The most important work will be working with communities to explore what it might mean and to understand the risks and opportunities. The feasibility project will be seeking to answer some of the following questions:
- What is the best way to govern a community land project? How do you ensure inclusivity and fairness? What is the experience from Scotland and elsewhere in Europe?
- Are there sustainable business models that will mean that the community is not reliant on continual grant income? What are the capital and skills requirements to develop the ideas that have been developed by the community.
- What is the environmental impact of any change in land use? How can we ensure that we improve and don’t further damage the landscape?
- What are the legal implications of the transfer of management responsibility?
But all of this work is driven by the vision that the community will develop for their landscape – their plans and visions for the next 5 years and the next 100 years!