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Community Land Week

Published: 13 Oct 2021 02:22

£1 million to put local assets in the hands of local communities.

Pubs, restaurants, woodlands and a church are to be brought into community ownership and use through new funding.

More than £1 million of the Scottish Land Fund is being awarded to eight local community groups to help them take ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them.

The funding was announced by Land Reform Minister Mairi McAllan on a visit to Newcastleton and District Community Trust, which purchased part of the Tarras Water and Holm Hill Estate with a grant of £850,000 from the Scottish Land Fund last year.

This is Community Land Week, which is profiling organisations that have taken ownership of land and buildings during the pandemic.

Minister for Environment and Land Reform Mairi McAllan said:

“All across Scotland, communities are taking ownership of the land and buildings that matter to them with the support of the Scottish Land Fund.

“I know how hard people will have worked to develop their projects and to achieve this success, and I look forward to seeing the benefits for their communities. They follow in the footsteps of an ever-increasing number of communities who have taken ownership of vital local assets with support from the Scottish Land Fund. With another £1 million of funding being announced, community ownership in Scotland looks set to continue to go from strength to strength.”

Background

A total of £1,112,787 has been awarded to the following projects.

Group

Total award

Local Authority Area

Project

Old Forge,  Knoydart

£508,000

Highland

Pub/restaurant

Port Bannatyne

£150,190

Argyll and Bute

Pub/hub and community garden

Canna

£89,700

Highland

Affordable Housing

Easter Breich

£128,637

West Lothian

47 acres of woodland for amenity use

       

Carloway Estate Trust

£61,619

Western Isles

Doune Broch Visitor Centre and car   park

Bigton Collective Ltd

£90,950

Shetland

Disused church for community hub

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead  and Strathyre Community Trust

£11,840

Stirling

4.4 acres of parkland, mixed forest and car park for amenity use

Inchinnan Development Trust

£71,851

Renfrewshire

Teucheen woodland for restoration and community use