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Land Reform - Community Owned Land

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: December 2018

Community Owned Land

The Scottish Government has a target of there being one million acres of land in community ownership in Scotland by the end of 2020. As at December 2017 there were 547,691 acres in community ownership this is 2.8% of the total land area of Scotland1, which is 19,252,132 acres.

Since 1990, there has been more than a fivefold increase in the area of land in community ownership from 98,375 acres to 547,691 acres. The area of land in community ownership has generally been steadily increasing since 1990, although in some years the increase has been much larger. The purchase of one or a small number of substantial estates or woodland areas in any one year can have a large influence on the increase in area of land in community ownership.

Recorded Area of Community Owned Land, 1990 to 2017

Community Owned Land as at December 2017


1. Where the year of purchase/transfer of the land parcel/asset is unknown it has been defaulted to 1990, the start of the series.

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