Final chapter opens in Discover Bute story

Yennie van Oostende casts her eye over the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme's final exhibition.
Yennie van Oostende casts her eye over the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme's final exhibition.

The final chapter in the story of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme was opened in Rothesay on Friday.

The project’s final exhibition will remain on show at the Fyne Homes boardroom in Gallowgate until July 20.

The exhibition includes a display of items which senior members of the Discover Bute management team felt were vital to the success of the project - featuring everything from walking boots and camera film to tea bags and tobacco.

There are also two audio-visual reflections on the scheme, which began in 2008 but whose roots go back to 2004 - one by artist Judy Parrott, featuring stop-motion photography and narration by many of those involved in the project, the other by former BBC cameraman Brian Barr, who has filmed most of Discover Bute’s work for the web and has condensed the highlights into a series of short pieces on DVD.

The final Discover Bute exhibition will also feature talks on archaeology, the work of a countryside ranger, hedged, woodlands, pathways and the legacy of Discover Bute - the last expressed most notably by the Bute Conservation Trust’s plans to set up a heritage and activity centre and bunkhouse at Meikle Kilmory on the west side of the island.

Alongside the exhibition, which runs from 10am-5pm on July 14, 15 and 16 and from 10am-9pm on July 17, 18 and 19, there’s a chance for members of the public to provide their feedback on the four years of the project - to complete the feedback form, just click on the link to the right of this article.