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Woodland crofts seminar

Woodland crofts housing seminar

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Nearly 60 participants gathered on a glorious April day in Ardfern in Argyll, and viagra sale to consider the issue of woodland crofts housing. In the fine setting of Craignish Village Hall, medical with Craignish Community Company (C3) as hosts, delegates from as far away as Assynt and Galloway – and a number of islands too – heard speakers discuss various aspects of the subject.

To begin proceedings, David Blair from Dunbeag gave an inspirational presentation about what living on, and working, a woodland croft could involve – having lived and worked in his own woodland near Tighnabruaich for several years.

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At the heart of the day was a study carried out by the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust for the Embo Trust, examining how croft housing could be linked to the croft. Were there other mechanisms available, in addition to the ‘traditional’ croft house solution, which would still provide community benefit?

The answer according to this study was yes – allowing more options to be presented to prospective croft tenants – and the technicalities of some of these were explored in later sessions in the day. As ‘light relief’ between the legalities, other speakers presented examples of housing built using local timber and including other ‘sustainability’ features, which were consistent with the mechanisms under discussion.

There was a real buzz to the day with many useful contacts made. At this stage Argyll is proving to be something of a hot-bed of woodland crofts activity, with groups in Mull, Craignish and Kilfinan all progressing plans for woodland crofts – and this no doubt added to the success of the event. The funders of the event – the HIE Community Land Unit and Forestry Commission Scotland – would like to thank C3 for hosting it, and all the speakers who provided such inspiration.

The presentations are available to view online, as video / audio (broadband advised!) and for printing (as PDF files). Try starting the audio and then view the presentation online - its (almost) like being there yourself!

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Introduction to the seminar (no presentation)
Click to download in MP3 format (8.07MB)

11min 45sec
David Blair: Living and Working in Woodlands
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24min 49sec
3.9 Mb
Jamie McIntyre: Rural housing burdens & rural housing bodies
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13min 38sec
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Tom Hainey: Embo Croft Housing Study
Click to download in MP3 format (16.93MB)

24min 39sec
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Question and Answer Session (variable sound quality)
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7min 33sec
Joe Kerr: Croft housing: self build on the croft
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13min 4sec
3.9 Mb
Alex Glasgow: Case study: the croft house as an improvement
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19min 38sec
2.6 Mb
Tom Hainey: Croft housing: self build off the croft
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12min 33sec
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Neil Sutherland: Case study: self-build using local materials
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20min 43sec
3.7Mb
Tom Hainey: Case Study: the Ardgeal project
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18min 46sec
1.8 Mb
Bernard Planterose: Using local timber Not available 4.3 Mb
Discussion session (variable sound quality)
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21min 53sec
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