Community Land Scotland Newsletter October 2015
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This month, we mark five years since Community Land Scotland was established and watch with interest the developing debate around land reform in Scotland - remembering its absence from political and public consciousness back when we started. If you didn't catch Alex Thompson's Channel 4 documentary 'Scottish land reform: Are the SNP doing enough?', you can still watch it on youtube

Our 17 founding member communities have grown to the 63 communities across Scotland which we currently represent, and we're pleased to welcome our newest members, Isle of Cumbrae Initiative Community Company and Gallan Head Community Trust.

Our fifth anniversary gives us the chance to celebrate how far we, and our ever growing membership have come in that time. It is also a time to think to the years ahead and the work that needs to be done. Read reflections from our Chair, Lorne Macleod on our turning five years old.

The way forward will be greatly helped by the announcement of funding support from the Scottish Government which we were delighted to receive to promote community land ownership across Scotland. Read More.

How does the Land Reform Bill shape up to international land rights standards?

We have recently published an important piece of work by Megan MacInnes which analyses the Land Reform Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament against the provisions on the internationally agreed Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries.

This is possibly the first such analysis comparing Scotland’s land reform proposal against internationally agreed Guidance on questions of land and tenure.

Read Comparison of the Land Reform Bill to the Voluntary Guidelines on the Governance of Tenure Megan MacInnes, Oct '15

Read Megan's blog explaining the key results and why she undertook the work

We've reached over 2,500 followers on twitter! If you're not one of them, give us a follow for news on #landreform #communityownership #fairerScotland

Arran Community Land Initiative (ACLI) was established in 2013 to advance education, training and skills and advance public participation in recreation by purchasing an area of land where these activities could take place.

A 32 hectare (80 acre) piece of disused farmland in Whiting Bay was bought with a grant from the Scottish Land Fund in December 2014. We hope to transform the land for the economic, social, physical and environmental benefit of the community of Whiting Bay and the Isle of Arran.

Young helpers on the Isle of Arran

Our chairman, Lorne MacLeod, was asked by Carnegie UK Trust to represent them at a conference of European charitable foundations and development practitioners held in Milan on 13 and 14 October.

Lorne was asked to speak about community land ownership in Scotland, and to explain how the successful Scottish model might be replicated elsewhere in Europe, as well as in developing countries.

Lorne commented; "many communities throughout the world are frustrated by their lack of access to land for development purposes, and it is important to come together to discuss ways of tackling issues. The Scottish community land experience is becoming increasingly well known internationally, and it is essential that we share our knowledge and experiences, and offer support to other communities throughout the world."

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You may have missed...

- The Land Reform Bill is a great step but here's why we must push for greater change Lorne Macleod

- Land Reform Rebellion in the SNP's Ranks Dr.Calum Macleod

- Where do you stand on land reform? Lesley Riddoch

- Putting the people first with our land reform plans Aileen McLeod

When Willie Ross spoke of Scotland's anger on land reform David Ross

The Sugar, The Croft and The Black & White Slaves Robert J Somynne  

*FAO Scotland's Land Agents & Chartered Surveyors*

We are holding an information seminar on Tuesday 10th November in Perth to provide land agents, advisors and RICS members with a greater awareness and understanding of community land ownership in Scotland.

If you are interested in attending this event, find out more on our website

This event is funded by the Scottish Government.

"I think joining Community Land Scotland is a very practical step which I hope supports those who are directly involved in tackling the inequalities that exist in land ownership."

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