This week we continue our conversations on rural development with Andrew Thin, Chair of the Scottish Land Commission.

The SLC works on land reform in the large rural and urban areas of Scotland but with an added emphasis on reviving rural areas with fair solutions for land workers and landowners.

The SLC, backed by cross-party support from the Scottish Parliament, is beneficial to Scotland’s tenant farmers and continues a dialogue with different communities to reach fair outcomes.

Unlike other countries, large areas of rural communities are still owned by landlords and private entities which continue to own at least 50% of Scotland’s land.

Scotland continues to have the most concentrated land ownership across Europe, according to a previous article published in Scottish media in October.

As mentioned in the podcast, the “gold rush” into carbon credits by corporate interests is a growing phenomenon in rural Scottish areas, showing a green transition is on its way.

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