Making a wishThe Chair of Bute Community Land Company, which manages Bute Forest, has stepped down. Ian Jardine has been the Chair of BCLC for the last few years. He is succeeded by Emma Cooper, who will be Acting Chair until a fuller review of the organisation and its needs has been undertaken.

Emma said “Bute Forest is at a very exciting but critical stage. We are on the verge of submitting a comprehensive application to the Big Lottery Fund and other grant funders to secure the funding required for the next stage of the forest’s development.

If this is successful then work which has been in progess for almost 5 years will finally come to fruitiion. It has been a slow and at times frustrating process so far, but when I look back over the journey we have taken, then I know we have learnt a lot and come a long way too.

As a board we are currently reviewing our priorities and processes and we will be updating the community regularly on the progress we make.

I greatly look forward to leading the organisation through this next stage of development.”