Support for communities

Community networks, toolkits and other types of support are available. Examples of good practice from elsewhere can also offer insights.

Taking the initiative might seem daunting at first, but a lot of support is available.

Community networks

Or find out about Highlands and Islands Enterprise community support.


can help a community to think about issues that affect its local area. Examples include:

View the revised National Standards for Community Engagement, launched by the Scottish Government in 2016. These principles of good practice can help strengthen community engagement and improve what it brings about. NatureScot endorses these standards.

Scottish Government reports

Engaging and empowering communities and stakeholders in rural land use and land management in Scotland

Good practice in overcoming barriers to community land-based activities

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