Volunteers’ efforts in Cnocnicoll Wood

Volunteers take a well-deserved break during the walkway works in Cnocnicoll Wood.
Volunteers take a well-deserved break during the walkway works in Cnocnicoll Wood.

Cnocnicoll Wood at Kingarth saw much action last week with Bute Conservation Trust working in partnership with Mount Stuart Trust on maintaining our countryside.

Under the guidance of Billy Shields, three particularly bad sections of the fast becoming popular woodland walk through Cnocnicoll Wood and onto the West Island Way at the Moor Road, were rebuilt.

When the Cnocnicoll woodland walk was created a number of years ago under the auspices of Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, the Bute Conservation volunteers had used a number of nearby fallen trees to create the walk ways.

Over time, and with our west coast weather, Bute Conservation Trust felt that the time had come to replace them.

The decision was taken by BCT to invest in the materials required, along with the offer of man-power support from MST and the Bute Conservation volunteers, led to the invasion of Cnocnicoll Wood and the completion of three sections of new walkway.

The pictures show the before – at a particularly poor spot – and after, with a new 32’ bridge. This is now followed by another section of the woodland walk that only required boardwalks rather than a full bridge structure. Just ideal for the team to have a tea break on once completed!