CROFT7 - Working with Nature


 The croft area being managed by Croft7 is approximately 1 Ha of wet rushy grassland, bordered by a small spate burn to the West which as a number of willow along its banks with a band of Gorse.
The gorse is providing a partial windbreak from prevailing SW winds and will also provide flowers for dyes,wine making and use in food such as scones.
  The croft as had to be fenced off from predation by red deer and rabbits within the perimeter fence    livestock pens for Geese, ducks, and free ranging hens have been constructed. 
  The hens range under a mix of fruiting small orchard trees and shrubs,   Hazels,  Cherry Plum,  Amelancier,  Sea Buckthorn,  Aronia,  Blackthorn , Crab Apples, Apple cultivars, Pears, Plums, Damsons,  red currants,   black currants,  gooseberries, worcesterberry, josta berry.  Fence lines are to be planted up with hedges of dog rose, rosa rugosa,   japonica quince, japanese wineberry,  tayberry,  logan berry,  blackberry cultivars.
   The geese graze two open grass paddocks with alternated monthly grazing of each paddock. The ducks
dabble under a stand of willows which will be harvested over a three year period in a sequence of indivudual trees to maintain a mixed height canopy, between coppice and pollarded trees.
   Areas of wet grassland plants with a wildlife pond are to be managed free of  livestock. Herbs and other wildflowers are encouraged beneath the fruiting trees.    Another area of pollarded willows for firewood, charcoal sticks is also planted up to be harvested on a three year row rotation. Other craft willow for onsite and local workshops are  grown in strips and to provide colourful windbreak hedges protecting our vegetable growing areas.
     The top side of the croft nearest the Fasaig village road contains  14,  1.2 metre by  3.6 metre raised beds,  and two  10 metre by 0.5metre long raised beds for raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and Rhubarb. Asparagus  Some dye plant a herb beds, Tool stores, compost and wormery bins. Comfrey, Nettle Beds and nursery benches for Cottage Garden perrenial plant sales and production.  Rows of Blackcurrants ,Redcurrants, Gooseberries, and willow strips under planted with Alpine Strawberries including a white berried variety.

Raised Beds

Produce     Fruit, Vegtables, Herbs, Dye Plants and Cut  Flowers




  A mix of crops

An article illustrating what we do In Torridon.

  A raised bed of mixed produce   Croft7    companion    planting,  Purple Kale, Nero de Tosca kale, runner beans, broad beans,  dahlia flower (flower heads\ pollen for dye colour). 



 In 2010  Les  carried out some contract work as one of a number of Tutors  
   for   Grow North,
               a practical local food project managed by 
         Sheila Wickens  for  Transition Black Isle


  In 2013  Les co ordinated   a workshop/seminar    weekend for the   
  Community  Woodland Association in Torridon.   

   In the Summer 2013, 30 students and their tutors from the University of Western       Montana visited the Croft7  site in Fasaig. 
   The book Scottish Wild Harvests     to which Les contributed is a   course book for the students.


   We hope to maintain  Biodiversity and if possible extend its range on the croft.

   Croft7 is  a member of

Scottish Crofting Federation

Nourish Scotland

Highland Environmental Network

Reforesting  Scotland
Community Woodlands Association

Orchard Collective Scotland

Wester Ross Fisheries Trust

Scottish Wild Harvest Association.

Trees For Life

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

British Dragonfly Society   

Butterfly Conservation Scotland

    see  LINKS

    some of the species found on the croft.  Photographs Les Bates

                                                                                                             Ladies Smock

               Bumb                                    Bumble Bee  approaching  Pulmonaria flower

                                               Male Orange Tip Butterfly on  Siberian Wallflower

                                             Bumblebee approach Clary Sage flowers in herb bed.

                                   Common Frog

                                  Golden Ringed Dragonfly

Hawker Dragonfly   DRAGONFLY  SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS LEAFLET   llink  please click to view

                       Common Blue



  Meadow Flowers at the Fasaig Croft


Common Toad



         Bumblebee:-  Bombus lapadarius on Bergamot Flower

       Forest Garden Fruits 

    Sambuscus        `Thunder Cloud`