Crofter Donald MacSween of Ness has been shortlisted for a new award to be made by the Scottish Crofting Federation, it was announced today (Thursday September 13th).

He’s one of two finalists in the category Young Crofter of the Year, celebrating the Year of Young People and the role of young people in crofting.  

The awards will be presented by Mel Irivine, one of the stars of BBC TV’s This Farming Life, during a dinner at Grant Hall, Rothes on October 5th.

Patrick Krause, chief executive of the Scottish Crofting Federation, said: "This gathering will bring together crofters from all over the Highlands and Islands to celebrate the resilience of crofting and those young people who contribute to it.” 

Donald MacSween, well-known as ‘Sweeny’ to Lewis crofters, is a recognisable face himself through television work including the popular BBC Alba series Air An Lot, which follows the crofting year on own croft. After being gifted the croft on his 21st birthday he has spent 13 years getting it back into working order.  

His enterprises include egg production, pig, cattle and sheep-rearing, which he does with the help of family and neighbours.  A former grazings clerk for his township, Donald is very much involved in wider township life, working with elderly neighbours to ensure they are able to continue to be active crofters.