Put on your own Our Land 2016 Festival event
Last year’s Our Land festival successfully raised the profile of land issues across Scotland. The campaign laid the groundwork for some important amendments to the Land Reform Bill (March 2016) and helped us get compensation for tenant farmer Andrew Stoddart but there’s a lot of work to do for land to be as affordable, available and accessible as we desire it to be.
Our Land Festival 2016 will be the next staging point in Scotland’s land reform movement and will reaffirm calls for bolder and braver legislation than that passed in Holyrood earlier this year. The festival shall also discuss how communities can use the new legislation and powers that have been passed by the parliament. Whether it’s wastefully vacant land and property in urban centres, or companies situated in offshore tax havens that own colossal tracts of Scottish land, Our Land Festival 2016 will address such issues.
The festival will consist of four main national events across the country to help bring a focus to the campaign’s next stage. As Scotland’s recent political awakening has shown us, when we all take action and get involved we can build a movement strong enough to change the nation forever.
We are looking for you to arrange an event to be part of the Our Land Festival 2016 programme. Events could either highlight local obstacles and success stories on the land ownership front, or acknowledge the importance of land ownership to the way we live our lives.
Suggestions and ideas that might help you:
- Indentify creative ways to bring unused land back into use
- Protest against restriction on access to land which local people want to have access to
- Celebrate and campaign for popular public spaces, urban and rural, which may be under threat
- Create your own land-based activities (e.g. land visits and tours; engagement with community gardens and local food production; picnics)
For those of you who don’t want to put on events with speakers etc. Films like Common Weal’s Land Terra, which compares land reform in Scotland and Brazil, will be available to screen for free (as will other titles from the Scottish Documentary Institute).
If you want practical advice on how to use current legislation and identifying the opportunities that an increase in public land ownership provides, you can organise workshops and talks. We can provide you with a list of potential speakers, contacts and topics to help stimulate your debate and support your local action.
Please feel free to combine any of these suggestions and come up with your own. Send your proposals to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by close-June and we can add your event to the Our Land 2016 Festival guide and offer our support wherever possible. Please include: your full contact details and some information about you and/or your group; a firm proposal on the type of event you wish to put on; what support, if any, that you may need.