CROFT7 - TORRIDON CROFT FOREST GARDEN
CROFT7 - Working with Nature

TORRIDON CROFT FOREST GARDEN

 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.



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






 


 



 




  



  A raised bed of mixed produce   Croft7    companion    planting,  Purple Kale, Nero de Tosca kale, ruuner 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   
   

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

   Croft7 is a member of
   
   British Dragonfly Society,    Butterfly conservation Scotland,    Plantlife,  Reforesting Scotland, Nourish Scotland,  Highland Environmental Network,  Wester Ross Fisheries Trust, Scottish Wild Harvest Association.

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    some of the species found on croft.  Photographs Les Bate


                        Ladies Smock
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               Bumble Bee  approaching  Pulmonaria flower
                           


                             Orange Tip Butterfly on  Siberian Wallflower
























                                                Common Frog






                         Golden Ringed Dragonfly






     

          
 
   



Green Veined White
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Meadow Flowers







Redpoll


Common Toad

                                       



        
      
   



   





         Bumblebee:-  Bombus lapadarius on Bergamot Flower
    



       Forest Garden Fruits 

                   
                  
           
    
         Forest Gardening and Permaculture,Edible Landscape Management