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Radical uses for Scotland’s land

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Thursday 10 August 2023, at the Scottish Parliament


We use our land for many things including providing food, sustaining communities and businesses and, increasingly, tackling climate and biodiversity emergencies.

How can we strike the right balance between those uses? What can we learn from international models of ownership, subsidy and use? And what could and should Scotland’s land look like to help us create fair and sustainable communities for the future? 

Chaired by Finlay Carson MSP as convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and Island Committee, this Festival of Politics event explored the role of, and future for, our land in Scotland.  

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Andrew Thin is chair of the Scottish Land Commission and has over thirty years of experience in leadership roles in the public, private and third sectors, including as Crofters Commissioner, Chair of the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage. 

Dr Annie McKee is a senior social scientist from the James Hutton Institute, based in Aberdeen. She leads the ‘Scotland’s Land Reform Futures’ research project, is the voluntary convenor of Rural Housing Scotland and is an active member of the community where she lives in rural Aberdeenshire. 

Stephen Young is director of policy at Scottish Land and Estates, a member organisation for land managers across Scotland. With farming roots, Stephen is a partner in the family dairy farm and has a background in agriculture and rural co-operatives. 


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