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Commission encourages crofters to effectively regulate Common Grazings


The Crofting Commission is encouraging crofters to regulate their Common Grazings effectively by providing a standard set of regulations, along with detailed guidance, for Grazings Committee to use when setting out the terms of the committee. 

Traditionally common grazings is land shared, mainly by crofters, predominantly for grazing stock, but also, peat cutting and a place to keep their boat.  The Commission wants to encourage good shared management of common grazings to help foster stronger communities, deliver economic benefits and to reduce the likelihood of these areas being abandoned or overgrown.

Crofting Commissioner, Murdo MacLennan, explains:

“There are over 1,000 common grazings covering over 500,000 hectares across Scotland and approximately only 50% of those are protected by law by having a properly constituted grazings committee recorded with the Commission.

“We have created a standard set of regulations to give clearer guidance for committees and shareholders about how their common grazings is regulated.  Grazing Regulations are a set of rules detailing the management and use of a common grazing and provide details of each person who is entitled to use the common grazing and the number of stock they are allowed to graze.     

“We are urging Grazings Committees to read the guidance and template regulations to ensure they are working within the scope of the crofting legislation and that any other activities that fall outside of crofting legislation are kept separate from the duties of the Grazings Committee. 

“The role of common grazings is central to the contribution crofting can make to the sustainable development of crofting communities and properly constituted grazings committees are the most effective way to safe guard the future common grazing land for the benefit of all crofters.”

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Crofting Roadshows 2017

The Crofting Commission will be appointing a new panel of Assessors in Spring 2018. If you are part of a crofting community and want to be more involved join us at a crofting roadshow near you to find out more about the role of Assessors and a general update on Commission activities.
TIME: 7:30 - 9pm

20 November - Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall

21 November - Busta House Hotel, Brae, Shetland

22 November - Rogart Hall, Rogart

29 November - Falls of Lora Hotel, Connel

30 November - Nevis Centre, Fort William

4 December - Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula

5 December - Caladh Inn Hotel, Stornoway

6 December - Gairloch Village Hall, Gairloch

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