Public Sector Funds
- Monday, 20 February 2012 08:58 Tamsin Morris Hits: 2033
Environment minister, Stewart Stevenson MSP, launched a new Scottish Land Fund at the Galson Estate on Lewis. The fund will have £6million over the next 3 years, with the money coming from the Scottish Government rather than from the National Lottery. The fund will be administered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Big Lottery Fund. Mr Stevenson is expected to comment that: "Community land ownership can bring tremendous benefits both to communities themselves and Scotland as a whole. Land ownership is key to building independent, resilient rural communities and creating a sense of confidence and community empowerment. That's why the Scottish Government continues to fully support buyouts and is committed to providing opportunities for rural communities to acquire land."
Galson Estate, where the launch took place, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its buyout. You can read the Scottish Government's press release about the launch here.