The Our Land Festival 2016: a huge success
Our Land Festival 2016 was a huge success with thousands of people attending and participating in 30 events across Scotland. Speakers at National Our Land events included Lesley Riddoch and Andy Wightman MSP and all the events were organised by local grassroots activists. It was a fantastic staging point for the next phase of land reform we aim to achieve in the lifetime of this parliament. With a fantastic grassroots movement behind the cause, we’re looking forward to the campaign ahead and below are just a few examples and statements from the organisers of the events this year.
The Gal Gael Trust (Glasgow, 10th September)
“Held in the boatbuilding space of GalGael, inspiring talks from Carbeth Hutters, The Children’s Wood, Global Justice Now, and the Brazilian Rural Land Workers Federation, Lesley Riddoch, Alistair McIntosh, Drew Mac Eoghainn(DTA), academics on community resilience (Mike Danson) and energy assets (Paul Tuohy), thanks to all, including the audience and the musicians. It was a busy and ‘buoyant’ event!” Dr Kathryn A Burnett
Aviemore, 17th September
Egged on by the great weather, the Aviemore event was well attended and has become a staging point for further action in tackling the so-called ‘Aviemore Cartel’. At the meeting working groups were established for different projects and action is being taken to create an official Our Land group in Aviemore.
Haddington, 27th August
Rothesay (Bute 31st August)
Video link to the event can be seen here
“At the Bute event an audience of about 60 people participated in an evening of interesting discussion after speakers from Bute NFU, Save Castle Toward campaign, Bute Community Power, DTAS and Andy Wightman had spoken. At the end of the evening 17 people signed up to form a Bute Land Reform Group to ensure that there will be ongoing activity around local land reform issues.” Jim Osborne
IdeaSpace (Glasgow 13th October)
To coincide with the SNP conference, Our Land spearheaded the IdeaSpace festival of politics in the Science centre as the first event of the programme. It featured Lesley Riddoch, Andy Wightman MSP and several speakers facing life at the sharp end of the land struggle in Scotland. This makes clear that land reform is still unfinished business, that there is a huge support amongst the SNP grassroots for greater reform and that the Scottish Government will be pressured to act.
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