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 »

Forestry in Scotland: Statement

12th February 2018 This is a welcome Statement from Scottish Government on future forest management arrangements which largely meets Community Land Scotland objectives set out in our evidence to Parliament. http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Forestry/completingdevolution/statement  

Ulva Buyout Fundraiser

The community of Ulva and Mull have launched a fundraising appeal to help raise the much needed funds towards the community buyout of the Isle of Ulva. North West Mull Community Woodland Company lodged the bid to buy the island and the community now needs to raise funds to support the buyout.  Nicola Sturgeon announced that… Read more »

We are recruiting for a Research Intern: Urban Community Land

Community Land Scotland is recruiting for a short-term Research Intern. This role is an exciting opportunity for a candidate with an interest in community landownership or urban regeneration to undertake original research and influence future policy and practice. We expect the work to take 50 days and the intern will receive the Living Wage of… Read more »

Case studies

Machrihanish Airbase Community Company West Harris Trust Kyle and Lochalsh Development Trust North West Mull Community Woodland Company Cultybraggan Camp an ex-MOD site owned by Comrie Development Trust Purchase case study of Findhorn Village Conservation Trust, which was a sale by negotiation

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 »

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 »