The Scottish Land Fund has today announced financial assistance to The Findhorn Village Conservation Company, in Moray, to take forward its plans for community ownership of part of the Novar Estate Holdings.
Thanks to a grant of £520,000, the community are now one step closer to owning the holdings which includes 61 hectares of amenity land within the village of Findhorn, and 800 hectares of the foreshore and intertidal land adjacent to the village.
Peter Hall Chairman of The Findhorn Village Conservation Company, said: “The Company is delighted with this award. This is an exciting project for the residents of Findhorn Village. Owning and managing the land and foreshore will give community empowerment to the people of Findhorn. This will provide opportunities to both enhance and safeguard our unique environment for the benefit of all.”
Announcing the funding Scottish Land Fund Committee Chair, John Watt, said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Land Fund is helping the people of Findhorn move closer to their goal of community ownership. Initiatives like this give local people greater control of their own futures which also benefit future generations. I wish The Findhorn Village Conservation Company every success as they go onto the secure the final funding required to make their dream a reality.”
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Dr McLeod, said: “I am delighted to see the latest round of Scottish Land Fund awards which will help communities in Moray to bring land into community ownership. These three communities have worked hard to identify land and develop plans for that land which will make a real difference to their long-term sustainability. I look forward to watching these projects develop and see the benefits that the Scottish Land Fund is bringing to communities throughout Scotland as the Scottish Government seeks to bring more land into community ownership by 2020.”
The First Minister recently announced the Scottish Land Fund will treble from £3 million this year to £10 million a year from 2016. This will make it easier for communities around Scotland who are interested in owning their land collectively to do so.
- The Scottish Land Fund has £9 million over four years to assist communities in rural Scotland to acquire, develop and manage local land and land assets. The programme is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered in partnership by the Big Lottery Fund and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, both of which have extensive experience of helping communities to acquire and develop their assets for over a decade.