Buccleuch community land buyout deal finalised

Buccleuch community land buyout deal finalised

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Newcastleton and District Community Trust (NDCT) have taken over 750 acres of land at Holm Hill from the Buccleuch’s Borders Estate as the community land buyout deal is completed.

Benny Higgins, Buccleuch executive chairman, said that the Trust’s “passion and commitment” to the buyout had been “tremendous”.

Talks are ongoing with community groups in Langholm and Wanlockhead about other potential buyout bids in southern Scotland.

Mr Higgins said: “This is a very significant community buyout and demonstrates what can be achieved through people working shoulder to shoulder in order to turn hopes and dreams into reality.

“We heartily congratulate the Trust team who spared no effort in ensuring the transfer of this land has been completed as quickly and smoothly as possible. We look forward to watching their plans come to fruition.”

Holm Hill, which is located above the village of Newcastleton, has been farmed by the community for generations.

The community now hopes to use the area for renewable energy projects, leisure activities and further farming, BBC News reports. 

Earlier this year, the buyout bid was awarded £850,000 by the Scottish Land Fund.

Barbara Elborn, NDCT secretary said it was “delighted” to have concluded the deal.

She said: “Huge effort from lots of people and many organisation have enabled this to happen and we thank them for their support, but now the hard work really begins. We are looking forward to putting our plans into action; building a brighter, more diverse economy, delivering a dynamic, positive outlook for our future.

“Owning Holm Hill means we can build a legacy for our families and their children and that is the best news of all.”

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