The Scottish Land Fund has awarded £25,000 to the Wanlockhead Community Trust for the development of a feasibility study for the proposed community buyout of land around Scotland’s highest village.
"Second meeting with Buccleuch on potential community buyout": Please find enclosed a copy of the Wanlockhead buyout newsletter which has been put through the letterboxes in the village this week.
Between September 14-18, nine villagers residents travelled to the community-owned North Harris and Galson estates to see first-hand how the buyout had improved the area since the community took over the land.
Community Land Scotland is Scotland’s umbrella organisation of community land owners. In their new promotional video, three people talk about their personal experience of being involved in a community land buyout: Colin Morrison of North West Mull Community Woodland Company, Anjo Abelaira of Wanlockhead Community Trust, and Sally Reynolds, an employee of Carloway Estate Trust and resident on Galson Estate Trust.
Wanlockhead Community Trust (WCT) Board Members Isobel Gibb and Mac Blewer recently gave a well-received presentation about Wanlockhead’s proposed community buyout during a recent event in Kilmarnock, part of the Our Land Festival 2016.
Between September 14-18, the Wanlockhead Community Trust is organising a trip to the Isle of Harris to visit the North Harris Trust and learn more about their successful efforts with a community buyout. All villagers are invited on this subsidised trip.
"Discussions begin with Buccleuch on potential community buyout": Please find enclosed a copy of the Wanlockhead buyout newsletter which has been put through the letterboxes in the village this week.
The Wanlockhead community land buyout proposal was a consequence of a long standing view in the village that there needed to be a more proactive approach to management of Wanlockhead’s assets to improve villagers’ quality of life and promote a more sustainable community.
On Saturday 9th July 2016, nine Wanlockhead residents travelled to community-owned Mull of Galloway to see first-hand how the buyout had changed the area since the community took over the land in 2013.
Numerous Suggestions Made in Community Consultation Meetings How to Make our Community a Better Place to Live.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to our community consultation meetings. We are currently compiling the first round of comments that we received from villagers and will be packaging them for distribution and review in the near future. Keep watching for news on this exciting adventure on either our website, Facebook page or Twitter.
Here is a flyer by local business owner James McKelvie, a supporter of the proposed land buyout, asking visitors to the Wanlockhead Inn and local residents to support the buyout initiative.