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


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