Land and Community

The next Land Reform Bill – launch of consultation

July 22, 2022 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

Land Reform Minister Mairi McAllan

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)– thanks to them for hosting.

Nestled in woods and hills next to Kinghorn Loch, the Centre is a great advertisement for community ownership – it’s a hive of activity, they have a great range of projects on the go. Kudos to the staff from our press office for their efforts to prevent photobombing by assorted wildlife. This included ducks, geese and an inquisitive, energetic springer spaniel (is there any other kind of springer?) who was remarkably well behaved amid all the excitement.

Launch events like this one are the culmination of months of work by the team – they’re also the fun part of this job. Needless to say Ecology Centre Chair Chris Miles wasn’t going to miss the chance to bend the Minister’s ear about the good work done by the Centre – and how much more they could do with more money!

We had a good turnout from a wide range of stakeholders – we had a wee Question Time – really interesting to get initial reactions and questions. Chair of the Scottish Land Commission Andrew Thin was on hand to help with the answers.

The Scottish Land Commission was set up to ‘stimulate fresh thinking, support change on the ground, and make recommendations to Scottish Ministers for legislative change’. They’ve been delivering on their brief – their work on the scale and concentration of land ownership has laid the foundation for the measures we put forward in the consultation – you can read about it here:

https://www.landcommission.gov.scot/our-work/ownership/scale-and-concentration-of-land-ownership

This launch is the start of a consultation that runs to the 25 September – if you have an interest in land reform and related matters, please do look up the consultation paper and let us have your views.


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