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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.

Contact us

Please feel free to combine any of these suggestions and come up with your own. Send your proposals to us at 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.

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Comments 5

  1. Ross Macphail

    Peppercraig Quarry Haddington ,East Lothian.

    The overgrown floor could be used for making “brownfield ” allotments if there is enough sun to grow vegetables. A feasability study would have to be done.

    It is owned by East Lothian Council.

    It is next an electricity substation and has on its level top a small industrial site with parking and water.

    It has pedestrian access to the old Haddington bypass.

    There are no longer any allotments in Haddington but a long waiting list.

    A large open area between two railway lines next to ASDA at The Jewel Edinburgh.

    Do not know who owns this – maybe Network Rail.

    It looks good land and could be turned into allotments.

    There must be a lot of network Rail that is not being used and could be put to good community use. This probably applies to a lot of local Council land.

  2. Katrina Brown

    I want to get involved. Will have a word with folks at the Aviemore Common Space and those at Velocity in Inverness to see if it is better to add to what is planned already or whether to organise another place/activity

  3. james gillespie

    Dumbarton has already got large areas of land and river ownership ,why is all of this being sold or giving away to developers who may be corrupt people in this toon just sit doon and say there is nothing we can do we are just wasting oor time l have tried for years to do something regarding public land and public ownership will not give up the fight but advice and help needed urs jimmy g

  4. Eileen McCann

    There is restored opencast land coming available in East Ayrshire. Mining co believes it will be sold for grazing – we have lots of grazing, we could use more forests and recreation locally. I would like this owned by the local people instead.

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