New ‘Bute Trust’ aims to improve island environment

The Bute Trust hopes to use donations from island residents and 'ex-pats' to improve the environment of the island.
The Bute Trust hopes to use donations from island residents and 'ex-pats' to improve the environment of the island.

Ex-pats from Bute could soon have the chance to make a contribution to life on the island they regard as ‘home’ through the formation of a new Isle of Bute Trust.

The organisation, being spearheaded by Rothesay resident Alisdair Johnston, hopes to persuade at least some members of the ‘Bute diaspora’ to give their support to attempts to improve the island environment.

Mr Johnston grew up on Bute and returned to live on the island last year after 34 years in the army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and was awarded an MBE.

He agreed to look into setting up a trust - similar to one already in place on Arran - after the idea got a warm reception at a meeting in February organised to look at ways of growing Bute’s population.

“We want to do things that will have an immediate or rapid impact on the environment of Bute, on people’s ability to enjoy living here, and on people’s ability to attract visitors.

“There are Bute ex-pats all over the world who love the island, and can be directed to teh Trust’s website, which we’re in the process of setting up, to give one pound, five pounds or whatever.”

Additional trustees are currently being sought for the organisation. For more information on the project, email alisdair@alisdairjohnston.co.uk - and read the full story in the April 3 edition of The Buteman.

(Note that the email address provided in the print article was wrong - the correct address is the one given above. Apologies for the print mistake.)