Life on Erraid, off the west coast of Mull in Scotland, appears idyllic and very often it is. However, it can also be tough as we are remote and living on an island has many challenges; not least getting fuel for our wood burners so we are warm and have hot bathing water. We rely on a tractor to transport wood and, despite our best efforts, the corroding effect of seawater takes it’s toll. We now need to replace the current vehicle and are seeking your generous help to do so.
Erraid Isle is home to a sustainable, intentional community that welcomes guests. As well as learning about how we live as a spiritual community and getting a hands on experience of our daily life, guests are able to enjoy the peace and wonder of this amazing island. However, we wouldn’t be popular if we couldn’t provide a warm cottage at night!
The tractor and trailer are used to transport logs across from Mull at low tide and also to help us move chopped wood from the wood shed to our houses. It is also used to collect seaweed from the beach in the winter, essential to maintain the fertility of our organic vegetable beds and help suppress weeds.
We are researching options to secure a replacement; we have looked at All Terrain Vehicles as well as small tractors. Our preference now is for a small tractor and we need to raise £17,000. We simply don’t have this capital. Obviously Covid restrictions have affected all of the hospitality sector, including ourselves, so our cash reserves are not sufficient for such a large purchase.
We are part of the Findhorn Foundation, a Scottish charity, who have an agreement with the island owners, the Van Der Sluis family. The family are planning to install solar panels on our row of terrace houses however we will still need our wood burners in the winter when the weather isn’t clement enough for this renewable energy source.
Thank you in advance for your support. All gifts are welcome.