Tam Dean Burn and Children’s Wood
in the Glasgow North Kelvin meadow.
Our Land aims to highlight the problems of dereliction in cities and emptiness in the countryside that flow from an elitist system of land ownership that allows a handful of individuals, quangos, insurance companies and trusts based in offshore tax havens to dictate the price, availability and use of land in Scotland. The following are all affected by law in Scotland — click on each to find out more.
in the Glasgow North Kelvin meadow.
This site used to be the local farm house and shop in Carnoustie, Angus. It is currently up for sale with planning permission for 5 houses. It has been sitting vacant and derelict for a good few years. This land contributes nothing to our community. Imagine a community orchard contributing to the health, wealth and wellbeing of our community.
Farmland on the outskirts of Carnoustie, recently for sale at a price tag of £2,000,000. I have a wee pipedream of having a small holding or an area near the town with several small holdings that folk could use. At this price I could never afford to buy land. Most likely the land will be used to build housing in the future.
Lots of Scotland is covered with heather. It looks really nice at this time of year but our mum told us that if you leave a field for long enough trees will grow. We think there should be more trees. We could turn them into logs for fires, build houses with them, animals and plants would like it and we could have fun climbing too!
stands at the site of a former once seemingly prosperous bustling village, holding regular markets and hiring fairs for the surrounding district. It was deemed sufficiently important to be visited by Edward I,Oliver Cromwell, and Bonnie Prince Charlie—all uninvited. Two geniuses of 18th century London society were born and raised here, with one praising in rapturous verse the beauty of his birthplace in an acknowledged masterpiece published in multiple editions in many languages.
The very existence of this past settlement is even still disputed in some books sold locally, but early maps show it clearly. It is not marked on local signposts Virtually all evidence of it is gone, but a graveyard and old church and suggestions of a well for a large population. Gradually the eye picks up the earth, clay, stone mounds, and the remains of a most dramatically and skilfully sited and fortified castle.
Within 100 years of new regular market licences being acquired for the town in the 17th century,the whole place was described as ruinous. Those that had worked the land locally for generations, creating great drainage ditches and dikes the scars of which remain evident in the lines down the fields in the background of this photo, lost their land with a change of ownership and the loss of tenants rights in 1620s—payments being demanded that for many could not be afforded.
Arable land directly feeding, by expert accounts, thousands in the area under the clan system, went to sheep, shooting, and forestry on a massive scale, benefitting in this case mainly one family. These Clearances, veiled still in secrecy, were in the very opposite extreme of the country from the Highlands—the term that seems virtually always to be pre—fixed to the term when applied to Scotland.
The newly republished book ‘Liddesdale’ written 1952 by John Byers, but out of print for many years, makes fascinating reading and will astonish most readers to the core from the very first chapters. Byers work echoes in many ways the magnificent manuscript ‘Liddesdale’ of Rev James Snadden (local minister of 50 years) in the National Library, in the depth of emotion and anger used to describe events here.
Published seven years after the ending of the WW2, Byers surely could not have introduced the word ‘Holocaust’ to describe events lightly.
Research and comment from Caroline Charters
The small meadow has been used and tended by the community for decades, including several nurseries and playgroups as outdoor play space for children, and raised beds for local food production. Glasgow City Council are in the process of selling the land without public consultation to a private developer who plans to build luxury flats in the already urban area. After a strong community consensus on keeping the space in the hands of the community, the council are in a stalemate position.
Led the first forest community buyout in Scotland
Since 2004 Santa Claus land in Aviemore has been left abandoned after Macdonald centre shut down the shops and the all-year-round Christmas amenity park. For the past few years Tesco had been negotiating with the Cairngorm national park to build a new larger supermarket. A rare species of damselfly was identified as living in the artificially created pond in Santa Claus land and after much negotiation and cost they were eventually re-homed. By this time, Tesco had reconsidered its decision and indicated it would no longer build on the site.
Aviemore is a busy tourist village with the only amenity land being a small village green. This land should be a village amenity for both tourists and residents and we want to claim it for the benefit of the people.
The picture shows Nicky and Hammy Morrison, Finlina Macdonald ,and Pat and Robert Patterson.
A public ferry plied between a jetty at Kylesku (on the south side) and a jetty at Kylestrome (on the north). The southern section of road and jetty is still open to the public while the Kylestrome jetty and associated portion of the old A894 appears to have been subsumed into the Raey Forest Estate, apparently ‘owned’ by the Duke of Westminster or one of his many trusts/companies.
The estate says that this old section of the A894 is now private property and signs the road ‘no access’ for vehicles to the Kylestrome jetty although vehicle access is quite possible (a testament to road construction specification of the public highway).
One wonders how this can be and on what authority Highland Council simply gave up the public access rights to this old section of road thus benefitting an already sizeable private estate.
abound in the city centre. How can we make these urban gardens more accessible for more people to enjoy?
standing in front of land given by the Young family to trustees for the Ardersier Public Bowling Green and Tennis Club in 1935. Use continued until the 1970s sometime after which, with no adequate surviving record of the terms of the trusteeship, attempts to re-establish a bowling club failed. Within ten years under the current land title resolution process in Scotland it seems likely that this may become the private property of one person, simply for the effort of claiming it. How can such a resolution, which substitutes ownership for trusteeship, clearly in contradiction to the intention and spirit of those who originally donated the land, be appropriate in Scotland today?
…grow a healthy food culture here in Scotland?
MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross on the problem of deer numbers in rural Scotland.
In front of the Bongo Club: one of many music venues closed in the city, only to lay in rubble with plans for building yet another hotel in the city centre.
We are almost entirely surrounded by private land over which we have legal right of access. It is abandoned and the so-called access road is too boggy for us to use a vehicle. Because there is no compulsory register of land ownership in Scotland, we have been unable to find the owner, which means that we cannot get the access maintained. We would be prepared to buy this bit of land (we have little money, but it is a patch of bog and is almost worthless to any one else)and maintain it ourselves, but do not know who to ask. Starting with the name of the company who initially sold off our plot of land, we have spent a year stumbling through a maze of company liquidations, re-naming of companies, sell-ons of companies etc, but have met with a stone wall. We suspect one family of owning it but when we asked their lawyer if that was the case, he asked us for several hundred of pounds to check this, claiming that the business interests of his clients were so complicated that he may not be able to give us a decisive answer. We do not have hundreds of pounds to waste on this fruitless enquiry. It seems no one has an obligation to tell us anything, so what is the point of having a right in law over this land when we cannot enforce it?
This playing field and play park was sited in between Windsor and Ladywood schemes in Penicuik, Midlothian.
It had been there since the 60’s and was much loved. It had play equipment and a full size pitch with posts, was well used by both children and adults as well as a local primary school.
It’s fate was sealed when a number of councillors put together a plan to give the land to an adjacent business who deemed the building of a warehouse essential to their future solvency.
The business went out of business but the land remains in private hands to this day.
Town space fenced up to restrict public—no one knows who owns it