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Land Reform (Scotland) Bill Submission

“Community Land Scotland welcomes the introduction of the Bill and many of its specific provisions and while supporting its general principles believes the Bill needs to, and can be, significantly improved and strengthened to achieve the policy objectives outlined in the Policy Memorandum.” Read full stage 1 evidence given by Community Land Scotland: RACCE Committee –… Read more »

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill Consultation

The consultation on the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill at its Stage 1 process in Parliament is currently underway – it will close on Friday 14th August (17.00). It is important those interested in progressing land reform show their support for changes that are proposed, and where they could go further, by taking up the offer to write to… Read more »

*Job Opportunity* Two posts with Barvas Estate Trust

Urras Sgire Oighreachd Bharabhais Community Company (Barvas Estate Trust) will soon be purchasing Barvas Estate on the west side of the Island of Lewis and will be employing two persons for a two year period. The posts include a full time Commercial Manager and part time Estate Administrator. Closing Date for applications is 24th August…. Read more »

Gallan Head Community Ballot

Residents of Aird, Uig on the West Side of Lewis are voting to take ownership of buildings at Gallan Head which have formerly been used by the RAF, the Ministery of Defense, and most recently by NATO. The community hope to develop the site into a dark skies location and, with the possible installation of a… Read more »

Community Trusts feature in The Crofter

We were happy to see coverage of community landownership in June’s edition of ‘The Crofter’, looking into what a buyout means for crofters, how HIE supports crofting communities and detailing the experience of several existing crofting community trusts. Read the feature here  This feature on community trusts was part of the Scottish Crofting Federation’s June issue of “The Crofter”, a regular publication… Read more »

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 »


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 »