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This year’s conference – Own Yersel Scotland: Reimagining the future – invites participants to imagine the future they want to see for community landownership and land reform in Scotland. Our members are world-leading, creative and hard-working, but the journey towards and beyond ownership can be full of unnecessary hurdles. In this historic year for community ownership, we want to hear your ideas about creating a legislative, funding and policy environment that genuinely enables and achieves change.

The conference is split into two distinct parts. The first day will have a traditional conference structure, with opportunities to learn from other community landowners.

On the second day, we’ll be looking how we can create that supportive environment. Attendees will be able to pick their own sessions and build on all the conversations that have developed on the first day – from ideas raised at the plenary sessions and workshops, to the impromptu conversations that have happened over coffee or in passing.

Following these break-out sessions, delegates will reconvene for a plenary session which will tie together discussions over the two days and share the ideas and actions that delegates have developed. At the end of the conference, we plan to publish a declaration, which Community Land Scotland will use to create change in the policy and support environment.

Join the conversation on 10 & 11 May at the Perth Theatre and help rewrite the future of community ownership and land reform in Scotland.

Please make sure to read the “Workshops” tab before you register, as you will be asked to select your workshop choices.

Conference Programme:

13:00 – 14:00      Opening Plenary

Welcome from Chair

Community Ownership in 2024: This session features three speakers who will explore how community ownership can be made more sustainable through land reform, cultural connection to the land, and engagement with the next generation. Following the presentations, Ailsa Raeburn will moderate a discussion between the speakers and the delegates.

14:15 – 15:00      Workshop session A

* Economic case for Community Ownership
* Safeguarding our story: Storytelling and living heritage as community assets

15:00 – 15:30      Tea/Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15      Workshop session B

* Update on the Land Reform Bill
* Keeping the heart in your community: Resisting gentrification
* Biodiversity on a small scale

16:30 – 17:30      Afternoon plenary

Community story

A personal reflection on Scottish land reform
Michael Russell, Chair of Scottish Land Commission

Three Bold Ideas: What community empowerment really means: Three speakers will have five minutes each to pitch their radical idea of a bold change needed in Scotland’s land ownership. Following the pitches, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and debate the proposals. More details coming soon.

Gearing up for Day Two: Before we adjourn for the evening, Linsay Chalmers and Josh Doble will synthesise feedback that has emerged from delegates throughout the day by reviewing the key points on Mentimeter. This session will set the scene for the open format discussions that will take place on Saturday.

19:00     Conference dinner and musical performance

The Royal George Hotel

Following dinner at the Royal George, delegates will enjoy a musical performance from Gaelic singer and musician Claire Frances Macneil. In conversation with Agnes Rennie, Claire Frances, a Barra native, will perform songs connected to land, people and place.  

21:00     After hours gathering at Cullach Brewing

Cullach Brewing
50 Princes Street, Perth, PH2 8LJ

Today we shift our format, from a traditional conference set-up with presenters and audience, to a delegate-led series of discussions and break-out spaces.

9:30 – 10:00        Opening session: This session will set the agenda for the day. We’ll discuss how the break-out groups will work, and show how delegates can propose discussion sessions. Once we’ve developed our list of sessions, we will assign spaces and hosts for each discussion.

10:00 – 11:30      Scoping our ambitions: Delegate-led discussion sessions. The Community Land Scotland team will be on hand to capture notes from each session and help facilitate, but this session is about the conversations and discussions that you want to have.  

11:30 – 12:00     Tea/Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00      Prioritising our needs: This plenary session, facilitated by Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager, and Josh Doble, Policy Manager, will aim to synthesise the discussions from the morning session, prioritising and shaping ideas for a declaration which will be published following the conference.

13:00 – 14:00      Lunch

Workshop Session A (pick one):

Economic Case for Community Ownership

Community landownership is now an accepted part of the political discussion in Scotland, but often the case for community ownership is made as a moral or ethical one, not an economic one. In 2024/25 we want to build the economic case for community ownership, demonstrating what our sector contributes to local and national economies.

Safeguarding Our Story: Storytelling and living heritage as community assets

This workshop will explore Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), its growing recognition in the UK and its long and important use in Scotland. With the moves by the UK Government to ratify the UNESCO convention on safeguarding ICH, after many years of refusing to do so, we will explore the global context, the path that has led us here and the opportunities to be had by engaging with these assets as a community. Delegates in this workshop will discuss examples of how ICH is already being used by community landowners, identify best practice, and consider what is to be gained by safeguarding ICH effectively. As stewards of our local communities, we play a pivotal role in ensuring that the rich cultural traditions, stories and understanding continue to thrive for generations to come.

Workshop Session B (pick one):

Update on the Land Reform Bill

In this workshop we will provide an update on the Land Reform Bill which was introduced to Parliament in mid-March. We will discuss our initial thoughts on the Bill, the strengths, weaknesses and areas we hope to see some development and will be seeking amendments. We would appreciate attendees own thoughts on the opportunities and challenges the Bill presents.

