Roseanna Cunningham launches first-ever Community Land Week
The work of community landowners is being celebrated across Scotland this week, with a programme of activities and events.
Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham was on the Island of Ulva, in the Inner Hebrides, to officially launch the first-ever Community Land Week, and meet with the community group who recently purchased the island, using right to buy legislation.
The week-long programme of events has been coordinated by the Scottish Government, in partnership with Community Land Scotland, and runs until Sunday.
Speaking from Ulva, Ms Cunningham said: “This is an exciting time for land reform in Scotland, with a growing number of community groups taking advantage of opportunities to acquire land and buildings in their area for community use.
“In the past year alone we’ve seen the local community here in Ulva make the first-ever purchase of an island, using right to buy legislation. We have also seen a steady increase in the acquisitions of rural and urban spaces, which we hope will only increase as new rights, like the right to buy abandoned or neglected land, is taken up.
“Community Land Week is a great way to celebrate these diverse and worthwhile projects, from the Western Isles to the Scottish Borders. I would encourage everyone to get involved - either in person at one of the many events taking place, or online.”