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Reflections on the evolution of Scottish land law; read short lecture by Prof. Jim Hunter

We’re happy to publish this fascinating short lecture by Prof. Jim Hunter given to a recent gathering of Sheriffs serving the Grampian, Highlands and Islands Sheriffdom, on aspects of the history and development of land law in Scotland and the first recognition of the `human rights’ of the people. Jim’s new book, on which he touches here,… Read more »

Landward & Out of Doors on iplayer

In case you missed these land reform specials… Watch In a special edition of Landward, the team tackle land reform and hear from those who may be affected. Dougie visits a small community group in Mull, and Euan meets the country’s largest landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch. The 30 minute programme is available to watch… Read more »

Storr Plans in Staffin – Call for Local Views

Residents of Staffin are being asked to support an aspiration to manage a visitor site at the foot of the Old Man of Storr. Community Land Scotland member Staffin Community Trust (SCT) has been in talks with Highland Council – which owns an 82-hectare site from the Storr’s roadside upwards – about improving the visitor experience at the… Read more »

*Job Opportunities* 3 vacancies to join the HIE Community Assets Team

3 great job opportunities available with the Highlands & Islands Enterprise Community Assets Team: Strengthening Communities Development Manager (Innse Gall) Salary: £26,229 – £29,907 Location: Stornoway or Benbecula Closing date: 22 November 2015 Full details and how to apply   Scottish Land Fund Adviser Salary: £26,229 – £29,907 Location: Lochgilphead or potentially Glasgow/West of Scotland Fixed… Read more »

Starting the conversation ‐ Land Agents & Community Landowners

We were pleased to welcome delegates to our event in Perth on Tuesday 10th November, entitled ‘Community Land Ownership ‐ What’s it all about?‘. The event was aimed at land agents and chartered surveyors in Scotland to learn more about the growing sector of community land ownership. Delegates represented a broad range of property consultancy, land valuation and estate agencies… Read more »

We are recruiting!

We bring you an exciting opportunity to join Community Land Scotland. We’re looking for a Development Manager to help us support Scotland’s community landowners and further the promotion of community land ownership throughout Scotland. Community Land Scotland Development Manager Salary: £27,500 p.a Terms: Full time post for up to 3 years Location: Anywhere in Scotland… Read more »

Scottish Land Fund to be extended to urban areas

It has now been confirmed that the new Scottish Land Fund (2016-20) will extend to urban areas. A launch date for the fund, which will have an increased budget of £10million/year, will be advised in due course. If you wish to note an interest contact BIG’s enquiry line on 0300 123 7110 or email

BLOG: How does the Land Reform Bill shape up to international land rights standards?

Community Land Scotland is pleased to publish an important piece of work by Megan MacInnes which analyses the Land Reform Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament against the provisions on the internationally agreed Voluntary Guidance on the Governance of Tenure. This is possibly the first such analysis comparing Scotland’s land reform proposal against internationally agreed… Read more »

Scottish Government funding awarded to promote community land ownership

We’re pleased to announce that the Scottish Government have awarded us £175,000 over the next three years to promote community ownership across Scotland. Chair of Community Land Scotland, Lorne MacLeod said: “Community Land Scotland is delighted that the Scottish Government is recognising through this grant that our organisation and members have an important role to play over… Read more »

Community Right to Buy – Scot Gov Impact Evaluation

The Scottish Government have yesterday (12.10.15) published a report evaluating the impact of community right to buy legislation over the last 10 years. Dr. Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform said “The report identifies examples of successes by community groups purchasing land through Community Right to Buy and also identifies barriers… Read more »