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BBC – Beloved Wilderness (2015)

BBC Beloved Wilderness

Beloved Wilderness looks at the work of the Highlands and Islands Development Board in the 1960s. It marked the end of Robert Grieve’s five-year tenure as Chairman and looked back at some of the schemes the Board had undertaken over that time.

The Board aimed to assist with the economic development of fragile areas throughout the Highlands and Islands in order to create jobs and maintain viable populations. Amongst the places the programme visited were the islands of Barra and Scalpay.

On Scalpay the Board assisted local fishermen with the purchase of boats in order to guarantee a livelihood from the rich herring fisheries of the west coast whilst in Barra, initiatives such as small-scale factories making electronic parts and assembling spectacles provided much-needed employment.

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