Scotland’s first Community Land Week will be held from Saturday 11th August – Sunday 19th August 2018.

Community landowners from all over Scotland will be hosting events which will allow people to see more of what happens on community owned land. Community Land Week is organised by Community Land Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government

Community Land Week 2018 – Events

As part of Community Land Week 2018, the following events will be taking place around Scotland.

Contact details for press enquiries:

Community Land Scotland: Linsay Chalmers 07884 314297

Scottish Government: Alan Bannon 0131 244 9573

Saturday 11th August @ 10.00

Cuairt Oighreachd Charlabhaigh – join Urras Oighreachd Charlabhaigh for a group walk to help test the Bonnet Laird Walk route and celebrate Community Land Week.

The group walk will start from Callanish (Isle of Lewis). The Bonnet Laird Walk has four sections: attendees are welcome to do as many sections as they wish and start / finish at any of the four points listed below.

Callanish to Breasclete

Meet at Callanish Fank (main road) – NB 22410 33006, HS2 9DY

Meet at 10.00 to depart at 10.15.

Breasclete to Tolsta

Meet at Breasclete Fank (Pentland Road) – NB 22576 35537, HS2 9ED

Meet at 11.15 to depart at 11.30.

Tolsta Chaolais to Doune

Meet at Tolsta Chaolais Fank (main road) – NB 20675 37926, HS2 9DW

Meet at 12.45 to depart at 13.00.

Doune to Knock

Doune Braes Hotel (car park in front of hotel) – NB 19648 40132, HS2 9AA

Meet at 14.15 to depart at 14.30.

There will be soup, tea / coffee and baking provided at Carloway School Annexe from 15.00 – 17.00.

Transport will be available to collect cars throughout the afternoon.

If you are planning to attend, please wear suitable footwear and clothing for a moorland walk. Anyone under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

There is no need to book but if you are thinking of attending and / or would like more information please contact Sally on 01851 643 481 or

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Monday 13th August

Isle of Ulva, which has recently passed into community ownership, will be the venue for the official launch of Community Land Week by Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

Monday 13th August @ 11.30

The Knoydart Foundation will be hosting a guided walk and talk on ‘Community Renewables in Action‘. The walk and talk will look at the practicalities of running your own community energy power company! It is a general interest event – not technical. There is also the possibility of a trip to the turbine house but this will require booking (details to be confirmed).

The event will be open to the general public and anyone interested in renewable energy, housing and community land ownership. Attendees are asked to meet at Inverie village hall at 11.30.

Main contact –

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Monday 13th August @ 19.30

Action Porty will be hosting two talks, and a very brief film, on community empowerment and community lands, ‘Global Resurgence of Community Lands – Examples from Kenya and Scotland: What has the law ever done for us?

Milka Chepkorir, a Sengwer community activist, will talk about her community’s attempts to secure a win-win for the community and conservation, and to halt the burning of their homes and evictions from their lands in the name of forest conservation. This will include the opportunities and challenges of trying to use Kenya’s 2016 Community Land Act.

Justin Kenrick, Chair of Action Porty, will talk about the campaign to secure Bellfield for the community, and Portobello’s ongoing attempt to secure a win-win for the community and Edinburgh Council at the Pitz / Westbank site, including the use of the 2016 Land Reform Act and the 2015 Community Empowerment Act.

The event will take place at Portobello’s Old Parish Church, Bellfield and will be open to members of the community and general public. Booking is not necessary but if you are thinking of attending please e-mail

Tuesday 14th August

Sleat Community Trust will be hosting the following two events:

Come and discover Sleat Community Trust, a community group awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service @ 09.30 – 12.00. Hosted by Sleat Community Trust at their offices, this is an opportunity to meet the Trust and discover the activities and range of projects they have been involved with. Areas of interest will involve the Trust’s structure, community broadband, the subsidised taxi services, tourism group, trading and renewable projects, funding, the planned Armadale trading site redevelopment and essential joined up working.

This event is open to other community trusts, the local community and general public.

Armadale Trading Site Redevelopment @ 13.00 – 14.30 – hosted by Sleat Community Trading Company Limited at Sleat Community Trust offices. This will be a specific opportunity to find out about the planned development of the Sleat Community Trust’s trading site at Armadale. Topics will include challenges, funding and plans.

