Sending warm festive wishes as we come to the end of another year in which the debate on land reform has deepened, and more land has come into community ownership. Notably, we are pleased to be able to extend our congratulations and best wishes for the future to the Pairc community on the Isle of Lewis, who have recently taken ownership of the Pairc Estate after 13 years. The buyout means that 70% of the population of the Western Isles are now living on community owned estates, and brings Scotland over the 500,000-acre-in-community-ownership mark.
We've welcomed the publication of the Land Reform Bill Stage 1 report, and the Scottish government's action plan on reaching their target of one million acres into community ownership by 2020 (see below for links). Keeping up our international focus, we've also put our voice to the global call to action on indigenous and community land rights; watch this short video on the campaign / follow @Global_Call_
We look forward to continuing to support and be inspired by our 63 member communities, and welcoming more, throughout 2016.
Wishing you a peaceful Christmas time, from all at Community Land Scotland
Nollaig Chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr