A Rothesay charity shop has offered to act as a first point of contact for the owners of Bute’s community forest.
The offer, from Marlene Hill of For Bute in Victoria Street, was readily accepted by the directors of the Bute Community Land Company at the organisation’s AGM in Rothesay this week.
It was made after concerns were aired during the meeting that the closure on cost grounds of the BCLC office in the town had made it much more difficult for people on Bute to know where to go to find out about the forest and to place orders for timber products with the company.
Although there are both email and mobile phone contacts for BCLC and its subsidiary, Bute Forest Ltd, poor reception in the forest at the north end of the island can make it difficult to contact someone quickly by phone.
Marlene said: “We’re for the community, after all, and we want to do things to help.”
For Bute, which has raised more than £30,000 for good causes on the island since March 2013, is located at the former Mackinnon’s jewellery shop in Victoria Street - between Butterflies and Scottish Island Jewellery - and can be contacted on 07947 138570.