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New Partnership to Drive Woodland Crofts Forward

Friday, September 28, 2012

Three community-based organisations are joining forces in a new push to promote and develop woodland crofts.

The Scottish Crofting Federation, the Community Woodlands Association and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust plan a number of measures over the coming months.

These include the establishment of a Woodland Crofts Register of Interest, being launched today, which will be used to match up those who wish to obtain a woodland croft with those who have them to offer – or plan to develop them. The expectation is that the evidence provided by the register will help stimulate the creation of new woodland crofts.

Later in the autumn a dedicated website for woodland crofts will be launched, at, which will cover not just the legalities and practicalities of woodland crofts but also the philosophy – why small-scale, holistic management of woodland under crofting tenure can be an answer to many of the pressing rural problems of the 21st century.

Alongside this a programme of three knowledge-share events will be held, each hosted by one of the project partners and highlighting a particular woodland crofts theme, though providing general information too. These will take place in Tighnabruaich on 25 October, Gairloch on 22 November, and Dornoch on 12 December. Booking details for these will be publicised nearer the time.

A registration form for the Woodland Crofts Register of Interest is available from the CWA website. ( Please return by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Word versions), or by post to the HSCHT office in Inverness (paper copies). HSCHT is hosting the Register of Interest on behalf of the partnership. This application wil be availabel on our own website soon.

SCF Croft Register of Interest

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation wishes to maintain a register of people who are interested in obtaining a croft. This register can then be matched with any crofts that become available and the SCF will notify appropriate people on the list. Note that under the Crofting Act of 2010, crofters must live on or within 32 kms of their croft and must make purposeful use of the land. The list is maintained as a service for members only.

SCF’s register of interest - please download the form and return to HQ, contact Karen if you have any questions.


SCF Welcomes New Crofting Commission Convenor

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes the appointment of the new convenor to the Crofting Commission.

Derek Flyn, Chair of the SCF, said “We are very pleased to see that the long awaited appointment has now been made. We are a particularly impressed that the new Commission is to be led by a very experienced crofter and development activist and someone who has shown herself to be a true friend to crofting.”

The convenor that has been appointed to the Crofting Commission is Susan Walker of Camuscross, Isle of Skye. Susan has been very active in crofting development and was a co-author of the The State of Crofting in Camuscross report.

Mr Flyn concluded, “It is particularly inspiring that the new Commission is being led by a female crofter.”


Concern About Cost of New Crofting Register

Monday, September 24, 2012

Delegates at the annual Crofting Law Group conference held in Portree last Friday (21 September) were shown progress towards the new Crofting Register.

The creation of a map-based record of crofts as one of the national Registers of Scotland is amongst several recent crofting law reforms. Others include the winding-up of the Crofters Commission after 56 years and the establishment of a partly-elected Crofting Commission, which came into being last April.


“Sort out your succession” crofters urged

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has warned crofters to make arrangements for their croft succession without delay. The warning follows the experience of a member who was threatened with the loss of his croft to fund the residential care costs of his elderly mother. Although the crofter had worked the croft for over twenty years and it was an important part of his livelihood, it remained in his mother’s name until a year before she went into care. The family had not arranged an assignation until then, and did not see the need to do so as their mother’s will made clear her intentions. The local authority claimed that, despite the assignation, the croft was the lady’s financial asset for the purposes of assessing her liability for care home charges.

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