Land and Community

  • Land Reform Bill Consultation – Langholm, 20 July 2022

    25th July 2022 by

    Our first consultation meeting on the next Land Reform Bill is in Langholm, in Dumfries and Galloway – the ‘Muckle Toon’. It’s in the Buccleuch Centre. As lively an arts venue as you will find anywhere, it’s a superb facility, with a large airy auditorium, a café (looks like the business), and a bar. Aly...

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  • The next Land Reform Bill – launch of consultation

    22nd July 2022 by

    Thursday 4 July 2022 To Kinghorn in Fife for the launch of our consultation on the next Land Reform Bill – check out the details here: Land reform in a Net Zero Nation: consultation paper – gov.scot (www.gov.scot) Venue for the launch was the Ecology Centre in Kinghorn  Fife | Home | Ecology Centre (theecologycentre.org)–...

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  • Newcastleton: it’s a Vision Thing

    15th October 2021 by

    Newcastleton, in Liddesdale is about as deep in the Borders as you can go. Roll over one or two more hills and you’re in sight of Hadrian’s Wall. The village – known locally as Copshaw Holm, has been described as a ‘landlocked island’ – reaching it via any form of transport has its challenges. School...

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  • Community Land Week is back!

    6th October 2021 by

    Community Land Week is back, but post covid, this year will be slightly different. With all the challenges thrown up by the pandemic, we decided to celebrate this year’s CLW with ten community groups which have taken ownership over the last year. They thoroughly deserve their moment in the spotlight! Community owners have had a...

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  • Dunshalt: reinventing the village shop

    13th February 2020 by

    The Scottish Land Fund is seeing more and more applications from communities in rural parts of Scotland, who want to save their village shop. Internet shopping, car ownership/use, and competition from the discounters, are all playing their part in the steady decline of local shops.  This is happening in towns and cities as well, but...

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  • Ochiltree Community Hub

    8th October 2019 by

    On a cool, cloudy October day, the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo are fizzling out overhead, and I’m headed to Ochiltree in East Ayrshire for the opening of their new Community Hub.  Overnight temperatures have dipped, and reds, browns and golds tinge the trees and bracken: autumn is making its presence felt. The dull greens of...

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  • “A’ The Airts”, Sanquhar

    19th August 2019 by

    On a sunny, breezy August afternoon I take the A703 south to Sanquhar, in Dumfries and Galloway. It’s Community Land Week, and “A’ the Airts”, a community hub based in a historic building in this attractive town, is screening a film, and putting on a spread. The film focuses on the role of the arts...

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  • Morebattle

    5th August 2019 by

    Morebattle lies at the foot of the Cheviots, seven miles south of Kelso, so deep in the Borders that only one or two hamlets and a few hills are left before you reach Northumberland. We’re in the middle of a short but very intense heatwave: 30C is forecast. Sheep huddle into the shade of trees,...

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  • Bonnymuir Green, Aberdeen

    29th July 2019 by

    It’s high summer and from the exuberance of spring, the Scottish countryside is now settling into a more subdued palette of greens. Fields of barley are not yet cut but are beginning to dapple yellow. The cerise of rosebay willowherb is taking over from the foxgloves, whose thimbles have opened, one by one, until they...

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  • MACH 1 – Machrihanish Airbase Community Company

    16th July 2019 by

    Communities use their land and buildings for many activities but Mach 1 is definitely one of the more unusual ones. The former MoD airbase at Machrihanish, Argyll, now owned by the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company, is the venue for one of the big tarmac rally events on Dunfermline Car’s Club’s racing calendar. The play on...

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