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Information on the village of Lochinver in Scotland.
This "Estate" consisted of 21,300 acres and was made up of thirteen townships - Torbreck, Achmelvich (part), Clachtoll, Stoer, Balchladich, Clashmore/Raffin, Culkein Stoer, Achnacarnin, Clashnessie, Culkein Drumbeg, Drumbeg and Nedd.
In 1992, the speculator went into liquidation, and a London firm of Liquidators appointed the previous selling agents, once again. This time, they divided the "Estate" into seven parcels, again without consulting the locals.
A public meeting was called, at which it was proposed that an attempt be made by the crofters of the area to raise sufficient money to bid for the land themselves. This was agreed and a Steering Committee formed. This committee was made up, in the main, from the grazings clerks of the townships - and was charged with guiding the project and keeping the crofters fully in the picture.
Within three months a feasibility study had been carried out with financial support from the Crofters' Union and the local Enterprise Company. Rumours began to circulate in the national press about this group of crofters who were trying to buy back their land.
When the campaign went public, offers of support and financial contribution began to pour in from all over the world. With such a high level of support, serious discussions could be opened with the Liquidators. Two offers were knocked back, but in December 1992 a deal had been reached. £300,000 pounds, of which almost half had come from locals and their supporters worldwide, was the agreed price. The rest was made up from grants and loans from public bodies.
North Assynt Estate was now owned by the Assynt Crofters Trust. They took title to the land on February 1st 1993.
The four man Executive, which does the day to day running of the Trust, is directly responsible to the Board, which meets in public every two months.
The Work of the Trust
But the work goes on...
The Ten Years Anniversary was celebrated with a two-day Conference and Ceilidh at The Fank, Stoer.
The Story of the Assynt Crofters' Trust and the work which they had to do to regain their land has been told in a book:
The Trust have their own website: www.assyntcrofters.co.uk where the latest developments can be followed, and photos of the "Fling in the Fank" can be viewed.
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