Bute Forest receives £10,913 enterprise grant

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THE Bute Community Land Company has been given a £10,913 grant by Highlands and Islands Enterprise to assist with the development of the Bute Forest project at the north end of the island.

The grant represents a 40 per cent contribution by the enterprise company towards the £27,289 cost of new equipment – specifically a tractor to help move timber in the southern part of the 161 community-owned hectares occupied by commercially-planted forest.

Meanwhile, a new family-friendly foot trail through the commercial forest area, marked by rocks painted by members of the public, was opened on Thursday at an event which also featured a range of activities such as storytelling, wicker bug making and pond dipping.

The pond-dipping exercise is the first step in what will become a yearly pond survey at the site, to be carried out as a condition of a CSV Action Earth grant recently awarded to the forest.