I think that is quite correct. I think when you look back over the years, how crofting has had the ability to change and deal with the different rules and regulations and contracts and the different situations presented to it. We are governed and limited to a great extent by rules that come from the government and the Agricultural Department. They tell us that we must do this and we must do that and nobody could count the number of regulations and things happening over the years regarding what you can do with crofting. In spite of that, crofts are able to operate and change within these confines. I think that these preservation people within the authorities have noticed and understand now that crofting is a way of life which is good for the environment, and that it does not spoil the environment. That way of life was designed hundreds of years ago, it is not something that happened over a few years, it has been going on for hundreds of years, and these were the methods then and are still here to a great degree. And I think that they are noticing now that crofting as it is, is not spoiling the environment, that it is good for the environment rather than a big industry with 4000 acres, where they use fertilisers and chemicals to maintain control of the land, and things like that. Crofting is not like that, and I think that they understand now that crofting is not a bad thing for the environment and that crofting keeps control of the place where we live.

  • James MacDonald (Tatties)
Saturday 13th September 2008