Bute forest’s owners welcome two new board members

The Bute Community Land Company's two new directors, Lee David Thomas and Boyd Alexander, appointed at the organisation's AGM on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
The Bute Community Land Company's two new directors, Lee David Thomas and Boyd Alexander, appointed at the organisation's AGM on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Two new directors joined the board of the Bute Community Land Company, owners of 161 hectares of community forest at the north end of the island, at the organisation’s annual general meeting this week.

Lee David Thomas and Boyd Alexander accepted nominations to join chair Ian Jardine and existing board members Peter Vincent, Aidan Canavan, Emma Cooper and Christine McArthur during Wednesday’s meeting at Bute Museum.

Island resident and tree surgeon Mark Jenkins also volunteered to join the board of Bute Forest Ltd (BFL), the BCLC subsidiary which is charged specifically with the management of the forest at Rhubodach.

The new directors came forward after an appeal from the existing BCLC board members - all of whom are unpaid - for more people to help with the administration and management of the forest and to improve communication with ordinary BCLC members and the wider community.

Mr Vincent, who is a director of both BCLC and BFL, said there had not yet been any responses to an advertisement placed in The Buteman offering up the commercial forestry side of the operation as a business opportunity, with exclusive rights to extract timber under the terms of an agreed felling licence.

The ancient woodland, commercial forest, moorland and coast at the north end of the island was bought by BCLC in 2010 following a community vote in favour of a buy-out. The company also acquired rights over a further 535 hectares of land for the development of footpaths, cycle paths and hydro schemes.

* More from BCLC’s AGM to follow in the next few days.