This event is open to other community trusts.

If you would like to attend any of the Sleat events please e-mail

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The Trust will also be hosting an event on August 17th (please see below for details).

Tuesday 14th August @ 11.00

West Harris Trust will be hosting a guided visit to their renewables projects including a visit to the 100kW hydro scheme and 100kW Xant wind turbine. After the tour attendees will return to Talla na Mara for a tour of the building, a brief talk on the aims, objectives and achievements of the Trust and tea / coffee.

Information on how to get to the hydro scheme meeting point can be found here –

The event is open to the whole community and other community land owners. Booking is not required but if you are interested in attending please e-mail

Please meet at Gleann Dudhlinn, Seilebost @ 11.00. The event will finish at 12.30. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

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Thursday 16th August @ 14.00

Garbh Allt is on the Map – celebrating this newly owned community land in Sutherland.

Garbh Allt Community Initiative will be hosting an event to celebrate their newly purchased community owned land, focusing around a flag-waving walk to the Land League Memorial and followed by a ceilidh on the Highland Games field.

The event will be open to the whole community and visitors.

Main contact – Carolyn Smith,

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Thursday 16th August @ 14.00 – 17.00

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust will be hosting a talk by Ian Hepburn, Chairperson of Community Land Scotland, ‘Opportunities: Community ownership in the West of Scotland’. This will cover the story of the community ownership movement to date, and the opportunities for the future. If the weather is good, there may be the opportunity to take a walk around the community-owned Achamore Gardens which are right next to the village hall.

The event will take place at the Isle of Gigha Village Hall, Ardminish, Gigha, PA41 7AD.

The event is open to everyone, local residents and visitors alike. There is no need to book. Tea and coffee will be available.

Main contact – Barney Higgins, / 07796 982 705

Thursday 16th August @ 19.00

The Scottish Land Commission will be hosting a public meeting at Abbey Row Community Centre, Kelso @ 19.00.

Find out more about land reform and the benefits it can bring to you and your community, including:

  • Land for housing and development.
  • Land ownership.
  • Land use decision making.
  • Agricultural land.

This is a free event. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Find out more by visiting or call 0300 244 4452.

Thursday 16th August @ 13.00

South West Mull and Iona Development Trust will be hosting a community event, ‘Tiroran Community Forest – Then and Now‘ which will focus on People, Forestry and Biodiversity & Nature. There will be three stations in the forest each with a local expert who will talk about their subject in relation to what the forest was like post buy-out and what it is like now.

The People station will cover the areas that were cleared in the forest in the late 1800s and the sites for the new woodland crofts and what it could be like again with people living in the forest. This station will be covered by a local historian and one of the potential crofters.

The Forestry station will look at the way the forest was planted in the 1970s and the changes that Forestry Commission Scotland now look for in terms of forest planning and the reasoning behind this. It will also give the Trust a chance to talk about their aspirations in terms of forestry and what their plans are.

The Biodiversity and Nature station will consider the species in the forest and the impact of both the previous and future forest management on this aspect.

The event is open to everyone. There is no need to book but if you are thinking of attending and / or would like more information, please contact Morven – or 01681 700 021.

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Thursday 16th August @ 14.00

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn will be hosting an open afternoon on Thursday 16th August. Join us at 14.00 for a brief talk of the history of the estate right up to the time of the buyout. We will be showing a mini movie of the key milestones and some highlights since the buyout in 2007. You can then grab a coffee and and enjoy the Beatha air a’ mhonadh (life on the moor) photography exhibition which is currently on display at the business centre.

At 15.15 there will be an opportunity to take a guided walk to explore key sites of interest relating to the buyout celebration and the history of Galson.

If anyone wishes there will also be an opportunity at 16.30 to visit the wind energy project in Ballantrushal. This project has been the largest project undertaken by the Trust since the buyout and the income has allowed a Community Investment Programme to be rolled out. Find out more about the project and the various ways it is supporting the community to grow and develop.

Please meet at the UOG Business Centre, Tom na Ba, South Galson, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0SH.

