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THE CROFT
Rosie and Nigel Burgess have lived on Mull for 40 years and have been working the croft (an agricultural smallholding in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland) since 1990. Rosie is the fourth generation of her family to work land on the Ross of Mull. Our croft comprises 22h rough grazing land supporting a small flock of Jacob sheep and chickens. It has been managed under the Rural Stewardship Scheme increasing the diversity of wild flowers, woodland and wildlife. Guests are welcome to explore the croft and contribute to our records of the wild flowers and wildlife here.
Rowan and her lamb Making hay while the sun shines Our hens
Rosie started our small market garden in a sheltered valley in 2006, growing the veg and fruit with no pesticides or herbicides, using primarily seaweed, compost, animal and green manures. In turn this supports a healthy population(!) of slugs and voles which are thankfully held in check by the toads, slow-worms, hedgehogs and resident pair of buzzards, passing hen harrier, kestrel and merlin. The 'Slow Food' movement here is actually 'Very Slow Food' - from 3 - 6 months from seed to the table!
A forest of fennel Polytunnel Tomatoes
Our range of seasonal vegetables, fruit, preserves, eggs, meat, other organic and eco-products are available directly from the croft through our small farm shop called 'The Crofters' Kitchen'. You can be sent a list of available items in advance of your stay to help save 'food miles' and the space in your car. It's bound to taste miles better . . . !
Chillifest Picallili September selection
Our Gold Green Tourism Award
You may have noticed the green sticker on our Home page which reflects our principles and practices to be environmentally responsible - so important in this difficult age of pollution and climate change.
Both cottages were designed principally for energy conservation and sustainability and we encourage our guests to follow our practices while staying here and maybe even take a few ideas home. We are delighted to chat with guests about growing and alternative energy but, be warned, once started, we find it hard to stop...!
Flower Caterpillar Bluebells
Moth Primrose Snail
Orchid Dragonfly Cowslip
Caterpillar Orchid Caterpillar
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Rosie & Nigel Burgess, Dail an Inbhire, Kintra, Isle of Mull, PA66 6BT Scotland, UK
Tel: 01681 700509
enquiries@ecocroft.co.uk