Assynt amend

The Field - - Letters -

I write in re­sponse to a let­ter by Jamie Ste­wart, the di­rec­tor of the Scot­tish Coun­try­side Al­liance [Jan­uary is­sue]. Mr Ste­wart’s heart is in the right place re­gard­ing sport­ing rates but he has his facts wrong. The

Assynt Crofters did in­deed mount a cam­paign to buy the North Assynt Es­tate, funded in large part by pub­lic do­na­tions (it was bought

for £300,000, and we have just cel­e­brated our 25th an­niver­sary).

Counter to what Mr Ste­wart wrote, how­ever, we did not go on to buy Glen­can­isp and Drum­runie es­tates. The Assynt Foun­da­tion, which op­er­ates Glen­can­isp and Drum­runie, is a sep­a­rate en­tity with no con­nec­tion to the Crofters’ Trust. We did not re­ceive £1.6 mil­lion from the Scot­tish Land Fund nor did we re­ceive £600,000 from High­land & Is­land En­ter­prise.

We are, how­ever, sol­vent thanks to our hy­dro scheme, such that we now pro­vide part-time em­ploy­ment for a num­ber of peo­ple and bur­saries to young folk from the es­tate who wish to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion. Dr Ray Mackay, vice chair, Assynt Crofters’ Trust

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