Young Crofters 20:20 Gathering 2015 (Pt. 3) and Further Progress

Day 3: Our final day arrived and we headed over to Glencanisp, stag spotting as we went! We arrived at Glencanisp Lodge as the sun came out, couldn’t have asked for better, more inspiring weather for our last day!

This final day saw us split up into groups one last time to discuss the action points we would like to see carried forward by: the Scottish Crofting Federation, Young Crofters, Crofting Elders and by Scottish Government. When got back into the marquee and compared our all our notes there were main themes which were picked up by every single group. These points were:

  • Broadband and mobile connectivity
  • Jobs
  • Access to land
  • Cash flow
  • Support

It was decided that after positive energy created over the three days that we would attempt to form a group, specifically for young crofters. We would become more political and begin to lobby government and put the pressure on to make the changes we wanted to see regarding the above points. We would begin to form a network of likeminded individuals and work to bring crofting into the foreground and up to date.

After the conference closed a group of seven of us decided to take the scenic route home via Stac Pollaidh. It was a good chance to talk over what we had experienced over the past three days, and the dram at the top didn’t go amiss either…

A Dram Amongst New Friends
A Dram Amongst New Friends
Reaching the Top
Reaching the Top
Like You Do
Like You Do

Wednesday 22nd April: This date found four delegates, myself, Maddy, Rob, and Alex, representing SCF Young Crofters at the Crofting Cross Party Group meeting in Holyrood. An event attended by MSP’s, and pretty much everyone with a vested interest in crofting! We presented an update on the Glencanisp YC20:20 Gathering, and concluded our findings from the event. The group were very welcoming of us and it was great to discuss the points we raised over the course of the meeting.

Just About to Go to the Cross Party Group Meeting (Photo Credit: Maddy Norval)
Just About to Go to the Cross Party Group Meeting (Photo Credit: Maddy Norval)

Friday 24th April: We held a meeting in Inverness, at the Velocity Café, mainly to relay back to those who couldn’t attend the results from the Cross Party Group meeting. We also held a vote to decide whether we should form our own official branch of the Scottish Crofting Federation. A 100% vote towards creating our own branch followed suit, and the SCF Young Crofters was officially born.

Voting at Velocity Cafe
Voting at Velocity Cafe

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