Following HIE and the Crofting Commission’s announcement at the Black Isle Show that they aim to work collaboratively to further support crofting, SCF chair Russell Smith commented: “The Scottish Crofting Federation welcomes all support for crofting as it can only benefit our members. Since the crofting development role was transferred to HIE from the Crofting Commission, support has been concentrated on community development rather than purely on crofting matters.
“This move may herald more focus on crofting, which provides the bedrock for many communities in the north and west. Without crofting there might not be a community at all in some places, as population drifts away to the towns. As Mr Ewing says, ‘a successful crofting sector helps our rural communities to thrive’. Read more here…..