Thousands of people have benefitted from new community facilities since the passing in 2015 of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
The Act has empowered community bodies in Scotland, making it easier for communities to take ownership of, or control of, abandoned land and buildings in public ownership through asset transfer.
In 2018, the Bonnymuir Green Community Trust made legal history by becoming the first community body in the north of Scotland to make use of the new legal powers to take over the abandoned Bonnymuir Bowling Green in Aberdeen.
The act aims to help communities do more for themselves and have more say in decisions that affect them. This, it seems, has led to greater participation in local democracy, increased confidence and skills among local people, with more people actively volunteering in their communities, which in turn has led to greater satisfaction with quality of life in their neighbourhoods.
Abandoned churches, high street buildings, parks and pubs are among hundreds of gathering places that have been revitalised by communities in the five years since new laws allowed locals to take them on.