John Bull found that due to work and family commitments he had little time to look after his croft at Grenetote in Uist. However, he was keen that the croft was maintained in good order. John therefore applied to the Commission to sublet the croft to his nephew, Seumas Boyle, for a period of 10 years.
Seumas is 18 years old and although he does not have a croft of his own, he has some sheep and cattle and works on a farm in Uist. Seumas will keep sheep and cattle on the croft and grow winter feed on the Machair. He intends to enter the new Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).
John said, “It's great to see a young person so keen on crofting so I wanted to give Seumas the opportunity to work the croft and I know he will keep it in good order for the period of the sublet.”
Area Commissioner, Murdo MacLennan said, “This is an excellent example of how to ensure crofts are cultivated and maintained over a period of time when the principal tenant is unable to fully utilise them.
It also gives a young person the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to crofting”.