Bute Community Land Company heads back to its roots

Ian Jardine, the chair of Bute Community Land Company's board of directors.
Ian Jardine, the chair of Bute Community Land Company's board of directors.

The management and operation of Bute’s community-owned forest is the number one priority of the Bute Community Land Company, according to its chairman Ian Jardine.

Mr Jardine, who has been in post since November, told The Buteman that both he and his fellow directors are fully committed to what many will see as a return to the roots of the company.

And after a difficult two years which saw members and directors express concern at the way the company was being run, and more recently the decision that BCLC’s other subsidiary, Brandish Bute, should cease trading, the new top man seems happy that the company is now able to devote all its energy to the running of the forest.

“I’m coming in after a couple of years have elapsed,” he said.

“The people who did have the original concept were committed to it and genuinely felt it was the way forward for BCLC to take on board a broader remit, and put a lot of energy into that.

“The current philosophy is ‘let’s get the forest sorted out’, and I sign in to that philosophy. We have an almost completely new board - Christine McArthur is the only element of continuity from the original board - and we all sign in to the current philosophy.”

* To read more from our interview with Ian Jardine, pick up your copy of the March 29 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.