Videos and webinars

This page includes a selection of recommended short videos, documentaries and recordings of CLS webinars.

Community Land Scotland videos

Help us Build a Better Scotland

Selling to community landowners

Bridgend Farmhouse in Edinburgh

Midsteeple Quarter in Dumfries

Machrihanish Airbase Community Company

West Harris Trust

Community Land Stories: hear the experiences of three people involved in community land buyouts

What is community landownership?: a two and half minute animated guide to community landownership

For more to watch, visit our Vimeo channel.

Videos about community landowners

Video by CommonSpace about – our 2020 South of Scotland conference

Community Land Week 2018 – Fernaig Community Trust

Community Land Week 2018 – Isle of Ulva

Community Land Week 2018 – Carloway Estate Trust

Community Land Week 2018 – West Harris Trust

Community Land Week 2018 – Kilfinan Community Forest

Community Land Week 2018 – Mull of Galloway Trust

Community Land Week 2018 – Action Porty

A Common Right: Eigg – a short film made as part of the Global Call to Action from Land Rights Now


A full list of all our webinars are available on our Vimeo channel.

1st June – Communities and the Carbon Code webinar Is your community interested in woodland creation or have you recently planted trees? Do you own or are interested in owning other natural assets – such as peatland, agricultural land or foreshore and seabed? Are you aware of the opportunities for communities through the Carbon Codes and the sale of other ecosystem services? This webinar is being jointly hosted by Community Land Scotland and the Community Woodlands Association. There is a range of speakers including woodland carbon code experts and communities who are going through the process of registering and validating their assets.

25th May – Ownerless land: an introduction Bringing ownerless land into productive use through community ownership can seem daunting, but it is achievable. Join us for this webinar to hear about how Culduthel Community Woods and South Islay Development tackled this issue – and the support and information that is available through Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Land Commission

24th March – ‘Community Landowners and the Climate Emergency’ Launch of Research Report and Case-Studies. More information on the report and case studies can be found here.

22nd March – No Longer Just a Rural Story: Reflecting on five years of urban land reform. More information can be found here.

1st March Rural Repopulation in the South – Addressing Barriers to Renewed Communities. In this webinar our panel of speakers discuss the issue of repopulation in the South of Scotland, focussing on areas such as affordable housing and employment opportunities. Hear how communities in the South are at the leading edge in responding to the need to revive our rural towns and villages. We are also joined by Murdo Mackay from West Harris Trust who shares how the lack of young people on the estate ignited their plans to successfully tackle their own repopulation issues.

26th Feb Plantation Slavery and Landownership the West Highlands and Islands: Legacies and Lessons. In this webinar Dr Iain MacKinnon of Coventry University and Dr Andrew Mackillop of the University of Glasgow discuss their ground-breaking research report titled ‘Plantation Slavery and Landownership in the West Highlands and Islands: Legacies and Lessons’. The research has been published by Community Land Scotland as the first in our new discussion paper series on ‘Land and the Common Good’. The webinar is chaired by Peter Peacock and also includes contributions from Dr Jennifer Melville, leader of the National Trust for Scotland’s ‘Facing Our Past’ project and Dr Calum MacLeod, Community Land Scotland’s policy director. Following the contributions from our speakers there is a Question and Answer session to discuss the implications of the research and its wider contemporary relevance.

9th Feb Meet the Members: At the Heart of Communities: Shops and Pubs.  Join Community Land Scotland and four guest speakers from community owned shops and pubs, Iain McNicol – Appin Community Cooperative, Peter Sutherland – the Black Bull pub in Gartmore, Rachael Thomson – Morebattle Community Shop and Hannah Ewan – Community Carrot Dunbar to hear about how each of these organisations developed their plans, how they acquired funding for their projects, the hurdles they faced, how the local community got on board and all the benefits that community owned shops and pubs have brought to their communities.

We are also delighted to welcome Chris Cowcher from the Plunkett Foundation and Morven Lyon from Community Shares Scotland. Chris and Morven will be sharing their experience of supporting communities across the UK and Scotland to purchase their local shops and pubs.

