Following concerns over the future of the Ecology Centre in its former site at Craigencalt Farm a public meeting of some 140 concerned local people in March 2004, a steering group formed to explore the application of the powers of community right to buy in the new Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 in helping achieve their aspirations for Kinghorn Loch and its surrounds. Arising from this, Kinghorn Community Land Association (KCLA) was formed in March 2005.

Key milestones

  • 2005 - KCLA registers an interest in land on the east shore of Kinghorn Loch under community right to buy legislation
  • 2007 – successfully registered a community interest in a further 18 plots surrounding Kinghorn Loch at that point having the most registrations of any community body in Scotland
  • 2008 – commission feasibility studies on how ownership of land could work
  • 2010 – East shore plot successfully re-registered
  • 2012 – attempted re-registration of other 18 plots rejected by Scottish Government
  • 2013 – 4 key plots of land registered once again, meaning the community has right to buy option on 5 plots in total. Begin negotiations on land purchase with administrators for Kinghorn Developments
  • 2014 – the Ecology Centre purchases the original registered plot of land on the east shore of the loch as a base for its new centre
  • 2015 – KCLA purchase, with funding from the Big Lottery Scottish Land Fund, 4 registered plots of land, totalling 10 acres.
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