Creating a New Croft
Robert Jamieson, from Cullivoe, Yell in Shetland applied to the Commission to create a new croft. The new croft was to be made up of 2 non-croft subjects both of which hold grazing rights in the North Yell common grazing. The reason Mr Jamieson wanted to create a new croft was to enable him to let the tenancy to his 26 year old son, Lee, who has a very keen interest in crofting.
Both units have only been partially used over the years and the fences and drains are in need of some attention, there are also two old buildings on the units. Lee intends to renovate the old buildings so they can be used as lambing sheds, repair the fences and clean out the drains. He already has hens and ducks and sells the eggs locally which he will continue to do, and proposes to breed sheep and eventually introduce cattle and grow his own fruit and vegetables.
Lee already plays a major role in the community being a member of the Cullivoe Primary School Eco-Committee. He was instrumental in getting funding for a polytunnel for the School where members of the Committee, including Lee, show children how to grow vegetables which they use to make soup, cakes, jam and chutneys for Coffee Mornings. Lee is also on the Cullivoe Hall and Cullivoe Up-Helly-Aa Committee and plays football for the local team.
Approval of these applications has allowed a young man, who is strongly involved in community activities, obtain a croft in his own right and a base to secure his future on the island, contributing to both the local economy and population retention in a remote part of Shetland.
Lee Jamieson: “I am delighted to eventually become tenant of this new croft. It has taken a while but has been worth it. I am currently in the process of applying for grants so as to fence in some of the ground and roof the old out houses.”
Robert Jamieson: “I’m glad to have made Lee tenant of the croft. I am sure he will do well with this and wish him every success. The staff at the SGRPID office in Lerwick have been very helpful with the whole process.”