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Crofting Workshop

Scottish Land & Estate members, including two former Chairs of the Scottish Land & Estates Crofting Group, headed to the beautiful village of Kishorn in Wester Ross on Friday 3 February to attend a workshop on the development of a new Crofting Bill for Scotland. Crofting Estate Landowner Mark Pattinson and his wife Gillian run the 1500ha Lochcarron Estate together with a successful art centre run on their own croft. 12 members of the Scottish Land & Estates Crofting Group attended the workshop together with the leader of the Scottish Government’s Crofting Bill Team, Michael O’Neill and two of his staff. Scottish Land & Estates current Chairman of the Crofting Group, Murray McCheyne and Senior Policy Officer Katy Dickson spent the previous day in Inverness attending meetings with other crofting stakeholders and in the evening Mr McCheyne and several members had discussions over dinner with Mark in preparation for the workshop. The Friday session was led by Mr O’Neill and over a 4 hour period members were able to provide his team with their views on the outcomes, opportunities, barriers and objectives from the Landowners point of view.  Mr O’Neill thanked Scottish Land & Estates and Mr Pattinson for providing the perfect venue on a working croft for the meeting and members for their enthusiastic and informed participation.

 

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