the community of… Read more »
On 06/08/14 a Members debate was held in the Scottish Parliament regarding the Bunchrew Land Declaration following Motion S4M-09502 lodged in support of the Declaration by Rhoda Grant MSP. Rhoda commented, “The Bunchrew Land Declaration is a unifying statement that acknowledges and commits us to developing new land ownership patterns in Scotland, taking a people… Read more »
A new £30k pilot scheme aimed at encouraging enterprise in the food growing industry and providing people across the UK and Ireland with the opportunity to create a sustainable livelihood has recently been launched. The joint ‘Growing Livelihoods’ initiative between philanthropic organisation, Carnegie UK Trust, the Plunkett Foundation and the Land Settlement Association Charitable Trust… Read more »
Find links to addresses from our 4th Annual Conference held 6th-7th June 2014 below; The full address given by Paul Wheelhouse MSP on Saturday 7th June 2014. David Cameron’s Chairman’s Address given on Friday 6th June 2014.
Land Reform Review Group report – a golden opportunity The above statement of support is put forward by the Scottish Community Alliance, Community Woodlands Association, Development Trusts Association Scotland, Community Land Scotland, and Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations as strongly welcoming the recent publication of the Land Reform Review Group Report: ‘The Land of Scotland… Read more »
Reacting to the publication of the Land Reform Review Group’s long awaited report, David Cameron, Chair of Community Land Scotland and a leading advocate of the need for more radical land reform measures, said “I very much welcome the publication of the report. This is a very substantial and comprehensive piece of work and we… Read more »
The Land Reform Review Group’s Final Report published today (23/05/2014) See section 34 for summary of recommendations.