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New Croft Woodlands Handbook Launched

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A new guide for crofters, communities and small woodland owners, “Managing Small Woodlands in the Highlands and Islands”, was launched last week at the Royal Highland Show. The publication is a joint venture by Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Birchwoods and the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), with additional funding from Scottish Natural Heritage, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Highland Council.

The handbook covers every stage of small woodland management from finance through planning, establishment and maintenance, to harvesting and using the end product. Principal author is forestry consultant Roland Stiven, formerly of Raasay, and there are a variety of individual contributions reflecting experiences of woodland creation from Argyll to Shetland.

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Crofters Celebrate the Fruits of ‘Mother Earth’

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A delegation of crofters have recently returned from Arctic Sweden where they attended a celebration of indigenous food cultures from around the world.

The Indigenous ‘Terra Madre’ (Mother Earth) took place in Jokkmokk in Sweden over the midsummer weekend (17th to 19th June 2011). The gathering was hosted by the Sami people of Northern Europe and the Slow Food movement, which promotes food that is ‘good, clean and fair’.

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Crofters say SNH Report Provides Evidence of Agricultural Policy Failure

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Scottish Crofting Federation claim that a new report by Scottish Natural Heritage, which details the negative effects of undergrazing on the ecology of crofting areas, provides evidence that Government policies have been ‘killing off’ crofting.

The SNH report analyses the views of crofters and environmentalists in three areas of Scotland who were asked to comment on the impacts to local habitats caused by the decline in hill farming over the last decade. The report focuses on three hill and upland areas: the south of the Isle of Skye, the north Highlands and the west Borders.

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Crofting Flavour Saving

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Scottish Crofting Produce enters Slow Food UK Ark of Taste

Traditional Scottish foods are dying out in the rush for profit and convenience. 75% of varieties have been lost in the last 100 years. Enter the Ark of Taste, the last-chance saloon for our neglected produce.

Slow Food UK's Ark of Taste celebrates artisan producers who swim against the tide of intensive production methods to continue the culinary traditions that have been passed down through the generations.

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Renewable Energy for Crofters

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Scottish Crofting Federation is organising a one-day event about renewable energy for crofters and crofting communities. Opportunities to develop new sources of income from croft land have rarely been better. Secure long-term contracts and attractive prices are now available for supplying electricity produced on the croft from wind, water or sunlight.

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SCF Calls for a more affordable meat inspection regime

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has backed calls from the meat and livestock industry for a devolved meat inspection regime for Scotland, but warns that any new legislation must take account of the circumstances of small abattoirs on islands, and in remote mainland areas, if these vital facilities are to survive. Moves to devolve meat inspection follow the decision of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to impose the full costs on meat businesses, including all the overheads of a system regarded in the industry as top-heavy and inefficient, and a historic pensions deficit from the former Meat Hygiene Service.

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