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11 projects progress towards local management of Scottish Crown Estate

Eleven out of 13 applications to a new scheme - designed to encourage local management of Crown land, seabed and coastline - will be moving forward in partnership with Crown Estate Scotland. 

Crown Estate Scotland’s Local Pilots Scheme enables community bodies and local authorities to test new and innovative approaches to sustainable management of the assets. The Scottish Crown Estate includes seabed, just under half of Scotland’s foreshore and 37,000 ha of rural land across four estates. These are home to moorings, pontoons, fish farms, agricultural farms and much more.

The scheme received 13 applications for initial assessment. Five of those will now go to the second stage of the Local Pilots Scheme process, with an additional six progressing to further discussions with Crown Estate Scotland about different types of agreements and partnerships that can enhance local involvement or management.

The five potential Pilot projects will now draw up additional detail as part of the second stage including, importantly, how existing Crown Estate Scotland tenants in the areas impacted will be consulted and considered.

Crown Estate Scotland’s Local Pilots Manager Tom Mallows said: “We’re very grateful for the thought, time and effort put into the applications by everyone so far. The standard of application was extremely high and came from a wide variety of organisations. It shows the appetite and enthusiasm that exists, and the potential to test different ways of managing natural assets in ways that benefit and empower communities.

“While we’re still in the early stages of the process, we’re really looking forward to working closely with these organisations to help them deliver on their ambitions, whether that’s through the Local Pilots Scheme or other routes such as a lease or closer partnership working.”

The five organisations moving to the second stage of the Local Pilots Scheme are:

  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Galson Estate Trust
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Tay and Earn Trust

The six other organisations with whom Crown Estate Scotland will progress discussions are:

  • Findhorn Village Conservation Company
  • Forth District Salmon Fisheries Board
  • Lochgoil Moorings Association and Lochgoil Jetties Trust
  • Mallaig Harbour Authority
  • Portgordon Community Harbour Association
  • St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve


For more information please contact John Lang at Crown Estate Scotland on 07741801225/

Image credit: Orkney Islands Council

Notes to Editors

About Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland manages land and property on behalf of Scottish Ministers. It works with people, businesses and organisations to ensure that the assets are managed in a sustainable way that creates prosperity for the Scotland and its communities. The business started operating in April 2017, replacing The Crown Estate in Scotland, and pays all revenue profit to the Scottish Government.

Crown Estate Scotland manages:

  •  37,000 hectares of rural land with agricultural tenancies, residential and commercial properties and forestry on four rural estates (Glenlivet, Fochabers, Applegirth and Whitehill)
  • Rights to fish wild salmon and sea trout in in river and coastal areas
  • Rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver across most of Scotland
  • Just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours
  • Leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles covering some 750 fish farming sites and agreements with cables & pipeline operators
  • The rights to offshore renewable energy and gas and carbon dioxide storage out to 200 nautical miles
  • Retail and office units at 39-41 George Street Edinburgh

Crown Estate Scotland is a public corporation which manages the assets on an interim basis until new legislation sets out permanent arrangements.