Bute Forest has announced the resignation of its graduate forester, Ben Robinson.
Mr Robinson, who started work with the community-owned project in July 2012, is moving to a new post in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, where his interest in forestry first began.
Bute Forest Ltd’s directors said in a statement: “Ben has been a great asset to the forest project and we are all sad to be losing him.
“We wish Ben all the best in his new role and feel it is an indicator of the project’s success that we have been able to support a new graduate through their first employment and into a promising career.” Bute Forest Ltd was set up to manage the forest on behalf of its parent organisation, the Bute Community Land Company, which purchased 161 hectares of ancient woodland, commercial forest, moorland and coast at the north end of the island in July 2010.
At the same time the company acquired rights over a further 535 hectares for footpaths, cycle paths and hydro schemes following a community vote in favour of a buy-out.