Bute councillor ‘would back Ardencraig campaign’

Beautiful Scotland judges Sandy Scott and John MacLennan with members of the Bute In Bloom community group at Ardencraig Gardens in August 2015. Sandy and John went on to cite Ardencraig as a key factor in their decision to award the Rosebowl - the competition's top award - to the island group.
Beautiful Scotland judges Sandy Scott and John MacLennan with members of the Bute In Bloom community group at Ardencraig Gardens in August 2015. Sandy and John went on to cite Ardencraig as a key factor in their decision to award the Rosebowl - the competition's top award - to the island group.

Bute councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar says he would welcome any public petition protesting at the impact of the local council’s Service Choices consultation on one of the jewels in Bute’s tourist crown.

The savings options contained in the consultation include replacing Rothesay’s widely-admired flower beds with areas of grass - a move which, if implemented, could threaten the future of Ardencraig Gardens.

Both the gardens and the Rothesay bedding displays filled with plants grown at the adjacent nursery have been key to the two ‘Rosebowl’ awards won by the island in the annual Beautiful Scotland competition, in 2010 and 2015.

Councillor Scoullar said: “What would be the point of shutting Ardencraig? Every tourist who comes to the island visits the gardens.

“Because of my position I can’t arrange a petition myself, but I would welcome one with plenty of signatures - and I would be happy to hand it over to the council.”

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