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Apr 2011

We had a big turn-out by local crofters and local government agency staff to demonstration events in North Uist and Benbecula on shallow ploughing and rotovating to benefit the machair.

Demonstration events were held in North Uist and Benbecula. Project machinery was at hand to demonstrate ploughing and rotovating at shallow depths (4 to 5 inches), which encourages the germination of arable plants and benefits soil condition on the machair. Both events were well attended by over forty crofters and their families who gathered to look over project machinery and plough works and discuss issues related to managing the machair. We will be holding follow-up events to look at the quality or crops and biodiversity benefits of these cultivations later in the summer.