Further Reading

Want to know more? Here you’ll find links to websites of interest, recommended reading and articles for you to download.

See our Community Land Ownership Bibliography

Our thanks go to Fiona Mackenzie for putting this together – please note that this is a work in progress, you are welcome to send additional suggestions for inclusion to Fiona


Basedrones  – Malcolm Combe; academic lawyer with an interest in access to land and justice.

Beyond the Horizon – Dr. Calum Macleod; independent researcher and consultant specialising in sustainable rural and regional development.

Land Matters – Andy Wightman; writer, researcher, analyst, commentator and activist on issues of land, power, governance, democracy and money.

Land Action Scotland – A network of individuals who run campaigns which challenge landed power in Scotland and the concentrated pattern of private landownership.

National Network for Change and Community – the blog for thinking people from local and wider global communities

SCVO – supporting, promoting & connecting organisations from across the third sector in Scotland

Third Force News – the voice of Scotland’s Third Sector


Calum Macleod – Land Reform section: website of Calum Macleod; researcher/ consultant specialising in rural and regional development

International Land Coalition – international coalition of organisations, working together to promote secure and equitable access to land for rural people.

Land Matrix – a global and independent land monitoring initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in decisions over land and investment.

Local People Leading – ‘Scottish Community Alliance’; joining together Scotland community sector networks

RCIL – The Scottish Government Register of Community Interests in Land

Scotland: National Rural Network – Connecting Rural Scotland, Promoting Rural Growth

Scottish Land Action Movement – Collective of activists striving to deliver comprehensive and radical land reform in Scotland..

Scottish Review – online current affairs magazine; stimulating discussion of social, economic and cultural issues affecting Scotland

Scottish Rural Parliament – involvement and debate between the people of rural Scotland and policy makers to enable better understanding, improved policy and action to address rural issues

Woodlands Crofts – Encouraging, supporting and advising both existing and prospective woodland crofters


‘Crofting Community Trusts’ Feature
The Crofter, June 2015

A Rural Revolution in Community Land Ownership
Third Force News, 23rd April 2014
Paul Cardwell

Securing Community Land Rights in Scotland
International Land Coalition, 3rd April 2014
Michael Taylor

Scotland Needs Radical Land Reform
Third Force News, 26th March 2014
Susan Smith

Turf War
Holyrood Magazine, March 19th 2014
Liam Kirkaldy

Assessing the Land Reform Process
West Highland Free Press, 11th March 2011
Dr. Calum Macleod

See Press Cuttings for further articles featuring Community Land Scotland, our members or topics of interest


Reflections on Scot’s Land Law’s Continuing Evolution…
Short lecture given by Historian Jim Hunter at a gathering of sheriffs serving in the Grampian, Highland and Islands Sheriffdom (November 2015)

The Land of Scotland and the Common Good
Report of the Land Reform Review Group (May 2014)

432:50 – Towards a comprehensive land reform agenda for Scotland
Briefing paper for the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee (July 2013)

Scottish land reform to date: By European standards, a dismal record
Jim Hunter (June 2013)

Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure
Internationally negotiated document by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) under the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) (May 2012)

Why Community Ownership? Understanding Land Reform in Scotland
Matthew Hoffman, Cornell University USA (2012)

Community Land Ownership and Community Resilience
Dr. Sarah Skerratt, SAC (June 2011)


Recovering from the Clearances – Land Struggle, Resettlement, and Community Ownership in the Hebrides
Ewen A. Cameron (ED.)

Lairds, Land and Sustainability
Jayne Glass, Martin Price, Charles Warren and Alister Scott

Whose Land is Our Land?
Peter Hetherington

The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme
Roger Hutchinson

Set Adrift Upon the World
James Hunter

From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Top – Community Ownership of Land in the Highlands and Islands
James Hunter

The Making of the Crofting Community
James Hunter

A Future for North Harris: The North Harris Trust
Janet Hunter

Our Scots. Noble Families
Thomas Johnson
Argyle Publishing, 1999

Owning the Earth – the Transforming History of Land Ownership
Andro Linklater

We Have Won The Land – the story of the purchase by the Assynt Crofters’ Trust of the North Lochinver
John MacAskill

Places of Possibility – Property, Nature and Community Land Ownership
A. Fiona D. Mackenzie

Who Owns Scotland – A Study in Land Ownership
John McEwen
Polygon Books, 1981

Blossom. What Scotland Needs to Flourish
Lesley Riddoch

Managing Scotland’s Environment
Charles Warren

The Poor Had No Lawyers – Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It
Andy Wightman

The New Road – Charting Scotland’s Inspirational Communities
Alf Young and Ewan Young