Open evening to showcase Bute Conservation Trust

The Tramway Path between Croc-an-Raer and Ettrick Bay - one of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme's initiatives for which the Bute Conservation Trust now has responsibility.
The Tramway Path between Croc-an-Raer and Ettrick Bay - one of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme's initiatives for which the Bute Conservation Trust now has responsibility.

The Bute Conservation Trust is holding a ‘members’ night’ this coming week to try and spread the word about its work - and to seek out new recruits.

The Trust’s responsibilities include maintaining the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, which saw £2.8 million ploughed into initiatives throughout the landward part of Bute thanks to financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland and others.

Trust chair Donald Kinnear said: “During this ambitious project new paths were created (such as the much used Tramway path to Ettrick Bay) and existing paths were enhanced. Much work was done to re-instate dry stane dykes and replant stretches of hedgerow and areas of native woodlands. Several courses were run covering various aspects of countryside skills as well as holding public events such as Big Man Walking (who will ever forget that blue giant?).

“Three years after the conclusion of the project the role of the BCT is even more important. Several signposts and waymarkers are showing the ravages of time and weather (not to mention human intervention), sections of paths need to be restored and new ideas have to be progressed.

“Those enjoying the highways and byways of Bute can play an important part by feeding back information as to areas requiring attention or potential tourist amenities.”

The Trust’s members’ night takes place at the Pavilion cafe this Monday, September 21, at 7pm.

“This will be social occasion for members of the BCT as well as providing an opportunity to invite those who would like to find out more about the Trust to come along and, hopefully, also become members,” Mr Kinnear added.

“There will be three short presentations showing various aspects of the work of the Trust and information about some of the projects which are in the pipeline.

“Why not come along and see what the BCT is doing to preserve and enhance the island’s trails and attractions?”