A new approach to strengthen community engagement in local land use is being carried out across Scotland this autumn. Five rural communities across four pilot Regional Land Use Partnership (RLUP) areas have been selected to undertake a unique community learning programme focusing on land use.
Local people are invited to share their experiences, thoughts and ideas for the land around them in a series of facilitated sessions, culminating in a final connecting session with representatives from the RLUPs pilots in their area. The sessions will explore ways to help tackle climate change and encourage nature through land use, identify sustainable land-based priorities and opportunities for local people, and give voice to the communities’ needs and wishes through developing a shared vision for future land use.
The five local programmes follow on from two very well attended webinars entitled ‘Lighting a Spark’, where guest speakers and attendees shared their experiences, ideas and understanding of using land to address shared challenges such as securing local employment, addressing climate change and halting the loss of nature.
The sessions will focus on delivering the following local outputs:
Participants will work up and agree a land use vision for the Ugie
Catchment. We anticipate farming and the production of quality local food will
be central to this vision, as will the sustainable use of water, and look
forward to hearing local views.
Who is it for?
Registration is now open to anyone living or working in The Ugie Catchment Area. No experience or prior knowledge of rural issues is necessary, the partners are keen to listen to the ‘less heard voices’ in the communities and encourage people who don’t normally engage in this type of exercise to come along and share their views.
The programme comprises of six evening sessions and one in person connecting session.
Location: Online sessions will be help on zoom. The first three sessions will take place on zoom, participants and facilitator will then jointly agree if they wish for the next three sessions to be online or in the room. The final session on Thursday 1st December with stakeholders will take place in person - location tbc.
Time: 6:30-8:30pm on Thursday evenings
October - 6th, 13th
November - 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
December- 1st (in person)
Cost: Fully funded
Janet Bromham | Project Manager | email@example.com