The flexibility of community-owned structures allows organisations like ours to break down barriers that conventional approaches struggle to achieve, such as the barriers to entry for farming, namely inflated land values. By placing Fordhall into community ownership in 2006 we broke down this barrier and provided a young tenant farmer with a 100 year tenancy agreement – something which rarely exists in agriculture today.
I hope my presence at the conference will encourage yet further, the momentum that is building within the community movement. Together we can make our communities a better place to live and work.
I'll report back on my return....