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Land is at the heart of Scotland’s identity, economy and communities. Our role is to stimulate fresh thinking and change in how we as a nation own and use land, and to advise the Scottish Government on an ongoing programme of land reform.

As well as providing advice and recommendations for law and policy, we provide leadership for change in culture and practice. 

Over the last three years we have delivered a substantial programme of research and public engagement, making recommendations for significant changes in law and policy, and promoting more immediate changes in culture and practice.

Our vision is a fair, inclusive and productive system of ownership, management and use of land that delivers greater benefit for all the people of Scotland. 


We are working to achieve:

  • Scotland's land is owned and used in ways that are fair, responsible and productive
  • More of Scotland's people are able to influence and benefit from decisions about land
  • The way we own and use Scotland's land creates public value and economic wellbeing. 

We achieve this by focusing on change in three ways:

  • Reforming land rights – to reform the way land rights and ownership are controlled to drive economic, social, and environmental value, strengthen community resilience, and reduce inequalities.
  • Embedding responsible land ownership and use – to put accountable and responsible approaches at the heart of land ownership and use.
  • Reforming land markets – to improve the efficiency and equity of land markets to support a fair and productive economy.

We deliver our work through engagement and communications, research and evidence, guidance and codes, good practice and making recommendations for change in legislation, policy and practice.