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Kyle Industrial Estate
Kyle of Lochalsh
Tel: 01599 530 005
Fax: 01599 618 038
Submission to the Land Reform Review Group
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The Woodland Crofts Partnership (WCP) is a partnership of 3 third-sector organisations seeking to promote and develop woodland crofts. It comprises the Scottish Crofting Federation, the Community Woodlands Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust. We welcome this opportunity to submit evidence to the Land Reform Review Group.
SCF response to Crofting Commission Draft Plan Consultation
Monday, September 03, 2012
Thank you for inviting the SCF to read and comment on the draft of the first Crofting Commission Plan (The Plan). This was publicised to our members inviting input to an SCF response. We received many comments (which in itself was very encouraging) and this paper attempts to collate them into topic areas which may not be in the same order as in The Plan but hopefully has a logic that will enable understanding and possible use.
Registers of Scotland Crofting Register Applications Forms Consultation
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The SCF is pleased to be one of the consultations respondents to this consultation.
There were 7 forms being consulted on, of the 7 we have commented on 5, as well as the general registration process. To read our response to this consultation please follow the link below.
Transport Scotland Draft Ferries Plan 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the above consultation.
SCF is the only non-governmental organisation representing crofters and crofting. There are approximately 18,000 crofts of which just under half are in the four main island groups (Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Argyll Islands). It is therefore evident that ferry services are of fundamental importance to the people represented by SCF. Crofters in Ardnamurchan, although nominally on the mainland, are also highly dependent on the Corran Ferry and on their links with Mull.
Affordable, reliable ferry services are probably the single most important factor in maintaining functioning economies and viable populations in the islands of Scotland. The sustainability of livestock production in the islands, and in remote mainland peninsulas, with its recognised social, economic and environmental benefits, is absolutely dependent in terms of costs and logistics on ferry services.
To read the full response please click on the PDF
Elections to the Crofting Commission
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Consultation paper on draft regulations
Respondent Information Form
Please Note this form must be returned with your response to ensure that we handle your response appropriately.
Please see the form below
SNH Commissioned Report 454 - Impact of the decline in hill farming.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Agricultural census data from the Scottish Government has shown that the national sheep flock declined by almost 2.9 million between 1998 and 2009. Similarly, the beef cattle herd declined by 110,783 over the same period. The greatest declines in livestock have been in the hills and uplands of the north and west of Scotland. These declines have been fuelled by a combination of factors, including a general down-turn in the economic viability of hill farms and changes in the way that livestock farmers are subsidised. The changes in hill farming and crofting that have resulted from the decline in livestock numbers have had economic, social and natural heritage impacts. Conservation and natural heritage objectives in some parts of Scotland depend on the continuation of livestock farming. Livestock farming is also an integral part of the culture and history of rural Scotland, and is vital to the rural economy. The aim of this project was to gather information on what is happening on the ground in terms of livestock declines, the changes in management associated with these declines, and the impacts of these changes on the natural heritage and rural communities.
SCF Crofting Policy Resolution - election 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
1. SCF call on the next Scottish Government to publish an Action Plan for Crofting within a year of taking office. The plan should set out the policies that will be put in place to meet two objectives:
1. A majority of Scotland’s existing 17,000 crofts being used by active crofters to produce food and public goods – 70% by 2020 and 85% by 2030.
2. Creating 10,000 new crofts by 2020, with a longer term objective of increasing the area of land under crofting tenure so that one-quarter of land in Scotland is in crofting tenure by 2030.
Land Use Consultation Full Response
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) is pleased to offer this response to the Government’s consultation on the above. SCF is the only representative and campaigning organisation for crofters and crofting in Scotland. The crofting counties cover almost half the land-mass of the country, and 25 percent of the agricultural land within that area is under crofting tenure. Much of this land is rough grazing, but there is good arable and grassland in crofting tenure in such areas as Easter Ross, Caithness, Orkney, the south end of Shetland, and the machair lands of the Outer Hebrides and the Argyll Islands. This is a resource of huge food production capacity, but also comprises many of the country’s most valued landscapes and habitats, and most of its peat-based soils (and therefore by far its largest soil-carbon store). There are approximately 17,500 crofts and 11,000 crofters.
SCF Response to the Pack interim report
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the interim report of the Inquiry into future support for agriculture in Scotland. SCF is the only member-led organisation dedicated to promoting crofting and is the largest association of small-scale food producers in Scotland. Its mission is to safeguard and promote the rights, livelihoods and culture of crofters and their communities. Working through our membership structure we can respond authoritively at local, national and international levels on the many issues affecting crofting and crofting communities. We have presented here comments gathered from our area representatives and advisors, not in any order of priority.
Brian Pack Inquiry - Interim Report
Thursday, February 04, 2010
The Inquiry into Future Support for Agriculture in Scotland invites interested organisations and individuals to respond to this public consultation as part its Inquiry.
Attached is the report as well as a number of issues for consideration.
Responses should be sent to: BrianPackInquiry@scotland.gsi.gov.uk and they should be in no later than the 5th of March 2010.
The latest news on the inquiry can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/inquiry/latest
SCF response to the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill consultation May 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the proposals put forward by the Scottish Government (SG) to amend crofting law. The consultation document is meticulous, is well written and clearly laid out, which is to be commended. We appreciate that the Crofting Futures Team also presented this document at a wide selection of venues in the crofting counties which gave crofters the opportunity to get clarification and to give opinions.
We are responding on behalf of our membership, currently in excess of 2000 individuals plus their families, who have been widely consulted and given the opportunity to contribute to the draft. We trust therefore that this will be given due weight.
Crofting legislation needs to be placed in the wider context of food production, land management, environment and social well-being in rural Scotland but it is our opinion that this bill fails to do this. We attempt to place crofting in this context before answering the consultation questions.
For a full copy of the SCF response please click on the PDF below
SCF and EFNCP joint response to SG CAP Health Check
Thursday, May 14, 2009
SCF and EFNCP joint response to the Scottish Government consultation on CAP Health Check implementation.
SCF evidence to The House of Lords LFASS Enquiry
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The Scottish Crofting Foundation (SCF) welcomes the opportunity to input to this review of the LFA scheme by the House of Lords. Please see the attached pdf file for the full response.
SCF and EFNCP response to LFASS consultation
Monday, December 22, 2008
A joint response by the Scottish Crofting Foundation and the European
Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism to the Scottish
Government consultation on the Less favoured Area Support Scheme,
SCF response to the petition by Mrs Netta MacKenzie
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Scottish Crofting Foundation response to the request by the Petitions Committee regarding the petition raised by Netta MacKenzie, PE1201