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Community Land Scotland Newsletter October 2014
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Community Land Scotland tours the Highlands

Throughout the month of November, Community Land Scotland with the Highland Council will be holding a series of seminars across the region for those who are considering buying land and invited people and organisations who have an interest in community land ownership.

The events will answer the question “Why community land ownership?” and outline the support that can be offered to communities throughout the process from initial idea to the morning of ownership.

The seminars are free of charge for aspiring communities and people involved in community ownership development. Seminars will be held at the following locations in November at Helmsdale (12th), Durness (13th), Ullapool (14th), Inverness area (18th), Aviemore (19th) and Fort William (20th). Full details can be found on the Events section of our website.

If you wish to request a booking form and programme or further information please contact our Development Officer Rhona Middler on rhona.middler@communitylandscotland.org.uk or Community Land Scotland Chair David Cameron on dccommunityland@btinternet.com

Become a Community Land Scotland Supporter

 

At a time when more and more communities are benefiting from community ownership and with land reform back on the all-party political agenda, your statement of support and the additional resources will help push the change that is needed forwards. Anyone can now become a Community Land Scotland Supporter.  

As a Supporter, you will be making a statement for a more diverse model of land ownership for Scotland and showing your support for the people of Scotland who are taking responsibility for what happens with the land that they live on.

By signing up for £2 a month or £20 annual fee you will receive a thank you pack, newsletter updates, a small gift, our sincere thanks & appreciation and the knowledge that you are part of the movement which is empowering people through creating fairer land ownership in Scotland.

We would like to say a big Thank You to those who have signed up already!
 

Policy Update

Community Land Scotland's submission to National Trust for Scotland on land reform can be read here.

All of our past policy documents and submissions to the Parliament and various organisations can found on the Policy Documents section of our website.

 


Watch Community Owned Land Grow!




Want to know where our members are throughout Scotland? Watch community owned land grow with our new interactive members map
 

Community Land Scotland Reaches 50 Members!


Transition Stirling became our 50th Member this October.

Established in 2010 as a response to the need for a collective voice for community landowners in Scotland, we're growing as community owned land grows!

Interested community groups can find our full membership form here.
 

Scottish Rural Parliament - National Meeting


The Scottish Rural Parliament will meet in Oban from the 6th to 8th November 2014, bringing together the people of rural Scotland and policy makers to enable better understanding, improve policy making and address rural issues. 

Confirmed speakers include John Hutchison – Chair, Scottish Rural Action, Richard Lochhead MSP – Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, David O’Neill – Chair, COSLA and Andy Wightman.

Community Land Scotland will hold an exhibition stall throughout the event, so do come and say hello and find out more about community land ownership, what we do and how to become a Member or Supporter.

 
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Things you may have missed:


- Community Shares Scotland welcomes the launches today of Urras Energy Society Ltd and Sunart Community Renewables share options All Media Scotland, 3 October 2014
- UK's largest community wind farm receives £11m funding support Click Green, 6 October 2014
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There is a risk in pursuing land reform in a rush David Ross, Herald Scotland, 8 October 2014
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Land value taxation could be used to transform our nation Herald Scotland, 10 October 2014
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Land Reform after the Independence Referendum Calum Macleod, Beyond the Horizon Blog, 11 October 2014
 

News from our members


South Cowal Community Development Company are working towards plans for community ownership of the historic Castle Toward Estate in Argyll and have taken a step forward with a £750,000 Scottish Land Fund award. This will be put towards funding for purchasing the 143 acre estate which will both persevere the historic buildings and create new jobs for local people.

Ulva Ferry housing project is well under way, and construction is set to start early next year. This has been generously funded by both the Scottish Land Fund and Argyll & Bute Council, and to the raise the additional funding the group has launched an online 'Buy-a-Brick' scheme. The Ulva Ferry Community Bus is also up and running for local residents who are without their own transport.

Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust are looking for a Ranger and Landscape Manager.
Full details here or on the Community Trust's website. Closing date is 27 October.
 
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