Menu
 
Home | News | Langholm can thrive: Community buy-out of precious moorland has exciting potential
 
Farming and Environment | 3rd October 2019
 

Langholm can thrive: Community buy-out of precious moorland has exciting potential

 
 
 

A VISIT to two successful community buy-outs in the Western Isles has shown how exciting a prospect such a move could be for Langholm.
A focus on improving life for residents and upgrading the tourism offer has been the main objective of the two organisations on the island of Harris.
The potential to buy part of Langholm Moor arose in the spring when Buccleuch announced it was to sell 25,000 acres, including the moor.
It comprises a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area for its breeding hen harriers and other birds.
A working group was set up and expressed an interest to buy. As a result of talks, Buccleuch agreed to delay putting the land on the open market and gave the group until the end of March to put together a bid.
The Langholm Moor buy-out group will host a community consultation event next Thurs-day, October 10 in the foyer of the Buccleuch Centre at 7pm.
The purpose of the evening is to update the community on the work which has been done so far and the next steps.
The feasibility study will begin next Monday to investigate whether community ownership of part of Langholm Moor is viable.
A team of three consultants has been appointed to undertake the feasibility study and business planning.
Duncan MacPherson, consultant team leader, will attend the consultation next Thursday to give an insight into the process and answer any questions.
Kevin Cumming of the Langholm Initiative and project leader said: “The working group are really looking forward to this consultation.
“It is the community’s chance to tell us what ideas they may have on how the land could be used.
“As part of the consultation, we hope to split those attending into groups and ask them to give their thoughts.”
Last week Kevin visited two communities on Harris where successful buyouts have taken place.
Both North Harris Trust and West Harris Trust welcomed Kevin and discussed how community ownership had benefited their communities.
Kevin said: “These trusts have done some fantastic work and it really opened my eyes to the potential of community land ownership.
“West Harris Trust has done a great job in providing affordable housing and increasing the population, especially by attracting young families to the island.
“North Harris Trust has taken on many projects, including better access to the surrounding land through path improvements and the construction of an Eagle Observatory.

“A clear objective of both trusts has been an improvement in the tourism infrastructure.
“This includes providing electrical hook-ups for camper vans, improving the hospitality offerings and creating fantastic destinations for visitors.
“Langholm has incredible potential as a tourism destination for both its natural and cultural heritage. It is extremely exciting to explore how we could benefit here.
“An important message I took away from the trip was
that community land ownership is a long-term project.
“The benefits are not only for us now but also for our children and grandchildren.
“If it is proven that community land ownership is viable here, the potential projects will take time to realise.
“I would encourage anyone with an interest in the land surrounding Langholm to come along to the consultation event and get involved with the process.
“We would love to hear what ideas the community has.”

 
 
Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
 
 
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Flood Scheme Forum

RESIDENTS living in riverside properties in Langholm have voiced their…

 

Langholm Loves Local launched

LANGHOLM is bouncing back with a new initiative to make…

 

New coronavirus rules will not help industry

Hotel owner criticises Scottish government for unclear message

 

Pandemic infects iconic retail brand

More unemployment as Day puts EWM Group in administration

 

Villagers welcome a 20mph limit trial

Newcastleton’s streets will be safer for pedestrians and drivers

 

EWM TO CLOSE 200 STORES IN NEXT FORTNIGHT

24,000 Jobs are at risk

 

Village sewage works due to open next spring

Canonbie and the River Esk will benefit from better treatment

 

Housing developer is ready to move onto site

Plan put in for initial works, including improved A7 junction

 

Rescued mill has new name and big plans

Drove Weavers in Langholm earns praise and admiration from MSP

 

Digital skills project is launched in Langholm

Older people, young people and low-income families targeted

 

Flood protection order delayed by fresh study

Environmental impact assessment will take six months to do

 

Team appointed to regenerate Copshaw

Development officer to lead transformation of Buccleuch House

 

Four more defibrillators go live

FOUR more defibrillators have been installed as part of a…

 

Centre design rethink after public response

And council calls for extra study after identifying flood risk

 

Village completes historic land buy-out

Newcastleton trust buys 750 acres of Holm Hill from Buccleuch

 

Scottish actor appeals for donations to moor

Gregor has good memories of raising his family in Langholm

 

Dyehouse cuts ten jobs as orders dry up

COVID-19 pandemic hits successful company’s customers

 

Plan launched to make south a greater place

Enterprise body to make area centre for opportunity, innovation and…

 

Volunteers needed to drive community car

New Caddy will be used to transport residents to appointments

 

Another million given to moorland buyout

South of Scotland Enterprise give huge boost to venture

 

Centre bids for funding to survive the long term

Langholm’s popular performing arts venue is vital to economy

 

Academy’s head pupils

LANGHOLM and Canonbie Schools Cluster is delighted to announce the…

 

Church reopens for worship

By the Rev Dr. Robert Pickles

 

YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

Artists impression of how proposed flood defences may look

 

Rotten meat costs £2k to clear away

NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) are jointly…

 

£500k boost for moor

Family foundation breathes new life into bid for nature reserve

 

Langholm’s last mill has a brighter future

Well-known designer will create jobs and establish new brand

 

Nicol’s enterprising role to regenerate town

Former Langholm man will deliver Langholm’s action plan

 

Dance scholar rewarded

A PERFORMING arts student from Langholm has won a coveted…

 

Centre announces an August reopening

Coffees and lunches are back on the menu – at…

 

Canonbie surgery

A CONFIDENTIAL online consultation service giving patients another way to…

 

Town is a high priority

Langholm does not rank the lowest in an index based…

 

MARVELLOUS!

IT WAS dark when three horsemen were greeted by a…

 

Neighbourly celebrations

MOODLAW Point and Henry Street South neighbours gathered on Jennety’s…

 

Neighbourly celebrations

THE neighbours in Academy Place and Douglas Terrace could not…

 

Partnership secures £2.1m for the south

Scottish government awards funding to 28 innovative projects

 

Jobless warning

JUNE’S unemployment figures are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’…

 

Weaving company’s future in the balance

Management buy-out team seeks to progress talks with owner

 

Defibs are going live

Life-saving equipment will come with full instructions on use

 

Helping to ease the burden

By the Rev Scott McCarthy, minister of Garthamlock and Craigend…

 
Surgery Tour 2020
 
requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Configure
 
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.