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New initiative aimed at landlords of vacant crofts is hoped to strengthen crofting sector in Caithness

By Rachel Smart

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Crofting Commission Great Glen House. Picture Gary Anthony.
Crofting Commission Great Glen House. Picture Gary Anthony.

The Crofting Commission has announced a new initiative designed to strengthen the crofting sector by engaging with landlords of vacant crofts.

This project aims to ensure landlords are aware of their responsibilities and to encourage the re-letting of currently vacant crofting land.

The Commission will be writing out to Landlords of vacant crofts to remind them that they have a legal responsibility that they must re-let the croft within one month of formal notification that the land is not currently tenanted.

Gary Campbell, chief executive of the Crofting Commission, said: “Vacant crofts represent a missed opportunity for new entrants to crofting and for economic activity in rural communities.”

“This initiative will provide landlords with clear information and support, while also highlighting the vital role they play in maintaining a thriving crofting sector.”

The Crofting Commission's plan will focus on three key areas:

Raising Awareness: The Commission will launch a dedicated web page and targeted communication channels to inform landlords about their responsibilities, the re-letting process, and available support resources.

Promoting Engagement: Landlords will be invited to participate in informative sessions to address their concerns and answer any questions they may have.

Facilitating Re-letting: The Crofting Commission will offer support to landlords seeking to re-let their crofts, signposting them to organisations with potential tenants.

“The Crofting Commission is committed to working collaboratively and proactively with landlords,” said Mr Campbell.

“By providing clear guidance and fostering open communication, we can ensure vacant crofts are put back into use, benefiting both landlords and the wider crofting community.”

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