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Land Reform - Community Owned Land

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: December 2017

Community Owned Land

The Scottish Government has a target of there being one million acres of land in community ownership in Scotland by the end of 2020. As at June 2017 there were 562,230 acres in community ownership this is 2.9% of the total land area of Scotland1, which is 19,252,132 acres. An additional 437,770 acres has to come into community ownership by the end 2020 to achieve the target of there being one million acres in community ownership.

Since 1990, there has been more than a fivefold increase in the area of land in community ownership from 112,158 acres to 562,223 acres. The area of land in community ownership has generally been steadily increasing since 1990, although in some years the increase has been much larger. The purchase of one or a small number of substantial estates or woodland areas in any one year can have a large influence on the increase in area of land in community ownership.

Recorded Area of Community Owned Land, 1990 to 2017

Estimate of Community Owned Land in Scotland - 1990 to 2017


1. Where the year of purchase/transfer of the land parcel/asset is unknown it has been defaulted to 1990, the start of the series.

2. Data for 2017 are only until the end of June.

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