The Scottish Government has set a target of 1 million acres in Community ownership by 2020. Currently we have 403 community groups in ownership of 492 land parcels totalling 562 230 acres. It’s looking like a bit of a push to make up the outstanding 437 770 acres in community ownership with only two or three years to go. I’m not sure if the target is for end-of or beginning-of 2020.
Only 94.23 acres came into community ownership in the first six months of 2017, so we need to see acceleration of the trend or one or two very big packages, if the target is to be met.
Most of the community ownership (93.7%) is in Highland and Na h‑Eileanan Siar council areas:
- Na h-Eileanan Siar: 385,340 acres
- Highland: 141,912 acres.
However, this is only 2.9% of Scotland’s 19,252,132 acres and just two rich individuals together have almost as much as the 403 community groups. The Duke of Buccleugh has 240 000 acres to himself and Anders Povlsen has 170,000.