New directors for Bute Conservation Trust

Bute's new countryside ranger, Ian Brown - one of two newly-appointed directors of the Bute Conservation Trust.

Bute's new countryside ranger, Ian Brown - one of two newly-appointed directors of the Bute Conservation Trust.

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Two new directors were appointed to the board of the Bute Conservation Trust at the organisation’s annual general meeting.

Margaret Shields, who has also taken over as the Trust’s secretary and treasurer, and Mount Stuart’s Bute ranger Ian Brown, were voted on as directors of the organisation, which is responsible for promoting the conservation of the island’s built and natural environment and managing the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The Discover Bute scheme saw £2.8 million spent between 2008 and 2012 on hedgerows, woodlands, walls, fencing, paths, training courses, education visits and public events.

At the end of the 2013-14 financial year the Trust had net assets available for its work of £153,174, with a further £64,679 available from the European LEADER funding scheme administered by Argyll and Bute Council.

Trust chairman Donald Kinnear said the organisation’s plans for 2015 would be unveiled at a meeting early in the new year.

“The Trust is very much alive and well,” Mr Kinnear told those present at the AGM at Rothesay Pavilion, “and we hope we we are meeting our goals of preserving the natural environment of the island for residents and visitors to enjoy.”