23 Mar 2018

Crofters fight EDF wind farm plan

Chief Correspondent

It’s a David and Goliath story playing out in colder climes. For the last 15 years, Scottish law has allowed crofting communities in the Outer Hebrides to buy, manage and farm the island’s land as they see fit.

But now four of them are taking on the might of French-owned energy giant EDF, which has their common grazings in its sights for a wind farm. Their landlord has already sold over the lease to the company, but hundreds of crofters are mounting an unprecedented legal battle to build their own turbines.