Bute Community Land Company’s AGM next month

The Bute Community Land Company, which owns 161 hectares of forest land at Rhubodach at the north end of the island, will hold its AGM on August 11.
The Bute Community Land Company, which owns 161 hectares of forest land at Rhubodach at the north end of the island, will hold its AGM on August 11.

The annual general meeting of the Bute Community Land Company will be held on Sunday, August 11.

The company was set up in 2009 after a public ballot returned a 93 per cent vote in favour of the community’s purchase of the Rhubodach Forest at the north end of the island.

BCLC is the parent company of Bute Forest Ltd, which was set up in 2010 with responsibility for the day-to-day management of 161 hectares of natural and commercial woodland in the Rhubodach area.

The company was given the green light in February to apply for National Lottery funding of almost £1 million to meet the cost of building an ecological forest centre and lodge accommodation in the commercial section of the forest.

BCLC currently has more than four hundred members, although forest manager Emma Cooper, announcing the AGM date on Friday, said that new membership applications, which are available at the Bute Forest website, must be returned to the Bute Forest office at 11 Victoria Street, Rothesay by 5pm this Monday, July 15, for approval at the BCLC board meeting that evening.

Until earlier this year BCLC also had a second subsidiary, Brandish Bute, which was set up to promote and sell Bute-made crafts and produce under a single marketing banner, but the operation was closed down because it had been unable to generate enough income to cover its running costs.

The company’s AGM on August 11, at the Bute Museum in Stuart Street in Rothesay, begins at 7pm. Before then Bute Forest is holding an open day in the Rhubodach forest on Saturday, July 27 - more on that to follow soon.