Community Land Scotland (CLS) was established in 2010 as a response to the need for a collective voice for community landowners in Scotland. It is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status.
CLS believe that it cannot create a more socially just Scotland without tackling land ownership. Apparently half of the country’s privately-owned land is held by just 432 owners and a mere 16 owners hold 10% of Scotland (Wightman 2013) – CLS want to see more of Scotland’s land in the hands of more of Scotland’s people.
When communities purchase the land on which their people live and work, they are freed to reinvigorate their areas and improve the prospects of future generations.
Community land purchase is the start of a long journey, often to reverse many years of decline. The purchase quickly stimulates the feeling of confidence which empowers communities to develop economic opportunities, enable the development of vital housing, build on a growing awareness of environment and heritage to enliven the social life of its people.
References: Community Land Scotland. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.communitylandscotland.org.uk/