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Demonstration crofts in Coigach & Assynt

We will be looking for enthusiastic and forward-looking crofters to take up the demonstration croft opportunity. The croft selection will be done in a competitive and transparent way. Croft development will be guided by an agreed plan and implemented by a combination of training event, the crofter him/herself, a development budget, and funding through rural payments schemes. Do you want to develop your croft?  Would you be willing to share your experiences and knowledge to help Coigach/Assynt crofters?  Many crofters have said that they’d like to see some crofting development happen in our area, so CALLP have put aside funding to have one croft in each area used as a base for demonstrations, training and advice.  Suggestions so far have included: Benefits of lime and fertiliser advice on bracken and rush control access to AECS and CAGS and other schemes and all other ideas are welcome. A few meetings (by arrangement) a year would be held on the croft, and other than some labour and willingness to try things out, there would be no cost to the host.  It is

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Crofting Project – maximising the opportunities available to crofters

Crofting exists in areas where agricultural production and investment costs are traditionally high. It is widely regarded as a socially, culturally and environmentally important activity, for the sense of identity it provides, the landscape it produces and the systems of communal working it supports. The aims of this project will be to provide practical training events and sharing of knowledge facilitate the sourcing of appropriate advice and support for crofters establish two demonstration crofts across the Coigach & Assynt area provide a community mapping assistance and use GIS technology help/advice on bracken/rush control access to AECS/CAGS and any other schemes If you would like further information on the project and how it could help you please contact Anne Campbell, Crofting & Rural Projects Coordinator, by email at aacampbell@coigach-assynt.org or call 01571 844 638 or 07799494271

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