Young crofters aid machair art project

Feeding the sheep.
Feeding the sheep.

Students from Lionacleit School, Benbecula, have been learning about life on the croft with local crofter, Neil MacPherson.

The recent visit included pupils participating in the  “Machairart” project along with students from the crofting course run by the school.

Also in attendance was Rebecca Cotton, manager of the RSPB-led Conserving Machair Life + project, who had arranged for the activities to be filmed by cameraman, Andy Mackinnon of Taigh Chearsabaigh, who has been commissioned to make a film about the project.

The students were given an insight into the challenges of animal husbandry by Mr MacPherson and his colleague Steve Carter, and had a chance to feed some of the new lambs and calves.

The Machairart students were able to make drawings and photographs while on site. 

The group of twelve elected themselves to be a part of “Machairart” which combines art with learning about crofting on the machair. 

They are finding out how crofting can be sustainable in the future while preserving the delicate balance of rich flora and fauna. 

See full feature in this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, April 26th.