Landowner’s fear over timber theft from Bute woods

The Mount Stuart Trust is increasingly concerned at the theft of wood from amenity areas such as the Skeoch Wood, above.
The Mount Stuart Trust is increasingly concerned at the theft of wood from amenity areas such as the Skeoch Wood, above.

Bute’s main landowner, the Mount Stuart Trust, has expressed concern at the removal of large quantities of timber from woods on its land.

Factor Andrew Nicol told The Buteman that a number of people were driving to locations around the island and removing firewood from trees which were both dead and alive.

“The volume being removed is greater than domestic demand,” Mr Nicol said, “and we believe that it is being sold on for profit.”

Mr Nicol’s warning follows a similar appeal made last year after windblown wood was removed from a number of locations around the island after severe storms in January 2012 brought down a large number of trees.”

“We are also concerned still about the safety aspects,” Mr Nicol added. “Trees whether fallen or not present a significant danger even to trained individuals.”

Concerns or questions regarding timber belonging to the Trust can be put to Mr Nicol at the Bute Estate office on (01700) 502627; if you have information about those responsible for removing the wood, this can be passed on to Police Scotland by dialling 101 and asking for Rothesay police office.