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10th anniversary of Galson Estate buyout

This month sees the 10th anniversary of the buyout of the Galson Estate on Lewis by the Galson Estate Trust (Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn). At 56,000 acres and containing 22 crofting townships, the buyout is one of Scotland’s largest. Three quarters of the population of the estate are members of the Trust and when they voted… Read more »

Dec 2016: Community Land Scotland has a new Chair

On Friday 16th December, Lorne MacLeod stood down as Chair of Community Land Scotland to take up a new role as one of Scotland’s six Land Commissioners. We wish Lorne the best of luck in this important new role and thank him for his contribution to Community Land Scotland and, in particular, the many unpaid… Read more »

Response to consultation on the Register of Controlling Interests in Land

Community Land Scotland has responded to the current Scottish Government consultation on the creation of the new `Register of Controlling Interests in Land’. This new register is required by the 2016 Land Reform (Scotland) Act and was a matter strongly argued for by CLS during the passage of the Bill through Parliament, in order to… Read more »

Community land oral history project kicks off

Applications are now open for volunteers who would like to participate in a project capturing the oral history of community land buyouts in Harris and Lewis. Community Land Scotland has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to capture people’s personal experiences of the buyouts on North Harris, Scalpay, West Harris and the Galson Estate…. Read more »

Galson Estate community plans bright future

The Galson Estate community is aiming high with an ambitious new vision. A bold strategic plan for the area was launched at the Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn 2016 Annual General Meeting last Friday. The Plan seeks to exploit some £8m of wind energy income across the community over the next 20 years. Feedback from the community… Read more »

Scotland’s largest land buyout potentially on cards

A new organisation, East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust (ELLCT), has been set up with the aim of buying the Rio Tinto Alcan estate near Fort William. The estate which includes the Lochaber smelter, associated hydro assets and around 125,000 acres of land has been under review by Rio Tinto Alcan. The Trust isn’t aiming… Read more »

Cabinet Secretary welcomes launch of protocol for negotiated sales

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform gave the opening address at the Community Land Scotland Conference in Stornoway today. During her speech she welcomed the launch of the new Protocol for Negotiated Sales which will provide a road map for facilitating negotiated sales of land from willing private landowners to… Read more »

New Global Call to Action film about Eigg

As part of the Global Call to Action, a campaign to double the global area of land legally recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples and communities by 2020, an inspiring new short film about the community buyout on the Isle of Eigg has been released. The film covers the story of Sarah Boden,… Read more »

Congratulations to Keose Glebe – new community landowners in Lewis

Congratulations and best wishes are due to our members Keose Glebe Steering Group who on Friday (25th March 2016)announced it’s completion of the purchase of the c.1,200 acre estate on the Isle of Lewis. The estate will now be operated on behalf of the community by Keose Glebe Estate Ltd – a not for profit company, which is seeking charitable… Read more »

Consultation: community right to buy abandoned / neglected / detrimental land

The Scottish Government’s Community Land Team is holding a consultation on proposals for secondary legislation for the community right to buy abandoned, neglected or detrimental land. Community Land Scotland will be making a response to this and will be consulting its members in due course. A copy of the consultation can be accessed here. The consultation seeks… Read more »