Since 2021 we have had 87 enquiries from community groups about potential land purchases. We have been in regular contact and supporting 49 of these groups. 27 have been early-stage, before they’ve engaged with the Scottish Land Fund.
Clyde Valley community groups are interested in lots of different types of land and assets. We’ve been asked about more 100 sites, and analyzed 57 of these with community groups to determine suitability for community purchase. The majority of sites we’re contacted about are currently in private ownership. Groups contact us about land or buildings that they are interested in owning, regardless of the existing landowner!
We provide flexible, bespoke support for community groups. Groups that have received ongoing support from the Hub are much more likely to still be pursuing a buyout – currently 90% of groups that have received ongoing support are continuing to pursue a buyout. 63% of communities not receiving ongoing support are continuing to pursue a buyout.
We refer groups to other services that may have specific knowledge or expertise. In a number of cases this has grown to be collaborative support with ourselves and other organizations.
We have found that urban community groups, particularly those in areas with less resources, have substantial interest in community ownership. Consistent support is needed to build this interest to community land acquisitions.
Community Engagement Support
We have been running a programme that supports community groups to share their story and plans with thier wider communities. We have recently launched the latest round of community engagement support, after feedback from other groups have been through the process.