24 + 25th Jan Community Ownership – Shaping the Future of Our Towns. A two-part online event in collaboration with Carnegie UK Trust which explored the opportunities and challenges associated with community ownership in towns. The challenges facing towns are not new but have become even more acute over the course of the pandemic. With a real need to rethink the regeneration of towns we facilitate a thought-provoking event that brought together a range of perspectives from some of the pioneering groups and organisations taking on this challenge.

10th Dec 2020 Community land ownership in the South of Scotland: The rise in interest and on-going potential for the region. Join Community Land Scotland and a panel of speakers for a dynamic and vibrant discussion about the growth of community land ownership in the South of Scotland. With the inception of the new South of Scotland enterprise and recent high profile buy outs, the South of Scotland is seeing a wealth of interest and on going progress of people wanting to take ownership and revive their communities. From innovative housing projects to impressive high street redevelopment and the largest land buy out to date, there will be a great deal to celebrate and discuss. Looking to the future too and the development of these fantastic initiatives as well as how SOSE can work with communities to continue this fantastic growing trend.

24th Nov 2020 Meet the Pioneers: Community housing: Built with love. Guest speakers Hugh Ross – Staffin Community Trust, Julia Muir Watt – All Roads Lead to Whithorn, Helen MacDonald – Mull and Iona Community Trust and Tim Crabtree  – Wessex Community Assets, to hear about how each of these organisations developed their housing plans, how they acquired funding for the build, the hurdles they faced, their experience of working with contractors, the process of getting tenants for the houses and all the benefits that community-owned housing has brought to their communities.

19th Nov 2020 – ‘Community buyouts through negotiation: Your Journey, avoiding the bumps on the road’ webinar series: 1.From Idea to Offer, 2.From Offer to Acquisition and 3. Day One of Being a Community Landowner

18th Nov 2020 – Land Rights and Responsibilities: Creating opportunities for community ownership of land. Land Rights and Responsibilities: Creating opportunities for community ownership of land.

29th Oct 2020 – Meet the Pioneers: Renewables Trailblazers – Community Driven Power. Guest speakers Malcolm McMillan from Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (solar), Moray Finch from Mull and Iona Community Trust (micro-hydro) and Jamie Adam from Isle of Canna Community Development Trust (wind) tell us their stories of installing and using renewable energy for their communities.

28th Sept 2020 –  Meet the Pioneers. The Western Isles: An Inspiration  Guest speakers, Calum Mackay from North Harris Trust, Angus McDowall from The Pairc Trust and Murdo Mackay from West Harris Trust join us to hear about their inspirational journeys as community landowners.

June 2020 – Introduction to community ownership

June 2020 – Right to Buy to Further Sustainable Development 

16th January 2018 – Introduction to Community Landownership.  Presentations from Linsay Chalmers, CLS. Angela Williams, Knoydart Foundation and Carola Bell, Galson Estate Trust.

16th October 2017 – Hutting Webinar An introduction to Hutting from Reforesting Scotland.

  • Scottish Land Fund

Promotional video for the Scottish Land Fund, created by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • International Land Coalition – Global Call to Action

Voices from around the world, ours included, calling for global action on indigenous and community land rights.

  • Why you can’t afford to buy a house and how to fix it, Laurie Macfarlane

  • BBC Scotland Investigates “The Men Who Own Scotland” – January 2014

Meet the powerful – and usually very private – people who own much of our country. Reporter David Miller goes in search of Scotland’s landowners and asks whether it’s fair that less than one per cent of Scots own over half of all Scotland’s private land.

  • A million acres in community ownership by 2020 – 7th June 2013

First Minister Alex Salmond announces target at the Community Land Scotland Annual Conference 2013

  • Launch of Community Land Ownership and Community Resilience Report – July 2011

A short video about the launch of the SAC Rural Policy Centre report on community land ownership and community resilience.

  • Ten Year Anniversary of the Isle of Eigg Buyout – August 2010

Residents on the Hebridean island of Eigg are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their historic community buy-out.

  • The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil 

Complete version of the play by The 7-84 Touring Theatre Company, as performed in 1974