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Bute woods project takes step back in time

Jessica Herriot and Gordon Stevenson hard at work in Wood Watch Heritage Bute's clearing near the Mount Stuart visitor centre.

Jessica Herriot and Gordon Stevenson hard at work in Wood Watch Heritage Bute's clearing near the Mount Stuart visitor centre.

 

The founders of a group set up to reintroduce Bute’s residents and visitors to the simple pleasures of life in the woods have spoken to The Buteman about the success of their project so far.

Jessica Herriot and Gordon Stevenson established Wood Watch Heritage Bute in February 2013, with the aim of protecting the legacy of part of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, which saw £2.8 million invested in regenerating the island’s rural heritage between 2008 and 2012.

Their clearing, just yards from the award-winning visitor centre in the grounds of Mount Stuart, features a a charcoal burner, a cob oven, a smoker for preserving food, a wood-turning lathe, a roundhouse, a lumber horse, a weaving loom, a netting frame, a weaving loom and much, much more.

“It’s a chance for people to discover how all these traditional skills, not using any machinery, electrics or electronics, were acquired,” Jessica said.

“And we find that once people are engaged with what we’ve got here, they become quieter, calmer and much more relaxed.

“It’s seriously disappointing when the end of the day comes and we have to go back into the modern world!”

* More on Wood Watch Heritage Bute in the July 18 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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