Bute Forest’s open day this Saturday

The Bute Community Land Company, which owns 161 hectares of land at the north end of the island, is holding a community open day this Saturday, July 27.
The Bute Community Land Company, which owns 161 hectares of land at the north end of the island, is holding a community open day this Saturday, July 27.

Clydesdale horses, bushcraft, a barbecue, a treasure hunt, competitions, arts and crafts and more will feature in an open day at Bute’s community forest at the north end of the island this Saturday, July 27.

The open day takes place in the work area in the commercial part of Bute Forest, accessed via a track next to Rhubodach cottage.

A free bus will run from Guildford Square in Rothesay at 12 noon and 2pm, and from Port Bannatyne shortly afterwards, with return journeys at 1.15pm and 4pm, and anyone going to the event is encouraged to use the bus if possible as parking at Rhubodach is extremely limited.

Forest manager Emma Cooper said: “Entry is free - there will be small charges for some activities and burgers, but we’ve kept as much of it as free as possible, as we all know how tight family budgets can be at this time of year.

“Plus, it’s your forest, you should be able to come and enjoy a free day out getting to know it better, enjoying some games and activities and seeing how it all works ‘in action’.”