The Scottish Farm Land Trust just released its first report: Wanted: Land for New Farmers.
Based on a broad survey of prospective farmers and landowners, the research, conducted by Nourish Scotland, shows that hundreds of people are actively looking for farmland in Scotland, and are motivated by looking after the environment and developing rural livelihoods. However, access to land is a critical barrier. A lack of access to land is preventing people from making a sustainable livelihood from the land and something practical needs to be done!
The report makes the case for the Scottish Farm Land Trust as a very practical and efficient tool to increase access to land for ecological agriculture.
The report was first presented during an event at the Scottish Parliament, co-hosted with the Member of the Scottish Parliament, Gail ROSS (SNP), on 27 September 2017.
This event took place on the eve of the first-ever broad public meeting organised by the Scottish Land Commission to present its three-year strategic plan. The Scottish Land Commission, which came into being in April 2017, was established under the Land Reform Act 2016 and is a cornerstone for achieving land reform in Scotland.
A group of member organisations of the Access to land network participated in both events.
Download theScottish Farmland Trust report here.
Read more about access to land in Scotland here.