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July 29, 2009

Community land rights

Land held in common ownership, for livelihood and for recreation, was once an integral part of community life in Scotland – but in recent years these ‘commons’ have been lost to the anonymity of municipal bureaucracy. LPL supports the ongoing campaign for community ownership of land and welcomes Andy Wightman’s new book on the subject.

Andy Wightman

Community Land Rights is the first comprehensive overview of land rights that belong to communities in Scotland. It focuses on the range of common land that exists throughout rural and urban Scotland and provides a how-to guide to undertaking research into common good land, commonties, commons and other forms of commonly held land.

The Guide explains how to use sources such as the Register of Sasines, Land Valuation Survey 1909 and the National Farm Survey to identify community land rights as the first stage in a process of asserting and restoring rights that belong to the people.

Read more here and buy the book