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Low Carbon Infrastructure Grant to West Harris

One of our members, the West Harris Trust have been awarded a grant from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme which supports the development of low-carbon projects across Scotland. The grant will enable the Trust to look into the potential for a wave energy device in the Sound of Taransay, and carry out a feasibility study for the creation of a… Read more »

UHI seek views on potential for new Rural Masters in Business Administration

The University of the Highland & Islands is carrying out market research for a proposed Rural MBA programme which will combine modules in business administration with those on natural resource management in a flexible online learning format. If the course is developed, it will provide an opportunity for those with academic and/or industry experience to… Read more »

Policy Director Peter Peacock speaks at Scotsman Conference on Land Reform

Policy Director of Community Land Scotland spoke today (2nd June) at the Scotsman Conference on Land Reform held at the National Gallery, Edinburgh. The Scottish Government has put land reform at the heart of its legislative programme ahead of the 2016 Holyrood election, with a promise to ensure Scotland’s land is “an asset that benefits the many, not the few”…. Read more »

Urras Energy Lays Foundations

Wind energy construction works for Urras Energy Society are continuing apace on the west side of Lewis. The wind turbine bases at Ballantrushal were completed last week as Urras Energy gears up for arrival of two Enercon tubines at the end of June. Enercon’s  sub-contractors made good progress with excavations, fixing steel reinforcement and concrete… Read more »

NEW CHAIRMAN OF COMMUNITY LAND SCOTLAND

Lorne MacLeod has been elected as the new Chairman of the representative body for community landowners in Scotland. Community Land Scotland has 57 members from throughout Scotland, including some well known and high profile buyout groups in Eigg, Knoydart, Assynt, and Harris. There are currently over 500,000 acres of land in Scotland in community ownership,… Read more »

Community Land Scotland Annual Conference 2015 Speeches

  Professor Jim Hunter speaking at Community Land Scotland’s Annual Conference 2015 Opening Address by Professor Jim Hunter Thursday 21 May Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Conference Address by Dr Aileen McLeod *should be checked against delivery Friday 22 May Rob Gibson MSP, Convenor of Rural Affairs, Climate Change… Read more »

Giant Step Forward for Community Purchase of Pairc Estate

Pairc Trust, who have been trying to buy the Pairc Estate in south-east Lewis on behalf of the local community for the past 11 years, have now concluded missives for an amicable estate transfer from the current private landlord, it was announced at the Trust’s AGM on Thursday 14th May. The date of entry is… Read more »

Dynamic individual required to take forward ACT Argyll

ACT Argyll is a new company owned by the charity Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust.  ACT Argyll delivers environmental contracts for a range of partners whilst offering a progressive structure for training and skills. Skills and Contracts Manager Required to lead, manage and secure ongoing contract work for our teams in Oban… Read more »

Successful acquisition of Carloway Estate by the community

Press Release from Carloway Estate Trust 1st May 2015 Today signifies a great step forward for Carloway Estate Trust, we have been on a three year journey which proved to be exciting, challenging and hard working but we have now achieved the goal that the community entrusted us with, and we see it as a great… Read more »

Official launch of Campbeltown’s Discover Space UK bid

Today Machrihanish Airbase Community Company are officially launching Campbeltown’s Discover Space UK bid to become the UK’s first spaceport – revealing it is the only shortlisted candidate already twice approved for space flight. The community-owned airbase in Machrihanish in Kintyre – nicknamed ‘the UK’s Area 51’– is one of five sites shortlisted by the UK Government… Read more »