Andy Wightman: Land Reform, the Scottish Perspective at #MakingLandWork

Andy Wightman’s keynote speech at the Shared Assets: #MakingLandWork: Policy for a 21st Century Commons event on 12th June. A Storify of the day is available here.


Chiltern Rangers

Spinning out from the local authority Woodlands Service, Chiltern Rangers now manage a portfolio of 14 woodlands as a social enterprise.


Neroche Woodlanders

Improving the quality of the forest by providing social and health benefits to local people, Neroche Woodlander’s story demonstrates the benefits of not taking on ownership, and their vision for the future.


Broadclyst Community Farm

Leasing a site owned by the National Trust, the members of Broadclyst are growing crops, feeding local people and improving the land.


Tree Station

Tree Station are taking the surplus wood generated throughout Greater Manchester and making it work. Reducing carbon emissions and producing everything from the wood for John Lewis chopping boards to woodfuel,

Patrick Morello talks us through their negotiations with council commissioning, the importance of local, ethical partnerships and the benefits of accreditation.


Saffron Acres

Saffron Acres is the site of 68 new social eco-homes and a community food growing project delivering jam and preserves across the country.

Through their story, we learn the importance of business partnerships, the benefits Saffron Acres offers the City Council, and some innovative ways to create successful enterprises in deprived areas.


River Stewardship Company

Maintaing the river for riparian landowners whilst training volunteers and apprentices with practical land management skills is how the River Stewardship Company realise their vision of more engaged communities and a healthier river.

Helen Batt talks us through their focus on income generation and enterprise, how they scaled the project and their exciting business improvement district work in which 250 business are involved.



Members of OrganicLea workers’ co-op are running a thriving food growing project- with elements of recreation, education and campaigning- on ex-council land.

Brian talks us through the co-op’s relationship with the local council and how have they have developed their project, income and ideas.


Knoydart Forest Trust

The remote community of Knoydart have owned and managed the Knoydart forest since the 1990s.

Lorna tells us their story, covering the pros and cons of community ownership, and some clever ways to generate income as a community organisation.