A total of 494 community groups across Scotland have now benefitted from SNP land reform legislation, according to the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.
The SNP Government is well on its way to reaching the One Million Acres of Community Ownership target by 2020.
The approach to land reform has included an extension of the £10 million Scottish Land Fund last year to support urban communities interested in buying their own land.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
"Scotland’s ground breaking land reform has brought over half a million acres of land into community ownership. This is even more impressive when you consider the human impact of this reform, with 494 community groups now in charge of their own destiny in Scotland.
“People are well and truly at the heart of the SNP’s land reform that enables communities to thrive and make decisions about places that would often otherwise be lying derelict. This is at the very heart of a community empowerment strategy aiming to make Scotland a more prosperous and fairer place to live."