Bute forest project: last founding director resigns

Christine McArthur (top left), pictured with current BCLC director Emma Cooper.
Christine McArthur (top left), pictured with current BCLC director Emma Cooper.

The last founding director of the company which owns Bute’s community forest has resigned from the board.

Christine McArthur has been closely involved with the community project ever since the first steps were taken in 2009 towards a community buy-out of the land at Rhubodach.

Mrs McArthur has been a director of the Bute Community Land Company ever since its formal establishment a year later to complete the purchase of 161 hectares of ancient woodland and commercial forest at the north end of the island.

The remaining BCLC directors, including chairman Ian Jardine, held a thank you meal at Harry Haw’s in Rothesay to thank Mrs McArthur for her service to the project.

Mr Jardine said: “Christine has contributed tremendously during her time on the BCLC board and we are very sorry to see her leave. BCLC is on the cusp of achieving many of its ambitions and seeing the project take a big step forward this year.

“This is in no small part due to the commitment shown by Christine and many other people in the community too, without whom we would not be able to proceed.”

Mrs McArthur said: “I want to thank the BCLC board and wish them all the best with the projects and the Stage 2 application to the Big Lottery Fund.”

BCLC would welcome enquiries about becoming a director or from those who may wish to actively participate in progressing the community forest without becoming a directors.