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Common Grazings Census

The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 imposed new requirements on grazings committees to report every 5 years on the condition of their common grazings, the condition of every croft of tenant and owner-occupier crofters sharing in the grazings and on any other matter affecting the common grazings or crofting in any township associated with the grazings.

We have created a template form for the Grazings Census to help grazings committees comply with their Duty to Report and have consulted with crofters and crofting stakeholders to make the form as easy and simple to complete as possible.

The final part of the form allows grazings committees to highlight specific concerns they may have about misuse, neglect or non-residency of crofts in the township. The Commission will normally only investigate matters further where they consider that crofting duties are not complied with. However, section 26B of the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 allows the Commission to investigate potential breaches of duty of its own accord.

It is in the interest of crofting as a whole that these issues are addressed to ensure that croft land continues to be worked for the benefit of generations of crofters to come.

A copy of the Grazings Census form can be found below along with Frequently Asked Questions. Hard copies of the form are available on request.

Please complete the form and either email to GrazingCensus@crofting.gov.scot or return a copy by post. Any questions regarding the Grazings Census should also be emailed to GrazingCensus@crofting.gov.scot or write to us at the address at the bottom of the page.

Common Grazings - Common Grazings Census

Common Grazings Census

UPDATE FOR CROFTERS

Given last night’s announcement from the UK and Scottish Government the Crofting Commission’s office is now effectively closed.

Working without an office base presents us with many practical challenges and we will not be able to offer a normal service. We cannot deal with any new applications for the time being, though we will keep this under review. Meantime, our staff who continue to work from home, will process existing applications as far as possible.

You can continue to contact us by email info@crofting.gov.scot. Messages received in this inbox will find their way to the right person.

We cannot take phone calls on our normal office number or respond to any voicemails that are left on that number. Instead we have added mobile numbers to the Contact Us page of this website so crofters can continue to speak with us.

These are certainly unprecedented times and the proposals outlined above may change but we will keep you updated if they do.

Crofting Commission, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW 

 

 

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