Keeping the heart in your community: Resisting gentrification

What happens when your area changes due to forces beyond your control? How do you ensure that long-term residents and community organisations aren’t squeezed out? In this workshop, delegates will explore the challenges that can arise from gentrification.  When your organisation is leading on regeneration, how do you increase quality of life for the existing community without falling into the gentrification trap?

Biodiversity on a small scale

Communities often identify ‘left-over’ or neglected bits of land, where they see the potential to form community gardens or somewhere to host a bee-hive. These small-scale projects can dramatically increase the biodiversity of an area and improve our quality of life in return. In this workshop, delegates will hear from communities who have created small-scale biodiversity projects. There will be space to share learning from your own similar projects, and to discuss funding opportunities, value, and connectivity.

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2024 Annual Conference

10 May * 12:00 pm - 11 May * 12:00 pm

Free – £265.00

Own Yersel Scotland: Reimagining the future

Fri 10 May – 13:00 – 17:30 (lunch available from 12:00 – 13:00)
Sat 11 May – 09:30 – 13:00 (lunch available from 13:00 – 14:00)

This year’s conference – Own Yersel Scotland: Reimagining the future – invites participants to imagine the future they want to see for community landownership and land reform in Scotland. Our members are world-leading, creative and hard-working, but the journey towards and beyond ownership can be full of unnecessary hurdles – and is particularly challenging at the moment due to a shrinking public sector and cost of living pressures. In this historic year for community ownership, we want to hear your ideas about creating a legislative, funding and policy environment that genuinely enables and achieves change.

The conference is split into two distinct parts. The first day will have a traditional conference structure, with opportunities to learn from other community landowners. On the second day, we’ll be looking at how we can create that supportive environment. Attendees will be able to pick their own sessions and build on all the conversations that have developed on the first day – from ideas raised at the plenary sessions and workshops, to the impromptu conversations that have happened over coffee or in passing.

Following these break-out sessions, delegates will reconvene for a plenary session which will tie together discussions over the two days and share the ideas and actions that delegates have developed. At the end of the conference, we plan to publish a declaration, which Community Land Scotland will use to create change in the policy and support environment.

Join the conversation on 10 & 11 May at the Perth Theatre and help rewrite the future of community ownership and land reform in Scotland.

 

You will have the opportunity to book your workshops during registration. The choices are:

Workshop Session A (pick one):

Economic Case for Community Ownership

Community landownership is now an accepted part of the political discussion in Scotland, but often the case for community ownership is made as a moral or ethical one, not an economic one. In 2024/25 we want to build the economic case for community ownership, demonstrating what our sector contributes to local and national economies.

Safeguarding Our Story: Storytelling and living heritage as community assets

This workshop will explore Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), its growing recognition in the UK and its long and important use in Scotland. With the moves by the UK Government to ratify the UNESCO convention on safeguarding ICH, after many years of refusing to do so, we will explore the global context, the path that has led us here and the opportunities to be had by engaging with these assets as a community. Delegates in this workshop will discuss examples of how ICH is already being used by community landowners, identify best practice, and consider what is to be gained by safeguarding ICH effectively. As stewards of our local communities, we play a pivotal role in ensuring that the rich cultural traditions, stories and understanding continue to thrive for generations to come.

Workshop Session B (pick one):

Update on the Land Reform Bill

In this workshop we will provide an update on the Land Reform Bill which was introduced to Parliament in mid-March. We will discuss our initial thoughts on the Bill, the strengths, weaknesses and areas we hope to see some development and will be seeking amendments. We would appreciate attendees own thoughts on the opportunities and challenges the Bill presents.

Keeping the heart in your community: Resisting gentrification

What happens when your area changes due to forces beyond your control? How do you ensure that long-term residents and community organisations aren’t squeezed out? In this workshop, delegates will explore the challenges that can arise from gentrification.  When your organisation is leading on regeneration, how do you increase quality of life for the existing community without falling into the gentrification trap?

Biodiversity on a small scale

Communities often identify ‘left-over’ or neglected bits of land, where they see the potential to form community gardens or somewhere to host a bee-hive. These small-scale projects can dramatically increase the biodiversity of an area and improve our quality of life in return. In this workshop, delegates will hear from communities who have created small-scale biodiversity projects. There will be space to share learning from your own similar projects, and to discuss funding opportunities, value, and connectivity.

Select your registration level below. Please note that you will need to book your conference dinner place in addition to your conference booking.

If you have questions, please contact Meg.

Tickets

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Organisational supporter delegate
£90.00
Individual delegate
£150.00
Exhibitor
Once you have completed your exhibitor registration, you will be contacted for additional information about your organisations and set-up needs.
£265.00
Conference Welcome Dinner
Join us after the first day of the conference for a dinner at The Royal George Hotel
£40.00
Member delegate
£60.00
Student delegate
£60.00
0 available
Sold Out
Supporter delegate
Available to monthly or annual supporters of Community Land Scotland. www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/support-us/become-a-supporter/
£90.00

Details

Start:
10 May * 12:00 pm
End:
11 May * 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free – £265.00
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Venue

Perth Theatre
185 High Street
Perth, PH1 5UW United Kingdom
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