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October 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

ISLE OF BUTE 'DISCOVERS £2.25 Million' - Webmaster @ 10:00 GMT

The Isle of Bute has been successful in its Stage 1 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Landscape Partnership Scheme under the banner of “Discover Bute”. Subject to final detailed approval the HLF will contribute £1.787 million towards a range of heritage conservation and environmental improvement projects totalling over £2.25million in value.

The projects make up a strategy and action plan aimed at promoting the conservation, protection and better management of Bute’s rich and diverse rural heritage resources, and of encouraging greater awareness and enjoyment of these unique resources.

The HLF has also approved a sum of £110 000 for the Development (Stage 2) Phase which must be passed before any funding becomes available.

The application was submitted under the auspices of the Bute Conservation Trust working with other partners that included Argyll and Bute Council, Argyll and the Islands Enterprise, Mount Stuart Trust, VisitScotland, Bute Estate, Historic Scotland, Bute Marketing and Tourism Ltd., Scottish Natural Heritage, National Farmers’ Union, and the Buteshire Natural History Society. The Trust will be the lead partner and fund-holder for this initiative.

Earlier, the project Steering Group had successfully applied to the HLF for £46,600 to fund a comprehensive Planning Study. The study was prepared by the firm Land Use Consultants of Glasgow and it was their report that accompanied the successful detailed Stage 1 Application.

Local Bute Councillor, Len Scoullar, commented: “I am acutely aware of the time and effort that has gone into Bute’s Landscape Partnership Scheme proposals, and the success of this application is a full vindication of the Group’s vision, hard work and determination. The generous contribution of the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable an imaginative range of projects to be undertaken that would otherwise never have been possible, and we are very grateful for the HLF’s financial contribution which can be seen as an acknowledgement of the Isle of Bute’s exceptional rural natural and built heritage resources. Quite apart from greatly enhancing Bute's tourism product and bringing the island's wonderful landscape assets alive for new audiences, this initiative could represent a critical turning point in the process of Bute’s long-term socio-economic regeneration”.

Dr Peter Hardy of the Buteshire Natural History Society was also delighted and said “the HLF grant, apart from funding many other worthwhile projects, will enable us more comprehensively to survey, excavate, display, and provide information about some of the more accessible ruins on the island. This will greatly enhance the experience of walkers, whether Bute residents or visitors."

It is anticipated that the projects will be carried out between 2008 and 2012.

Reference copies of the Planning Study Report are available at Bute Museum and Rothesay Public Library. Parts of the Planning Study have been posted on this website in the section "Bute in a Nutshell" on the menu opposite. Follow the hyperlinked text.

Buteman Article

Heritage Lottery Fund
For further HLF information contact Shiona Mackay email

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Gala dinner for Johnny Beattie who has strong Bute connections. - Webmaster @ 09:47 GMT

Johnny Beattie, the legendary Scottish impresario/entertainer who has long-standing links with the Isle of Bute, celebrates his 80th birthday in November - and a gala tribute dinner is being held in Glasgow to mark the occasion.

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