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 have discussed and agreed their land use vision for
the Lochgoil area, identified and secured local support for potential future
projects, and taken steps to improve communications within their community and
with surrounding land managers.
Who is it for?
Registration is now open to anyone living or working in Loch Goil. 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.
Location: Online sessions will be help on zoom. In person sessions to take place in the Village Hall.
Dates and times:
6.30-8.30pm, Wed 5
Oct: Online session for community
10-12am & 1-3pm,
day – 2 in-person sessions with landowners (am) and community (pm), Village Hall
6.30-8.30pm, Thurs 24
Nov: Online session for community members
6.30-7.30pm Thurs 1
session with stakeholders, Village Hall
Cost: Fully funded
Janet Bromham | Project Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org