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SCF Launches New training Pilot for Crofters and Small Landholders

Thursday, September 16, 2010

On its 25th anniversary Annual Gathering in Oban, the Scottish Crofting Federation is launching a new pilot programme of skills development for crofters and small landholders. Crofters and Small Landholders Skills for the 21st Century encompasses courses at Entry Level (Crofting Induction courses), covering subjects ranging from tenancy and ownership laws to livestock and land management, landscape and wildlife conservation, forestry, horticulture, finance and marketing, the European dimension, and community development. These are followed by wide ranging practical skills options under various individual unit headings of Crofting Livestock; Land Management; Conservation and environment; Crofter Forestry; Crofter Horticulture and Crofting Heritage skills.


One Size Doesn’t Fit All - The Scotttish Crofting Federation’s Silver Jubilee Message

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The unique nature and identity of crofters and crofting will be celebrated at the Scottish Crofting Federation’s Annual Gathering in Oban on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September.

SCF is celebrating 25 years as the organisation representing crofters and promoting crofting with the theme ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All’ at the Gathering. SCF’s message is that crofting cannot simply be grouped as ‘farming’.

SCF’s chief executive Patrick Krause said: “Diversity is the key to a thriving rural population, a message which our speakers will reinforce. Crofting has its own identity. It is a land-based culture, supporting populations in remotest rural Scotland, with crofters acting as guardians of some of the UK’s – and indeed Europe’s- most fragile and rare habitats. The fact that crofting has the resilience to keep people in these remote areas is due to its diversity.


What should the priorities be for rural Scotland?

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Scottish Government are using the Rural Network website to gather responses to their Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation. This is a chance for everyone with an interest in rural Scotland to have their voice heard. The government aren't just looking for the views of rural interest groups and organisations - they want to know what you think of the proposals set out in the consultation document. So, if you've never responded to a government consultation before, why not Speak Up for Rural Scotland? You can make general comments on the proposals or answer any of the set consultation questions. Get involved by going to the Speak Up for Rural Scotland consultation.