Give your views on landscape scheme

HAVE you given your opinions on the proposals for the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme yet? No? Well, if you do want to say what you think, now is the time to do so – and it couldn't really be easier.

A host of island businesses, organizations and individuals were contacted recently by Dr Colin Smith of the Glamis Consultancy, who is helping to canvass members of the public and find out their views on the proposed elements of the scheme before it is submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for final funding approval.

The project aims are to develop the heritage, history and natural history of Bute to a wide range of audiences, on the island and elsewhere, including island residents, businesses and visitors to Bute.

The project aims to open up access to the landscape heritage of Bute, and tell the story of the island, from Neolithic and Dark Age times to World War 2 and the present through improving physical and intellectual access to the various ancient monuments, wildlife sites and historic sites across the island.

The way in which this will be done is to develop walking routes, provide bird hides, wildlife viewing areas, improved cycling facilities and footpaths and to support these through interpretation and information, improved marketing and general engagement with residents and visitors to Bute.

The survey can be filled in online by going to this address - - and filling in the questions with the answers which apply to you. And it'll only take five minutes!

A workshop is also being planned, to allow businesses on Bute the chance to give their views in more detail.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 11 and anyone interested in taking part who hasn't already been contacted should email Dr Smith on or project co-ordinator Bridget Paterson on

And if you still have the email asking for your views, why not pass it on to anyone else you know who might be interested?