Community and conservation land ownership in highland Scotland: A common focus in a changing context

Lorna Jennifer Philip, H. Chenivix Trench

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Legislation on the topic of land reform will enter statute during the lifetime of the first administration of the Scottish Parliament. It is thus timely to review types of land ownership that have evolved in Scotland in the recent past. This paper briefly reviews the context of the current land reform debate. It considers the characteristics of community and conservation ownership, exemplified in case studies of the North Assynt Estate (owned and run by the Assynt Crofters. Trust) and the Sandwood Estate (owned by the John Muir Trust). Positive and negative aspects of these two management structures are illustrated and a convergence in management approaches, towards a focus on community interest and involvement, is demonstrated. The emergence of a social: sector in land ownership is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-156
Number of pages17
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • land reform
  • community ownership
  • conservation ownership

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