Bute forest building plans unveiled

The Bute Community Land Company owns 161 hectares of ancient woodland and commercial forest at Rhubodach at the north end of the island. Its subsidiary, Bute Forest Ltd, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the forest.

The Bute Community Land Company owns 161 hectares of ancient woodland and commercial forest at Rhubodach at the north end of the island. Its subsidiary, Bute Forest Ltd, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the forest.

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Details of the accommodation which the owners of Bute’s community forest hope to provide at the north end of the island have been made public for the first time.

If the plans are approved and funding secured, there will be room for 34 people in a combination of huts, yurts and ‘glamping’ pods.

The plans also provide for a cafe, a classroom and meeting space, a play area, a shower and toilet block, an accessible pathway through the forest, moorings in the east Kyle, a 45-space car park (with an overspill space for a further 50) and coach parking facilities.

The development is subject to a ‘stage two’ award of almost £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund; the forest’s owners, the Bute Community Land Company, have until March to submit their bid for the cash.

BCLC director Emma Cooper said: “This is a positive next step towards achieving our goal within the forest of providing a new attraction for both visitors to and residents of Bute.

“We have kept the planning department informed about our plans. Our next step is finalising the business plan and submitting our stage 2 application to the Big Lottery Fund.

“We will be displaying the plans in the library in the new year and holding an open evening with detailed information about the plans in February. We hope to see many of you there.”

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