Bute steps up a gear for Beautiful Scotland

The West Church was highlighted as requiring attention ahead of the judges visit.
The West Church was highlighted as requiring attention ahead of the judges visit.

Community team – Bute in Bloom – are hoping to make an impact when this year’s Beautiful Scotland judges arrive to evaluate Rothesay, following their meeting on May 23.

One of the key sites recognised as requiring work was the gap site located behind the Victoria Hotel in Montague Street. The picnic bench there had been vandalised and as a result has been removed. Joe McCabe from Argyll and Bute Council’s local roads and amenity services department stated he would look for another bench to replace it.

Argyll and Bute Council’s environment warden, Ailsa Cunningham, added that she will continue dialogue with the relevant council officer regarding the condition of the fence.

Local artist Jessica Herriot has advised that she will enquire as to whether Bute Estate would be willing to donate fence wood and has offered to paint the fence cut outs featuring Bute visitor attractions/seasons on the island, which will then be mounted on the fence. She added that she will approach local businesses to ask if they would donate the external ply for the fence cut outs.

Linda McLaughlan from Argyll College said that she would speak to her team at the college and enquire as to whether they would be in a position to build the fence and cut the shapes for Jessica to paint.

The West Church car park was also discussed, with comments including that the flowers growing out of the church wall are supporting the bio-diversity of the area. The borders of the car park require some tidying and it was suggested that some more wildflower seeds are sown.

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