A croft in Shetland has become the 2,000th croft to be registered by Registers of Scotland (RoS) on the online Crofting Register.
It joins the 200th common grazing, a shared area of community land in Assynt, also registered this week.
Introduced in 2012, the Crofting Register is the first official register to give crofters legal certainty over their crofts.
Crofting Minister Aileen McLeod said:
"The Scottish Government is doing all that it can to support a vibrant future for crofting and this fantastic milestone registration is great news for the sector. Crofting is vital to rural communities, economy and the environment, particularly in Scotland's remote and fragile areas. Last year it generated an estimated revenue of almost £86 million, and I hope that more of our 18,000 crofters will be encouraged to register, in order to safeguard the industry for future generations."
Janet Egdell, operations director at RoS, said:
"There are around 18,000 crofts in Scotland, so reaching the 2,000th registration in such a short timeframe is a remarkable achievement, especially as it comes less than a year after we registered the 1,000th croft. I'm particularly pleased to see how many neighbours and townships are working together to facilitate the registration of their land."
Crofting Commission chief executive, Catriona Maclean, said:
"This is another significant milestone for the Crofting Register. To have reached 2,000 registered crofts and 200 registered common grazings is a notable achievement in the safeguarding of crofting for generations to come. The Commission continues to work closely with RoS, crofters and grazings committees to ensure the registration process is as smooth as possible."
More information on the Crofting Register is available at www.crofts.ros.gov.uk.
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Notes to editors
- Registers of Scotland is a non-ministerial department of the Scottish Administration and holds trading fund status. It is responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. RoS records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.
- The Crofting Register is one of 20 registers held by Registers of Scotland. The land register is our main register, which provides ownership information for land and property in Scotland on a digital map-based system. Applications to the Crofting Register are running in parallel to the land register completion project, which was established to transfer titles from the deeds-based General Register of Sasines through trigger events, voluntary registration and keeper-induced registration (KIR). For more information on land register completion.
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