Since 2020 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, power over land and builds community wealth.
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; by the end of our second operational year we have helped more than 87 community groups across the Clyde Valley. 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.
We work directly with urban community groups, and take insights to change policy and legislation. Current policy work includes urban aspects of the new Land Reform Bill, refinements to the Community Right to Buy, Local Place Plans, and Community Wealth Building. We’ve also called for the introduction of an Urban Community Housing Fund.
Our work raising the profile of Community Ownership & Land Reform
The community of Cardowan in North Lanarkshire is celebrating this week, after stopping a public auction of their play park.
Community Land Week ran from the 8th to the 16th of October for the fourth Scotland-wide celebration of community landowners.
The Scottish Government consulted on a Land Reform Actin 2022. Groups and individuals considering submitting a response joined this event to talk through ideas.
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.
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”
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.
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.
We took part in the Paisley Road West Festival on Saturday 25th Sept 2021.
Hub Development Officer, Heather, shares her experience of a trip to Royston to visit the Rebel Bear Mural.
The Rebel Bear teamed up with us, and Copperworks Housing Association to celebrate community ownership of land and buildings in Glasgow.
Dig into community ownership of green spaces in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.