Langholm Moor Community Buyout


Supporting the south of Scotlands largest community land purchase. To manage Langholm Moor for ecological restoration and community regeneration.

The Langholm Initiative have launched their crowdfunding campaign as they attempt the largest community buyout in the south of Scotland, hoping to bring 10,500 acres (about 5,600 football pitches) into community ownership. To be successful we need to raise the full purchase price by the end of October 2020.

The project has received a great boost today (07/05/2020)  as the John Muir Trust has pledged £100,000 towards the purchase.

This project has the potential to act as a blueprint for other communities to place the environment at the heart of the decisions they make.

The project has received widespread support from organisations such as the John Muir Trust, RSPB Scotland, The Woodland Trust, Borders Forest Trust and The Revive Coalition. In addition to this we have cross party political support for our plans, due to the positive goals relating to climate change, ecological restoration and community regeneration.

Locally over 20 organisations have written letters of support for the buyout.

Kevin Cumming, the Langholm Initiative’s project leader said: “Our community plans here have international significance. At a time of climate emergency we are committing to undertake direct climate action including peatland restoration, ancient woodland restoration, the creation of new native woodlands and increasing the diversity of wildlife here”

“At this critical stage we are asking for the help of the public. We know it is a lot to ask at a time like this but if people can support us by donating to this project we will be demonstrating a more positive future for our children.”

These ambitious plans will be taken forward with the creation of the new Tarras Valley Nature Reserve.

Our plans

Over the past six months, a thorough feasibility study has been conducted by community land specialists Duncan MacPherson, Faye McLeod  & Willie McGhee, (a huge thank you to previous crowdfunding supporters for making this possible).

This has given us a vision for a bright future for Langholm moor,  a sustainable business plan for the  Langholm Initiative, and demonstrated real community and environmental benefits.  Our plans centre around creating the Tarras Valley Nature Reserve on the vast majority of the land. Here we will carry out positive climate action and provide a new focus for wildlife tourism and recreation in the south of Scotland.  On a smaller area of land nearest the town itself we will investigate appropriate small scale renewable energy (a single small turbine and a single small solar farm) and the development of a small eco-campsite. We will also investigate repurposing disused and dilapidated steadings for either small scale housing or modern business units, both of which are badly needed in Langholm (there have only been 6 new houses built in Langholm in the past 30 years).

This land also holds huge historical and cultural significance to local people who care passionately about its future. For over 250 years the community have marked the boundaries of the common land and this tradition still goes on today with the annual Common Riding celebration.

See our prospectus  which sets out our vision for Langholm Moor.

Further information including the summary of our business plan, a summary of small scale renewables and a map is available on our website.

Please see below for donation rewards.

We know it is a lot to ask in the current situation, however, we would be very grateful if you could donate what you can. This project provides hope for the future beyond Covid-19 and helps in the battle against climate change, while securing this land for future generations.


As a thank you for your kind contribution we have put together rewards which can be accessed through different levels of donation. If you make more than one donation the total amount you donate will be the reward you can choose to receive. If you do make more than one donation please leave a comment to let us know. This will make it easier for us to add them together.

Donations up to £100

Thank you! We hugely appreciate it and will do a big public thank you via our social media channels.  (Unless you donate anonymously, or let us know you would prefer us not to)

Donations over £100 up to £400

Bronze: Name on a welcome sign at entry points to community owned land.

Donations over £400 up to £2,000

Silver: same as bronze plus a welcome pack and annual update pack for the first 5 years. A tree will also be planted in your name in our new native woodland.

Donations over £2,000 up to £50,000

Gold: Same as previous two levels plus an invitation to a guided visit to the land.

Donations over £50,000

Platinum: Same as previous levels plus you will be invited to an annual dinner hosted in Langholm and attended by those working on the project.

If you would prefer to discuss a substantial donation with us please contact

You do not have to receive a reward. Please leave us a comment with your donation if you do not want to receive any further information from us.

Please remember to tick the Gift Aid box, it makes a lot of difference.

On behalf of the people of Langholm and the global community, Thank you.

Use of Donations 

The total amount we need to raise is £6.4m. We have applied to the Scottish Land fund for £3m and hope to succeed by raising the remaining amount through a number of sources.

In the event that we do not meet our target, we will purchase a smaller area, if we are confident it can be sustainably managed to provide community and environmental benefit.  Alternatively, we will withdraw from the sale.

Should we have to withdraw the Langholm Initiative will offer a similar alternative proposal for the use of donations.  You will also have the option of having donations returned.  Unfortunately,  we will not be able to refund any transaction fees or deductions charged by the funding platform.


More information about The Langholm Initiative:

An award-winning development trust for Eskdale, working to help individuals reach their full potential, and make ours a great place to live, work and visit. Working on employability, enterprise, anti-poverty and environmental protection and education.

Images used with the kind permission of Laurie Campbell.

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Fundraising team: Langholm Moor Working Group (2)

Kevin Cumming 
Raised £4,674 from 60 donations
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