PROPOSAL FOR EXTENSION OF AREAS FOR CROFTING WELCOMED
The proposals for the extension of areas for crofting announced today are good news, according to the Scottish Crofting Foundation.
SCF Director Hugh Donaldson said, “The possibility to create crofts in parts of the Highlands and Islands historically left out of the crofting counties is an exciting opportunity. Crofting is really important in retaining a rural land-based population and can offer tremendous benefits. The possibility announced today is basically an opt-in scheme giving land owners the powers to create new crofts. If well used, this power could have a real impact in areas where access to land is difficult and housing is beyond the reach of many local people. It is particularly being looked at in some areas as an opportunity to create forest crofts.