There is a growing interest in the wider benefits of community land ownership – the local residents and crofters of Great Bernera have expressed an aspiration to investigate the opportunities and feasibility of community buyout of the Great Bernera Estate in Lewis. The current owners have agreed to sell the Estate to the community of Great Bernera and it is envisaged that an amicable purchase price can be negotiated.
In order to assist the community in assessing the benefits of community ownership a feasibility study is required to identify economic, social and environmental potential of the Estate. This initial feasibility study is intended to address the viability of community ownership. It should be recognised as a priority to the Development Trust that proposal and initiatives should aim to create sustainable employment.
The lead group responsible for commissioning this study is Great Bernera Community Development Trust, all of who were elected at a public meeting, the Trust is comprised of 14 residents who live and work in and around the local community.