Who Owns Scotland?
Land Reform Guidance
Training of Trainers
Social Land Ownership
Eight Case Studies from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Volume One ISBN 0 947919 45 7
Lord Sewel, Minister for Agriculture, the Environment
The Government wants to see more community involvement - in all sorts of ways - in the
way that land is owned and used right across Scotland. This is a matter of fairness; and
will help to ensure that local people are not in future excluded from decisions which
after all affect their homes, their jobs, their lives.
Areas differ. Circumstances differ. Communities differ. "One size fits all"
is the wrong approach.
Full blown community ownership is not the only right answer. For some communities in
some circumstances, it can be the best solution. But, as John MacKenzie's account for
example makes clear, community ownership is tough going: tough at the start, and equally
tough to keep going. I am pleased that the establishment by the Government of the
Community Land Unit last year has, by common consent, greatly helped groups considering
community ownership or management by providing support and help with the practicalities.
But we need to recognise that community ownership will never be easy and long-term
viability will often be hard to deliver; and in many cases different sorts of community
involvement in management of the land may well offer most of the gains of community
ownership without so much of the pains. These case studies usefully provide a range of
I welcome the publication of this first volume of case studies as a means of widening
understanding about the range of possibilities; as a means of spreading the word about
what works best and what works less well; and above all as a means of promoting interest
in community involvement in land generally. I commend the case studies to all with an
interest in viable rural communities; and I very much look forward to further editions.
|This collection of case studies has the theme of social land ownership.
It comprises an introductory review of the history of not-for-profit land owning
initiatives, and eight accounts of attempts by groups or organisations to develop or
manage land in ways which address environmental, social and economic objectives.
accounts have been written by people who have been closely involved in the initiatives and
who are prepared to share their experience in the hope that it will be of interest to
other not-for-profit groups who own, or aspire to own, land.
The collection has been brought together by the Not-for-Profit Landowners Project Group
- a project association which wishes to share good practice in the field of social land
|Compiled and Edited by Graham Boyd and David Reid of the Caledonia Centre for Social Development
||First published jointly by the Not-For-Profit Landowners Project Group,
Inverness, and the Scottish Community Education Council, April 1999
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