Edinburgh Members' Gathering

Join the Edinburgh Local Members' Group for a free afternoon event discussing community, nature and land reform.

Community and Land: An Evolving Landscape

Join the Edinburgh Local Members' Group this November for an exciting gathering, with Scottish writer Alastair McIntosh speaking alongside our chief executive and representatives from Community Land Scotland and the Carloway Estate Trust.

Communities and landscape-scale conservation are significant factors in the success of protecting wild land, so the Edinburgh Local Members' Group are inviting you to join them in the discussion.

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Date | 9 November 2019
Time | 14.00-17.00
Venue | Sanctuary Room, Augustine United Church, Edinburgh

About the speakers

Alastair McIntosh is a world-famous writer, academic and activist, with books covering Scottish history, sociology, globalisation and climate change. His works include Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power and Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition. Born on the Isle of Lewis in 1955, Alastair is keenly interested in land reform and community ownership.

Linsay Chalmers' role as development manager of Community Land Scotland is to promote and encourage take up of community land ownership in Scotland. Working closely with groups like Carloway Estate Trust, Linsay supports peer-to-peer learning and networking among community landowners.

Sally Reynolds is the development officer of the Carloway Estate Trust on the Isle of Lewis. Brought into community ownership in 2015, the Trust manages the 11,500 acre Carloway estate, as well as assistiing the economic and social regeneration of the community. Sally has been with the team since 2015, so is well placed to speak of the ongoing work there.

Andrew Bachell is the John Muir Trust's chief executive. In our recent Journal, we focused our attention on community land ownership and how vital communities are to protecting wild places. Andrew wrote "our efforts to protect landscapes and nature should not be too narrowly focused, but should aim to benefit as many people as possible."