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New Guidance for Common Grazings Committees


The Crofting Commission has created a new set of guidance for Common Grazings Committees.  The Guidance is intended to assist Grazings Committees with their responsibilities to maintain and improve common grazings.  It provides information on all aspects of common grazings management and the relevant role of a Grazings Committee.  The Guidance is distinct from Grazings Regulations; it provides an aide to Committees by advising on what must be in regulations and what may also be considered best practice.  However, it does not replace or add to the Grazings Regulations which provides the agreed basis for the proper management of common grazings

Convener, Rod Mackenzie said, “The Commission views the Guidance as an important part of its support for Grazings Committees and the vital role they play in the management of common grazings.   With over half a million hectares of common grazings, or two-thirds of all croft land, common grazings are an integral part of the crofting system.  As such, the Commission recognises the importance of Grazings Committees and we declared our intent to provide support and advice for them when we set out our Policy Plan in 2017.  The Common Grazings Guidance document is part of this process.  The guidance is available on the Commission website  or a copy can be requested directly from the Commission by emailing



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 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.

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