Flood protection aims to safeguard Bute shinty pitch

Bute Shinty Club's home ground at the Meadows is notoriously prone to flooding - this picture was taken in June 2015. Work is under way on protecting the playing surface ahead of the start of the 2016 season. (Pic - Vera McCabe)
Bute Shinty Club's home ground at the Meadows is notoriously prone to flooding - this picture was taken in June 2015. Work is under way on protecting the playing surface ahead of the start of the 2016 season. (Pic - Vera McCabe)

Fingers are being crossed that work carried out to protect Bute Shinty Club’s home ground at the Meadows from flooding will have the desired effect.

Work parties have been shoring up the ground around the park with sandbags over the last few weeks to try and ensure that the Lovers’ Walk burn above the playing area, and the Lade behind the east end of the pitch, don’t overflow and leave the field unplayable.

And the surface itself is already showing the benefits - but according to Bute’s first team manager, Ted McDonald, all eyes are now on the skies above in the hope that a long enough spell of dry weather will enable the pitch to be used every week when the new competitive season starts in early March.

“The park itself is actually in remarkably good condition,” Ted told The Buteman this week.

“We just need a week’s dry weather so that we can get it drained properly and can put some sand down on it.”

The first game of the new season at the Meadows is due to be played on the opening day of the campaign, March 5, when Bute’s second team are scheduled to take on Oban Lorn; the first home fixture for Bute’s first team is a week later against Glasgow Mid Argyll.