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Calls for residents in Cairngorms to share view on land and land reform

By Gavin Musgrove

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A view towards Meall a'Bhuachaillie in the Cairngorms.
A view towards Meall a'Bhuachaillie in the Cairngorms.

Residents in Badenoch and Strathspey are being invited to share their views about land and land reform from the comfort of their own homes.

The informal meeting is one of a number being held by the Scottish Land Commission – from Shetland to the Borders, and Fraserburgh to Renfrew – to hear from people about their hopes over the way land is owned, managed and used in their area.

By holding the meetings online the commission is hoping to encourage greater levels of input and participation from the public.

It comes at a time when concerns are growing in the strath over the rise in land being snapped up locally for carbon emissions off-set schemes by big corporations and investment companies.

Andrew Thin, chair of the Scottish Land Commission, said: “Land is at the heart of Scotland’s identity, economy and communities, so it matters that it is owned and used in a fair and productive way.

“We are keen to meet with people across the country to discuss the land issues that are important to them and how the ownership and use of land realises Scotland’s potential.”

The meetings cover a wide range of topics – from land ownership and transforming vacant and derelict land, to housing, land rights and responsibilities, and the work of the Tenant Farming Commissioner.

Mr Thin commented: “We want to speak with as many people as possible and are using online meetings to make that happen.

"I would encourage people to join us from the comfort of their own home to discuss how we can make more of Scotland’s land for Scotland’s people.”

The free event is being held online next Thursday (May 19) at 7pm and all residents in and around the Cairngorms National Park are welcome to attend.

Book now by clicking here.

For more information visit www.landcommission.gov.scot; call 01463 423 300 or email info@landcommission.gov.scot .

About The Scottish Land Commission

The Scottish Land Commission works to create a Scotland where everybody benefits from the ownership, management and use of the nation’s land.

Established under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, the Commission is made up of five Land Commissioners and a Tenant Farming Commissioner.

The Scottish Land Commission is based in Inverness with a team of staff led by chief executive, Hamish Trench.

Mr Thin is a former convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority board whilst Mr Trench was director of conservation and visitor experience for the Cairngorms National Park Authority before taking on his new role in summer 2017.

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