Our Land Festival 2015 – A few of last years notable events

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Abriachan Gathering

30 August, 2015

Abriachan Forest Trust, one of the first community owned woodlands in Scotland, had various workshops and activities highlighting their work and various speakers including Lesley Riddoch journalist, Peter Peacock from Community Land Scotland, Angus McCall from Scottish Tenant Farmers Association, Isla O’Reilly from Highland Greens, Liz Paul of Women for Independence and Jen Stout of Scottish Land Action Movement came along to talk on why current land reform is not enough, why and how it could/should be improved and ways of achieving this etc. Activities included tree planting, a treasure hunt and guided walk.

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Skye, Crofting’s new Voices

29th August 2015

The Young Crofters, ‘Crofting’s New Voices’ presented their hopes for the future of crofting and talked to the crofting community on Skye about how they can be part of that vision. There were break-out sessions where young and older people networked, swapped information and skills and set up mentoring relationships.

The fantastic short film ‘Crofting’s New Voices’ will be screened which shows how young crofters are organising for change.

Later in the day, gaelic singer Anne Martin lead a historic walk from Whitewave to Greulain, focusing on issues of land ownership in crofting.

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Carnoustie

Our Land Festival 2015 gave people around the country a platform and a voice to address their own local land issues:

 

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“Farmland on the outskirts of Carnoustie, recently for sale at a price tag of PS2,000,000. I have a wee pipe-dream 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.” – Laura-May Kennedy

 

 

11863332_10152932198987680_7705740049675651777_n (1)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.” – Libby McAinsh

 

Mass walk along part of the proposed Community Link between Strathpeffer and Dingwall.

There has been longstanding interest in linking the communities of Strathpeffer and Dingwall via a safe walk/cycle route. Although there are still many obstacles to overcome, a preferred route was identified and as part of Our Land Festival 2015 a mass walk along part of it highlighted the level of community interest. The walk was celebrated with a picnic before everyone headed home. This event received some great media coverage

Strathpeffer to Dingwall

 

Andy Wightman

Prominent land campaigner and current MSP Andy Wightman addresses the link between tax-havens and the secrecy over the ownership of Scottish land in this photo:

 

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