Study of NGO land ownership in Scotland


In conjunction with providing evidence to the Scottish Government's Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) on the social and economic contributions of NGO landowners, the Centre for Mountain Studies was commissioned by a collective of environmental NGOs to carry out a review in late 2012/2013.

The study was primarily focused on the activities of five large environmental NGOs who own significant areas of land in Scotland:

  • John Muir Trust (JMT)
  • National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT)
  • Woodland Trust Scotland (WTS).

NGO report

Full citation

Mc Morran, R., Glass, J, Frankland, D. (2013). Evidence for Scotland’s Land Reform Policy Review (2012­-2014) - The socioeconomic benefits of the ownership and management of land by environmental non­-governmental organisations (NGOs). Commissioned report prepared by the Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College UHI.

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