Crofting Register reaches 3,000 milestone

Published: 09 September 2016

The 3,000th croft has been added to the Crofting Register as teams at Registers of Scotland continue their work to have all 18,000 of the country’s crofts placed online.

The milestone represents an increase of 1,000 from last November when the 2,000-mark was reached. Indeed, the ongoing work has seen the figure rise from 1,000 to 3,000 in under two years. Furthermore, there are 300 common grazings registered, too.

Introduced in 2012, the Crofting Register is the first official register to give crofters legal certainty over their crofts. Because the register is map-based, it offers guarantees on the extent of croft land and will secure the land for future generations.

Fergus Ewing MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, said: “The Scottish Government recognises the benefits delivered by crofting – sustaining agricultural activity; supporting the rural economy; enhancing wildlife and the natural environment; and retaining young people in our remote, rural and island communities. This is another significant milestone in establishing the full extent of croft land.”

John King, the business development director at Registers of Scotland, said: “Once again, our team has worked hard in the past few months to ensure we pass yet another impressive milestone. We now have a sixth of the country’s crofts on the Crofting Register and that number will continue to grow.”

Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF), said: “The SCF is the only organisation dedicated to representing crofters. We have worked with Registers of Scotland on the Crofting Register and community mapping for many years now.

“Getting to 3,000 is very significant progress and very encouraging. Registers of Scotland has put a great deal of effort and creativity into this very important initiative which we have appreciated participating in. Now for the next 1,000!”

Spokesman for the Inverness-based Crofting Commission Murdo Maclennan said: “It is great to see the momentum of the Crofting Register continue to grow. To have reached 3,000 registered crofts and 300 common grazings in such a short space of time is a notable achievement in safeguarding the future of crofting.

“We look forward to seeing this figure increase and we are continuing to work closely with Registers of Scotland and crofters to ensure the registration process is as smooth as possible.”

The Crofting Register is a free-to-search, public register of crofts, common grazings, and land held runrig. “Runrig” means land that is divided into strips that belong to different people.

The register is map-based and shows defined extents of land and property on the Ordnance Survey map. It also contains information on the tenant or owner-occupier crofter on the land, as well as the landlord and/or the landowner of the registered land.

More information on the Crofting Register is available at www.crofts.ros.gov.uk.

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Notes to editors

  1. For more information or to request an interview, please contact Jacq Kelly on 0131 528 3738 or communications@ros.gov.uk.Communications, Registers of Scotland, Meadowbank House, 153 London Road, Edinburgh, EH8 7AU.
  2. As of 8 September, there are 3,043 crofts registered and 333 common grazings. 523 (17%) of these crofts form part of community applications. The register went live on 30 November 2012 and was only open to voluntary registrations in the first year. There are around 18,000 crofts in Scotland.
  3. 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. Registers of Scotland records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers
  4. The Crofting Register is one of 17 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). More information can be found on our dedicated land register completion section of our website.
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