Case studies and research

Films about our members can be found on the videos page


In Our Hands: Community Ownership in the South of Scotland

Owning Our Future report

Urban Dwelling: a Vision for Urban Community-led Housing in Scotland

Green finance, land reform and a just transition to net zero

Guidance on communities and carbon code (March 2022)

Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency

From Barmulloch to Bonnymuir Green – How community ownership is changing the face of our towns and cities

Home Delivery: community-led housing in rural Scotland

Scoping the classic effects of monopolies within patterns of rural land ownership – a discussion paper

Plantation slavery and landownership in the west Highlands and Islands – legacies and lessons

Built-in Resilience: Community Landowners’ Responses to the Covid19 Crisis

Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018 – Full Report

Urban Community Landownership in Scotland in 2018 – Summary Report

Climate change case studies

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust) case study

Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust case study

Abriachan Forest Trust case study

CLEAR Buckhaven and Methil case study

Huntly and District Development Trust case study

Lister Housing Co-op case study

Housing case studies

These case studies were produced in partnership with South of Scotland Community Housing and the Communities Housing Trust

Achiltibuie housing – Coigach Community Development Company

Closeburn housing – Nith Valley Leaf Trust

Gairloch housing – Achtercairn Development Group

The Grapes –  All Roads Lead to Whithorn

North Main Street – Wigtown and Bladnoch Community Initiative

Moniaive Initatiative and Palnackie Village Shop

Staffin Community Trust housing

Ulva Ferry housing – delivered by Mull and Iona Community Trust


General case studies

Langholm Initiative

Bonnymuir Green Community Trust

Linwood Community Development Trust

Duddingston Village Conservation Society

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

Purchase case study of Aigas Community Forest which was bought from the Forestry Commission

Community Land Scotland Social Impacts Survey Final Report (Full) – February 2015
A study to explore a potential and practical working methodology through which to test how it may be possible to explore and measure dimensions of social benefits deriving from community ownership.

Community Land Scotland SociaL Impacts 2 Page Summary

Community Land Scotland Economic Indicator Report (Full) –  April 2014
A study into the economic impacts of community land ownership, commissioned from 2 independent consultants in late 2013.

Community Land Scotland Economic Indicators Report: 2 Page Summary