West Harris Trust - Highland & Western Isles

Established 2008

The West Harris Trust owns and manages 16,700 acres of land, all of which falls within National Scenic Area designation. It is landlord to 52 tenanted crofts and associated common grazings. Of the 95 homes in the area, 35% are second or holiday homes, and the population of the area is only around 130. The age profile is extreme, with 35% of the population over 65, and only 16 children.The Trust is currently progressing development plans for a hydro-electric project on a small burn, and is also examining potential sites for wind turbines. The trust plans to assist townships to create more woodlands and crofters to take greater advantage of landscape and biodiversity initiativesThe estate receives only a low level of income from its land management and crofting landlord roles, and is looking to the hydro-electric project to source income to progress many of its development aspirations

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