SCOTSMAN - The changing pattern of land ownership in Scotland has been illustrated by new figures showing that 124 community groups now own 142,177 acres in the Highlands council area.
Across Scotland as a whole 494 community groups, across all local authority areas, have taken charge of almost 563,000 acres.
Successive Scottish Governments have introduced legislation in an attempt to redistribute land ownership to rebalance a system that they believe has seen too much of the countryside run by relatively few landowners.
Argyll and Bute now has 77 community groups taking over 16,300 acres and the Western Isles has seen 41 groups take charge of 38,534 acres. In other areas like East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire only one community group has taken on land ownership.
Source: The Scotsman - read the full article. Originally published on Friday 18 August, under the title "Progress as community groups grasp Highland land ownership", by Tom Peterkin.