Bute Forest is owned by Bute Community Land Company, a locally controlled and managed charitable organisation with over 450 members.
To become a full member with voting rights you must be on the electoral register on the Isle of Bute. Download a Membership Application Form
In 2009, 93% of 2739 people (52% of the eligible population) voted in favour of purchasing the forest at the north end of the island and created a record for the largest community-vote! They felt strongly that the forest should be managed environmentally, with clear felling avoided if possible, new jobs created and better recreational facilities developed for local people and to attract new visitors to the island. Bute Forest is the largest community buy-out of privately owned land in Scotland.
The vision of Bute Community Land Company is for an island:
- which is widely regarded as the best Scottish island in which to live, to work and to visit
- with a strong, stable and prosperous community
- which has access to excellent facilities and great communications with the mainland
- which retains its special sense of beauty and remoteness
Bute Community Land Company created a subsidiary to manage the forest in 2010. This subsidiary is now dormant.