Since 2021 we have been working to raise the profile of urban community landownership in the Clyde Valley, explaining how it is an option for any community, and creates local democratic oversight of landownership.
We have an active events schedule and social media accounts, and we hold wide-ranging meetings to raise the profile of community ownership and land reform. Our approach is focused on community group needs, and on building a network of highly capable community landowners. Check out our work, attend an event, and get in touch if you have any questions!
The number of enquiries about community ownership has steadily increased since we launched this project in 2021. This demonstrates the continued interest in community ownership. The level of interest, and particularly the level of interest in privately-owned land and negotiated sales, has remained significantly larger than expected. The majority of groups accessing the Community Ownership Hub are early-stage, pre-acquisition groups. This means that with our support groups are better informed when they are starting their journey through community ownership and deciding where to go next.
Our work raising the profile of Community Ownership & Land Reform
Coal miners’ families stop auction of play park on historic mining site, launch community buyout
The community of Cardowan in North Lanarkshire is celebrating this week, after stopping a public auction of their play park.
Community Land Week 2022
Community Land Week ran from the 8th to the 16th of October for the fourth Scotland-wide celebration of community landowners.
Land Reform Act Consultation? A Workshop for Communities in Towns and Cities
The Scottish Government consulted on a Land Reform Actin 2022. Groups and individuals considering submitting a response joined this event to talk through ideas.
Blog: A Perspective on Community Ownership
Presented at “(Un)earthing new pathways for a justice transition: cultivating hope and food on contested terrains in Scotland, Amazon and the Arctic” Workshop, University of Strathclyde, in early 2022.
Blog: Land and Govan: Imagining What is Possible
This talk was given as part of the knowledge exchange project “(Un)earthing new pathways for a justice transition: cultivating hope and food on contested terrains in Scotland, Amazon and the Arctic”
2022 Urban Gathering
The Community Ownership Hub and Community Land Scotland facilitated an Urban Gathering which brought together urban communities who own or are interested in buying land or other assets.
Blog: Green Lairds and Urban Scotland
Scottish land markets are changing quickly due in part to global demand for low and zero carbon investments. Green Lairds are buying up large landholdings for “rewilding” and other carbon offset projects.
Who Owns Clydeside?
We took part in the Paisley Road West Festival on Saturday 25th Sept 2021.
Blog: A Trip to Royston
Hub Development Officer, Heather, shares her experience of a trip to Royston to visit the Rebel Bear Mural.
News: Did you spot a giant pink bear on Royston Road?
The Rebel Bear teamed up with us, and Copperworks Housing Association to celebrate community ownership of land and buildings in Glasgow.
Community Ownership of Green Spaces
Dig into community ownership of green spaces in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
Statement on the People Make Glasgow Communities Initiative
Community Land Scotland and the Community Ownership Hub: Glasgow and Clyde Valley have issued a joint statement on the “People Make Glasgow Communities” Initiative.
Carey Doyle, the manager of the Hub, took part in a roundtable discussion on Reimagining Ownership, hosted by Glasgow Tool Library.
Report: Leading role played by community landowners in tackling the Climate Emergency
Community landowners are punching above their weight in the fight to save the planet from climate change, according to a new study by Community Land Scotland.
Report: From Barmulloch to Bonnymuir Green – This is not just a rural story
A new report published by Community Land Scotland presents the facts that 20% of all community owned assets are now urban, and not just rural.
Blog: “Community Ownership, Recovery and Empowerment” by Carnegie UK
Hub Manager Carey Doyle chaired a panel discussion on Community Ownership and Towns with Community Land Scotland, Greener Kirkcaldy, Power to Change, The Stove Network.
Community Ownership – Shaping the Future of Our Towns with Carnegie Trust UK
In January 2021, we held a two-part online event in collaboration with Carnegie UK Trust which explored the opportunities and challenges associated with community ownership in towns.