Land Use Conversations: A Glenkens Future?

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Our landscape is changing – it always has. How we see this change depends on a whole range of factors, from the stark to the intangible. This online event provides both national and local perspectives on how our landscape is changing and how we can influence these changes.

Online Event, 7pm, 30th June

Input on the night will include:

  • Hamish Trench, from the Scottish Land Commission. How does the local picture connect to the national perspective on land use?
  • The South of Scotland has been chosen as a pilot area for a Regional Land Use Partnership (RLUP). Andy Tharme has been working on this and will give attendees an introduction to the concept.
  • Ed Forrest leads the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, the first such designation in Scotland. How can the ethos of sustainable development be woven into the land use debate?
  • Artists Kate Foster and Claire Pençak will talk about the ways that they as artists have been engaged with land use and in particular the development of Land Use Strategy for Scotland through the previous Borders Region Pilot.


The event is being co-ordinated by local artists Leeming & Paterson, building on an event in the Catstrand earlier in the year. There will be plenty of time for attendees to have their input, ask questions and discussion to take place.


The event will be chaired on the night by McNabb Laurie, Team leader of the Galloway Glens Scheme. McNabb said:

“Sometimes the range of levers and systems in place that influence land use decisions can seem bewildering. I’m looking forward to learning more about the different ‘push’ and pull’ factors surrounding land use and how the local Glenkens and wider Galloway picture fits into the national perspective. This event will appeal to anyone with an interest in our changing landscape.”


If you would like to book your free online ticket, search for ‘Galloway Glens’, or visit direct link here:

The event is hosted on the zoom platform. Everyone that has booked a ticket will receive the zoom link in the day before the meeting.