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Social Land Ownership


Who Owns Scotland?
Land Reform
Land Reform Guidance
Commonweal Papers
Networks of Agents
Training of Trainers


The Next Stage [1999 to 2003]

 A suggested framework for the next stage of NFP development is outlined below. It has four main components.

  1. Partnership Co-ordination and Development
  2. Sharing Good Practice
  3. Measuring Impact
  4. Research and Dissemination of Information

These components build upon the activities and achievements of the first NfP project (June 1997 to August 1999). The details of each of the components have been revised at the Eigg workshop in September 1998 and the Inverness workshop in December 1998.

Partnership Co-ordination and Development

bulletPromote membership of the NfP Group amongst organisations who own, lease, manage or aspire to own land for economic, social, environmental and cultural purposes
bulletUndertake management committee and secretariat functions

[Listen to members, provide direction, undertake mailings and document reproduction, maintain a current address and membership list]

bulletExplore the feasibility of developing 3 Regional Groups

[The Highlands; Grampian and Tayside; Southern Scotland]

bulletUndertake the management, administrative and reporting tasks on the NfP project

[NFP Management Committee, Working Group, Part-time Co-ordinator, Workshop Organisers and Reporter, Project Adviser]

Sharing Good Practice

bulletWhole Estate Plans: plan-making, implementation and monitoring
bullet[Prepare a Workbook on Whole Estates Plans and devise a programme of training activities based upon it]
bulletStrengthening organisational capacity through examining good governance issues in the field of social land ownership

[Organisational governance, Community involvement, Technical skills and knowledge through commissioning 4 research and guidance papers]

bulletUndertake a skills audit of the active members of NfP organisations who are willing to share their skills and knowledge.

[Compile the information into a skills register with a view to enabling new social land initiatives to draw upon these resources]

bulletOrganise Residential Training Workshops

[March and September: Field visits, skills training session, and open topic session]

Measuring Impact

bulletAdapt Social (and Environmental) Auditing and community-based indicators training materials to the needs of social and conservation landowner’s requirements.

[Examine the possibilities of encouraging an accredited training provider to undertake a training programme for the social land sector.]

Research and Dissemination of Information

bulletExtend the Social land ownership Case Study Scheme

[Commission and publish new cases]

bulletPrepare Organisational Profiles of NfP organisations

[Update and publish as required]

bulletDevise a small partnership research programme

[Add value to the sector by jointly commissioning research with other interested bodies]

bulletUndertake advocacy work on community and social land ownership issues as a contribution to the current Land Reform debate.

NfP Landowners Project Group

January 1999