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Community Land Scotland

In memory of Simon Fraser

26 January 2016

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Simon Fraser, a towering figure in the world of community land ownership.

Without the insights, personal commitment and legal work of Simon Fraser the community land ownership movement would not have made the progress it has made to date. Simon was behind the development of the legal structures for community ownership, but his insights on the history and issues around land ownership were constant drivers for the changes he so brilliantly supported in many communities across the Highlands and Islands.

Simon had many, many friends among community land owners, people who respected and trusted him, who sought his wise counsel, and enjoyed his company and humour.

Even while struggling with his health over recent times, Simon was keen to support and help Community Land Scotland shape its thinking around the land reform measures recently and currently before the Scottish Parliament.

Our thoughts are with Simon’s family at this sad time and they will know his loss is felt deeply among those who were privileged enough to know him and share time with him, and who have nothing but the highest respect for a great man.

Lorne MacLeod
Community Land Scotland