Local News for Thursday 16th May 2019


The Croft Woodland project in the Western Isles is to be extended for a further five-years following a successful first phase, resulting in 100,000 trees being planted in 51 villages across the islands with the support of Point and Sandwick Trust (P.S.T.)

The community wind farm charity will fund a second phase with a budget of £400,000 over five years. A total of 103 schemes have been planted so far and the 51 villages which have taken part are spread across five islands – Lewis, Harris, Barra, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist.

Former MP Calum MacDonald who piloted the first Crofter Forestry Act through Parliament in the 1990s before turning community wind farm developer is delighted at the new wave of crofter forestry in the islands supported by the Trust.

He said: “It’s obvious that there is a huge amount of pent-up demand in the islands and that’s why we’ve decided now that we shall renew the scheme and confirmed the funding for the next five years – but eventually we are probably talking about a 20-year commitment, that will have a transformative effect on the biodiversity and the landscape of the Western Isles and the amenity for the communities.”



Islands SNP MSP Alasdair Allan says Voters in the Western Isles should use the upcoming European election to send a message to Theresa May that “Scotland has had enough of being ignored.”

Alasdair Allan MSP said:

‘The Western Isles voted to Remain in the EU – But we face the prospect of a shambolic Tory Brexit that threatens to have a devastating impact on living standards, our public services, and the economy.

‘On May the 23rd by voting SNP, people can send a clear and unequivocal message to Theresa May: Scotland’s future lies in Europe and Scotland has had enough of being ignored.

‘Since Winnie Ewing was elected to the European Parliament for the Highlands and Islands forty years ago, the islands have had strong SNP advocates in Brussels. I want to take this opportunity in particular to recognise the work done for the islands’ fishing and crofting interests by Ian Hudghton MEP, who is standing down at this election.’