Community Land Scotland Newsletter February 2014
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Greetings all - particularly to those who we met at The Gathering and those who have recently signed up to receive these e-updates; these will be sent out now & then to keep you in the loop on community land news. We've got a busy month ahead in the Spring Party conference season - we will be exhibiting at the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat conferences throughout March (see us at the SNP Autumn conference HERE). Do come & say hello if you are attending any of these!

The Gathering

We enjoyed attending SCVO's The Gathering last week - there was a great buzz & lots of good chat about the community land movement in Scotland. Our congrautulations go to Ciara Duffy & Kate Shaw; both winners in our prize draw of 'From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Top' by James Hunter. The answers to our Community Land Quiz are on our website HERE.

Scottish Land Fund

Earlier this month, nine Scottish communities received awards from the Scottish Land Fund.
Speaking about Aigas Community Forest; our chair - David Cameron - commented;

"This purchase shows the tenacity of communities to win control of important land assets that can help shape a better future. Aigas have been pursuing their dream of purchasing their forest land for a good number of years and I congratulate them on getting so much closer to achieving their goal through this decision to award them funding. The Scottish Land Fund has a vital part to play in helping even more communities win their land and Aigas stands as an inspiration for more communities to follow suit.”

Carloway Ballot

This week the community of The Carloway Estate on the Isle of Lewis voted in favour of a community buyout; see HERE for details. We will continue to support our members The Carloway Estate Trust in the next steps towards a purchase.
Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn took ownership of the Galson Estate in January 2007, with overwhelming support from the local community and financial support from the Scottish Land Fund and Highlands and Islands enterprise. The estate comprises of 616 crofts in 22 crofting townships, located in the North of Lewis, the boundary runs from Upper Barvas to the Butt of Lewis. Last year the Trust erected their first community wind turbine (900kw), for which they were awarded Energy North’s ‘Best Community Project’ Award.
Brighter Still, Galson by Leila Angus

Scottish Rural Parliament

It has been announced that the first ever Scottish Rural Parliament will be held in Oban on 6th-8th November. See HERE for more information. You can also follow their news via Twitter & Facebook.
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Articles of interest:

- In The Western Isles
Niki Seth-Smith (London Review of Books)
Island in Scotland to be First 100% Self-Sustaining Place on Earth
Christina Sarich (Nation of Change)
- Community Energy Strategy aims to take on the six big firms
Robin Yapp (Positive News)

Community Land Ownership - Towards 1Million Acres

In partnership with the Highland Council and Highland and Islands Enterprise, we are running a series of seminars across the Highland Council region on community land ownership, with a particular focus on pre-purchase communities. The first two of these seminars are due to be held in Mallaig and Portree in March. Future seminars are likely to be held in Fort William, Aviemore, Inverness, Ullapool, Helmsdale and Durness.

Tues 25th March 10:00 - 15:00
Mallaig & Morar Community Centre
Wed 26th March 10:00 - 15:00
Tigh na Sgire, Portree

See HERE or contact Ruth for more info

Community Land Scotland Supporters Network
Coming Soon...

This coming spring we will be launching our new website which will coincide with the launch of a new network giving you the opportunity to join up & show your support for our work. You will receive more in depth news from us, help inform our direction and be part of a movement promoting community ownership and a fairer distribution of land in Scotland.
See HERE or Email Ruth
for more info
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