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“The Song of the Owl” (c.1600) by Domhnall mac Fhionnlaigh nan Dàn is a haunting expression of the idea of unity existing between land, people, all living creatures, nature and culture. The Gaelic word for this is “dùthchas”.


Kilfinan Community Forest on the Cowal peninsula, in Argyll and Bute promotes two models of land reform which are being used to re-people the land: community land ownership; and woodland crofts, or tenancies, for people who commit to replant and manage the forest. Nestled alongside the coastal village of Tighnabruaich, Kilfinan Community Forest is working to transition a monoculture plantation back to biodiverse native woodland while also bringing people more actively into this landscape.