14.00     Community land buyout talk with short movie

14.30     Time to grab a cuppa and enjoy the Beatha air a’ mhonadh photography exhibition

15.15     Guided walk of key sites of interest relating to the buyout celebration and history of Galson

16.30     Guided visit to the community owned Ballantrushal wind turbines site

The event is open to everyone and booking is not required. Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear for the guided walk and / or visit.

Main contact –

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Friday 17th August @ 13.00

A Millennial’s look at Abriachan’s piece of the Millennium Forest for Scotland

Abriachan Forest Trustees, including our millennial Sam Hesling, (Katharine Stewart’s grandson), will lead an interactive walk on Friday 17th August , 13.00-16.00, to the top of Carn na Leitir and, along the way, will highlight some of the biodiversity, social, economic and creative developments which have taken place in the woodland over the past twenty years of community stewardship.

The event is open to everyone who is interested in what community management of land can mean.

Refreshments will be available at the forest classroom before and after the walk, so an intimation of attendees would be helpful for cake production! Please e-mail if you are thinking of attending and / or for further details.

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Friday 17th August @ 10.00

Kilfinan Community Forest, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21 2BD will be hosting an open day for people interested in developing community land; and sharing their experiences of what can be achieved. Friends of Glenan Wood, a neighbouring community, will also be taking part.

How to create and manage Community Woodland

10am – Coffee and introductions. Outline the schedule for the day.

10.45am – Drive to Glenan Wood for guided walk and introduction to the community acquisition project.

12.15pm – Q&A. Return to Kilfinan Community Forest for lunch.

1pm – Kilfinan Community Forest – History and Background

1.30pm – Kilfinan Community Forest – Infrastructure and Development. Short Break.

2.15pm – Kilfinan Community Forest – Engaging with the Community

3pm – Final Q&A with Friends of Glenan Wood and Kilfinan Community Forest.

3.30pm – Finish

The event is open to the public but especially aimed at those involved with community acquisitions and development. There is no need to book but if you are thinking of attending please e-mail

Website –

Friday 17th August @ 10.00

Sleat Community Trust will be hosting a visit to Tormore Forest, a community owned working forest. This event will offer the chance to visit Tormore Forest and discover the work the community has been undertaking – how it was funded, how a working forest works, why diversification is essential, use of timber, renewable projects, current plans and developments.

Attendees are asked to meet at Sleat Community Trust offices at 10.00, moving on to Tormore Forest at 11.00 with the event concluding at 13.00.

The event is open to other community trusts, the local community, general public and visitors.

If you would like to attend any of the Sleat events please e-mail

Website –

Saturday 18th August @ 15.00, Achmore Bridge

Fernaig Community Trust will be hosting an afternoon opening of a new 1.7km footpath on Fernaig land, completed in 2017 – 2018 and funded by SRDP Agri-Environment Climate Scheme, Improving Public Access. After a ‘ribbon cutting’ there will be a guided walk along the path through Trust land followed by a BBQ. There are plans for various fun events e.g. duck (plastic) racing on the burn. All welcome and no booking required.

The date also coincides with the 20th Birthday of Fernaig Community Trust, established in August 1998.

Main contact – Colin McAndrew,

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Saturday 18th August @ 18.00

Findhorn Village Conservation Society will be hosting a Celebration at the Armstrong Garage Site, Linksview, Findhorn, IV36 3YW.

The Society will be hosting a BBQ / BYOB and holding the draw for the raffle that has been running for three months. Prizes include superb malt whiskies, holidays in Findhorn and Ferness, trips to see the dolphins and more. The raffle is to raise funding for the all access David Urquhart memorial pathway along Findhorn Bay.

The event will be open to the Society’s members and associate members, all residents and visitors.

Main contact – Jo Harris,

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Sunday 19th August @ 13.00

Mull of Galloway Trust will be hosting an International Lighthouse Heritage Garden Party from 13.00 – 17.00 which will showcase the history of the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse and explain the role of the foghorn and engines which have just been restored. Attendees will witness the foghorn being blasted – this is the only working foghorn on the Scottish mainland. The Trust will work in partnership with the Kirkmaiden Church who will provide refreshments and home baking, the RSPB and a local Scottish band, Cliff Topp and the Foghorns who will provide the music.

The event will be open to members of the local community, general public, visitors, holiday makers and lighthouse enthusiasts!

Main contact –

More to follow over the coming weeks.