New chair for Bute Community Land Company

Ian Jardine is the new chair of the Bute Community Land Company's board of directors.
Ian Jardine is the new chair of the Bute Community Land Company's board of directors.

The directors of the Bute Community Land Company have chosen a new chair for their board - chartered surveyor and qualified civil engineer Ian Jardine.

Mr Jardine, the owner and director of a Glasgow building company specialising in renovation of civic and private properties, said he was “looking forward to the challenge of such a worthwhile project”.

Mr Jardine has been visiting Bute since he was a child, and bought a second home on the island with his wife Mary in 2007.

An announcement from BCLC on Thursday said Mr Jardine had been involved in BCLC since the company’s inception, while Mrs Jardine had carried out the bookkeeping inthe early days of the company.

More recently the couple have been heavily involved as volunteers in the BCLC-owned Bute Forest, especially on the construction of mountain bike trails on the land owned by the company at the north end of the island.

Bute Community Land Company was formed in the autumn of 2009 to pursue the community buy-out of land near Rhubodach put up for sale by Lord Attenborough of Richmond upon Thames.

The buy-out was completed in the summer of the following year thanks to a grant of £356,520 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise - although the purchase was on a much smaller scale than originally planned, with around 540 hectares, most of it occupied by commercial forestry, sold on to the Mount Stuart Trust.

The company now directly owns 161 hectares at the north end of Bute, but retains access rights to the land it sold to the Trust.

BCLC’s board has been without a chair since June this year, when the post’s previous occupant, John McGhee, decided not to seek co-option as chairman and a director in order to devote more time to his day job as a QC in London and to his other role on the island as chairman of VisitBute.