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Community Land Scotland

The festival of community landowners

Two women play music in front of a green wall on which is written 'GalGael'

The fifth Community Land Week festival has come to a close, winding down a flurry of events and gatherings that have taken place across Scotland. Despite the challenges presented by Storm Babet, communities turned out in force to celebrate. 

For the first time ever, Community Land Week spanned just over a fortnight. Running from 13th October to 29th it gave plenty of opportunity for over 40 participating communities to come together, share their visions for the future, get creative, and celebrate all they have achieved.

We saw a record total of over 60 stand-alone events being organised with all types of activities taking place. There were woodland walks and community planning sessions, there were ceilidhs and exhibitions and tree planting days. And of course there were harvest festivals and Halloween events that connected, inspired and celebrated communities.

Some of the most popular types of events were:

Event Type Number of Events
Craft sessions
Halloween events
Information session
Tree-planting initiatives

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who mobilised to make all of these events such a success. The numbers are still coming in, but it is clear that over the course of the festival, thousands of people from all across Scotland attended their local celebrations.

A man with a cap smiles as he stands behind a table filled with vegetables
A display of local veg and honey at The Inverclyde Shed.

Community Land Week is coordinated by Community Land Scotland and the Scottish Government Community Land Team.

North Edinburgh Arts hosted a tour of their new facilities, offering key stakeholders a sneak peak at the new centre.
Port Bannatyne Development trust hosted a series of music nights at The Anchor, their community-owned pub.
Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) hosted a trivia night that celebrated the history and people of the estate.
Beatroute Arts in Glasgow celebrated for a whole week, using Community Land Week as a way to tell their story of community ownership to their members.
Easter Breich Community Woodland rolled out the red marquis and stocked up on cakes to welcome local residents to an open day. Visitors learned about the buyout, and about the current projects of the group.
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