Bute forest owner seeks commercial partner

The Bute Community Land Company is offering outside parties the chance to take over the commercial forestry side of its operations in the island's community forest at Rhubodach.
The Bute Community Land Company is offering outside parties the chance to take over the commercial forestry side of its operations in the island's community forest at Rhubodach.

The company which owns the community forest at the north end of Bute is offering up the commercial forestry side of its operation as a business opportunity.

The Bute Community Land Company (BCLC) has placed a notice in the new issue of The Buteman offering exclusive rights to extract timber under the terms of an agreed felling licence, full use of BCLC’s buildings and equipment and rent which will be subsidised for six months, but will gradually increase as the business grows.

BCLC director Peter Vincent told The Buteman the move was a consequence of the resignation of the company’s forester, Ben Robinson, earlier this year to take up a new post in Gloucestershire.

“The issue we have is resource availability,” Mr Vincent said. “Unfortunately the people who have a committed interest in the future of the forest all have day jobs too.

“However, we think someone with energy and enterprise can make a go of this and can create jobs.”

The announcement comes two weeks before BCLC’s annual general meeting, taking place at Bute Museum in Rothesay at 7pm on Wednesday, November 12.

* More in the next edition of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 30.