Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh celebrates Community Land Week on 16thAugust

DATE: Friday 16thAugust
TIME: 5pm to 8pm

VENUE: Breasclete Community Centre
EVENT: From Our Land & Sea showcase event

 From 10thto 18thAugust, the length and breadth of Scotland, community groups will be celebrating the steps they took to take ownership of land and assets in their areas and the benefits which have derived for the people in their local communities as a result in “Community Land Week”. 45 projects will be celebrating this year, more than three times as many as in 2018.  Community Land Week is organised by Community Land Scotland in partnership with Scottish Government.

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh is holding a show-case event with demonstrations, talks, stands and a chance for the community to come together and share a bite to eat made from local produce. The event will be in Breasclete Community Centre on Friday 16thAugust from 5 to 8pm.

Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust) is a community land owner on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Carloway Estate covers 11,500 acres on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, with over 200 crofts spread across the townships of Callanish, Breasclete, Tolsta Chaolais, Doune Carloway, Kirivick, Knock Carloway and a number of outlying islands.

The Trust is busy with two members of staff working on their home energy project Community LED by Energy Champions, a new Local Development Officer working with the community to develop a new Community Plan and their Peatland ACTION officer just announcing funding for the first Peatland ACTION peatland restoration project in the Outer Hebrides. 

Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager for Community Land Scotland says: “When communities purchase the land on which their people live and work, they have the tools to reinvigorate their areas and improve the prospects of future generations.”

“This week of celebration is justly deserved. A huge number of people across diverse areas of Scotland have put in enormous effort to get to this point. Community land acquisition is the start of a long journey, often to reverse many years of decline.  The acquisition quickly stimulates confidence which empowers communities to develop economic and social opportunities, such as creating jobs and affordable housing or protecting vital community assets”.

Sally Reynolds (Development Officer, Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh) said “We are really excited about our From Our Land & Sea event. We have had great responses from local businesses and look forward to a wide selection of talks and stands including Islewear Jewellery, Mairi M Martin, Gallery 5, Stornoway Smokehouse, Hebridean Seaweed and a display of local croft produce. We will have demonstrations from Gregor Macleod and Sandy Granville (Hebridean Mutton). It is a free, family event and we encourage everyone to pop along and find out more about what Our Land & Sea can offer”

Community Land Scotland is the membership network for community landowners. The current membership owns and manages around 560,000 acres between them. Community Land Scotland represents these existing and aspiring community landowners to reflect their views in promoting changes to legislation to empower communities.