Common Ground Association

STOP PRESS. The City of Edinburgh Council is running a community consultation exercise to find out the views of local residents with regard to community ownership for Craighouse Woodlands. This exercise finishes on the 31st of March 2013. Your views count so please vote.

The Council have proposed 5 Options. Click on here for LINK to consultation

The options put forward by the Council are:-

Option 1 Take no action. We think this is not a good option.

Option 2 The Council takes ownership of all land. We think this is also not a good option.

Option 3 Joint ownership. The community takes ownership of Craighouse land, the Council keeps Easter Craiglockart. We think this is an option if the community feels it is right.

Option 4 The community takes ownership of all land. We feel this may be too much for the community to bite off in the first instance.

Option 4a Transition period with Council taking ownership for an agreed period and then passing land title to community. We think this is the best option.

We would urge you to make your views known and support us in our efforts to obtain community ownership by following the above link to the City of Edinburgh web site and voting for Option 4a by ticking the appropriate box.

Common Ground Association is a not for profit organisation established in 2012 to support communities across Edinburgh, and beyond, to own and manage woodlands, fields, meadows and open space.

Community land ownership has existed in Scotland for centuries, mostly in the form of Common Good land. In the last 25 years many communities across Scotland have successfully secured land under common ownership – from the Outer Hebrides to Berwickshire – and they are demonstrating that common ownership builds and strengthens communities, and is effective in securing land against development.

Common Ground Association was formed by two Edinburgh locals: Willie McGhee, a professional forester who works with communities in Scotland and overseas, and Robin McLaren a land professional and expert in land tenure. Both are committed to supporting and assisting communities to own and manage their local land.

The current initiative involves helping communities around the former Craighouse Campus of Edinburgh Napier University to obtain ownership and management of woodland and open space from the current developer, the Craighouse Partnership.