On Thursday 9th January Patrick Krause CE of the Scottish Crofting Federation and Dr David Heaney for Rossal Research and Consultancy gave a presentation entitled ‘Social Crofting: a model for social justice and green care in the Highlands and Islands.’ The event was attended by 40 in the St Aldates Tavern.
Opening the presentation Patrick Krause gave an insight into the history of crofting and its role within communities in the Highlands and Islands which highlighted its significance in terms of the delivery of social and rural development outcomes concurrent to primary agricultural production. David Heaney presented interim findings from the Gaining Ground project and discussed the case studies that he has undertaken as part of this project.
To date David has visited three enterprises within the Highland Region and will visit two more in Morayshire. Case studies reveal that a number of different models of provision exist from organised activity closely aligned to social service provision to voluntary models that tackle social isolation whilst providing non-monetary benefit to the circular economy.
The presentations led into a very lively discussion. Questions raised included several from those who are interested in becoming a social crofter and want to find out more about accreditation, and those who were experienced social farmers, who discussed the barriers to entry
Our next event is on Monday 24th February in Inverness, follow this link to book.