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Large scale and concentrated land ownership in Scotland

The Scottish Land Commission (a public body set up by the Scottish Government) reports that highly concentrated land ownership in some parts of Scotland hampers economic development and can be harmful to local communities.

Chapter 8 of the report covers agricultural issues, including economies of scale, the availability of land for new farmers, and competition from non-agricultural land uses such as forestry or renewable energy.

Read media coverage here (The Scotsman) and here (Guardian) and see also the news story Danish billionaires plan to rewild large swath of Scottish Highlands.

Read the full report, Investigation into the issues associated with Large Scale and Concentrated Land Ownership in Scotland, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is land use and land use change?

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