SIX residents of a tiny British island could see its population soar 6,000 per cent after hundreds applied to live there.
The 4,500-acre Ulva, in the Inner Hebrides, did have seven residents, but one left in dismay after a community buy-out.
Jamie Howard’s gran had bought the island for £10,000 in the 1940s, but he opposed the campaign.
Islanders secured nearly £4.5million in funds for the purchase and 350 people have registered an interest in moving there.
Officials want to repopulate Ulva and get its agriculture going again.
North West Mull Community Woodland Company, which represents the islanders, said: “There has been a gratifying amount of interest from people wishing to make their homes on Ulva.”
The company will work with Argyll and Bute Council to appoint architects to work on the island to restore houses, many of which are ruined.
It said: "There has been a gratifying amount of interest from people wishing to make their homes on Ulva and everyone has been added to a list and will be contacted when we are ready to move to the formal application stage.
"It does need to be clearly stated that this will not be very soon."
The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) created a survey to identify individuals, families, and businesses who wish to relocate to Ulva and become part of the community.
Some fields will be managed to encourage re-establishment of corncrakes, while others will target waders, or the enhancement of species-rich wildflower meadows.
MSP Michael Russell backed the sale and said: "Community purchase gives a new opportunity for Ulva.
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