Mount Stuart gets behind ‘partnership’ idea for Bute green spaces

Rothesay's Skeoch Woods - one of the Bute green spaces which could be managed differently in future.

Rothesay's Skeoch Woods - one of the Bute green spaces which could be managed differently in future.

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The Mount Stuart Trust’s operations director has added his voice to hopes of finding a new way to look after Bute’s green spaces in future.

Adam Ellis-Jones attended a meeting last week with the depute leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Ellen Morton, in the hope of agreeing a way to keep the island’s public spaces, grass verges and community woodlands in good condition while recognising the budget pressures facing the authority.

“We agreed to look at a more sustainable way of maintaining our green spaces - and a way that is probably going to be more community-driven,” Mr Ellis-Jones said.

“There is plenty of funding out there for green spaces and community woodlands on the edge of towns, and we recognise the importance of Ardencraig Gardens and the town’s floral displays.

“We agreed that it’s important to do everything possible to keep those features.

“We would rather have a conversation about how we look after our other green spaces in order to keep Rothesay pristine.”

* More on this story in the January 29 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.