The Spotlight On is to provide a snapshot and insight into Assessor’s lives and regions.
This month the spotlight is on Joyce Wilkinson.
Joyce is the Assessor for Kilmonivaig, Kilmallie, Arisaig & Moidart, North Morar District of Glenelg and the Small Isles.
Joyce lives on a 9ha croft which is one of several small crofts in the township of Bunacaimb in Arisaig, the croft also has shares in the common grazing.
The croft has been in Joyce’s late father’s family for over 250 years and her Mum, Beatrice lives next door in the original croft house. The croft consists of machair soil running down to the beach and back onto a common grazing of peat and heather. Joyce keeps 5 registered Luing cows that calve to the Simmental bull.
Joyce said, “I also have a small 18 pitch caravan site, and two self-catering cottages, that are very busy throughout the season. The caravan site shop sells local meat, eggs and home-made tablet. The meat is mostly from Highland bullocks that I buy in, store, take them through to finishing and take to the nearest abattoir on Mull. I stay on the croft with my daughter Roslin, who is 14, and my 24 year old son Calum is studying in Glasgow.
When I am not looking after the cows and caravan site I also keep a small breeding herd of Highland ponies and like to get away to shows now and then.”
“As an Area Assessor I enjoy being able to meet local crofters and help them with some of the complexities of croft regulation, from croft registration to filling in the new crofting census, Assessors have a role to play in helping active crofting continue.”
Joyce is also a Grazing clerk for the Back of Keppoch, Glenan, Achnaskian Etc Common Grazings and a Director of the Scottish Crofting Federation and of the local Community Trust.