A village in southern Scotland has bought a large part of a famous grouse moor from one of the UK’s most powerful hereditary peers, the Duke of Buccleuch. The deal is the largest-ever community buyout in the south of Scotland and involved both public fundraising as well as a grant from the forestry charity Woodland Trust. “Community ownership can be a catalyst for regeneration, which we want to show can be done with the environment at its heart,” said Kevin Cumming, leader of the Langholm Initiative.

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