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New Group puts Spotlight on Rural Repopulation and Renewal

A new Rural Repopulation and Renewal Working Group comprised of Community Land Scotland, Development Trusts Association Scotland, The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been formed to explore ways to encourage more people to live and work in rural parts of Scotland.  It follows recent Scottish Government-commissioned research by The… Read more »


Few 19-year olds can claim to be on the board of an organisation with multi-million pound assets.    But one who can is Brandon Clements. He has just become a director of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust (IGHT), the community-led body which completed the historic buyout of the island in 2002. Now back working… Read more »

Scottish Government Community Right to Buy events

The Scottish Government Community Land Team are holding a pilot series of free events in 2019.  The events will give an overview of the various types of community rights to buy that communities can use, practical advice on how to become a compliant body and the application processes. The proposed roadshow locations are noted below… Read more »

Ulva wants to hear from potential residents and businesses

The 21st of June 2018 was a historical date for the Isle of Ulva, a small island on the West Coast of Scotland. Ulva was the subject of a successful community buy-out after the private owner placed the island on the market. The community of Ulva, represented by North West Mull Community Woodland Company Ltd… Read more »

Consultant sought for Community Land Hub feasibility study

Community Land Scotland is seeking a consultant to produce a feasibility study on the setting up of a pilot Community Land Hub that would support communities and open up access to land at a city-wide or regional level The Call for Bids can be found here: The closing date is 26th October 2018

Communities feel “locked out” out by Scottish landscape policy, according to major new research

Major new research into Scottish landscape conservation policies has found that communities are being excluded from participating in development decisions that affect the areas they live in. This ‘participation deficit’ is in part because of long-standing ‘fence and exclude’ conservation models, which single out ‘special’ landscapes for protection. And the report’s author has called for… Read more »

Community Land Scotland welcomes growth in young people in Uist

New research has shown a striking growth in the number of young people either returning to live in Uist or moving there for the first time. Most of the islands of Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula have been in community ownership for eleven years during which time the number of births has gone up by… Read more »

Community Land Scotland publishes Report on Land Ownership Transparency in Scotland.

  Community Land Scotland (CLS) has today published ‘Towards Land Ownership Transparency in Scotland’, part of a larger study led by Transparency International to test a framework for assessing land ownership transparency within countries.  The framework was presented at ‘Land Governance in an Interconnected World’, the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in… Read more »