Community empowerment and Scotland’s environment

​Find out about our approach and the opportunities for your community to get more involved in environmental issues.

Helping more communities to care for local nature assets is a top priority for the Scottish Government and NatureScot.

Discover the many ways in which your community can get involved in looking after your local environment. Our list of ideas could inspire you to start taking action today.

Taking the initiative might seem daunting at first, but community networks, toolkits and other types of support are available to help you.

There are also plenty of ways that you and your community can contribute to NatureScot work. Come along to a Board meeting or help us to plan and manage Scotland’s protected areas.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 has extended new powers to Scotland’s communities. Find out why and how your community might make a participation request or asset transfer request.

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 has also extended new duties to NatureScot to participate in Community Planning. NatureScot has published a helpful guide to the contribution that nature can make to Community Planning outcomes.

You can also access our own public register of land holdings, or view a map of the land that NatureScot owns or leases across Scotland.

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