of Aros Park
Isle of Mull
the Forestry Commission bought much of the estate. However the House was
sold to a private buyer who stripped it of all valuable materials then
left; leaving the Forestry with a serious problem, what should they do
with a property no one wanted? And the House was in a serious state of
decay. In 1962 the army was called in to demolish the place for safety
reasons. A very sad end to what must have been a very fine house.
Much of the stone was used to make the car park. The front doors
of the house are now the doors of Tobermory church.
the Forestry Commission reopened the former grounds of Aros House to the
public. A plaque and tree planting ceremony commemorated this event.
Development in the park concentrated on the preservation, and as an area
for quiet leisure pursuits such as walking and fishing. The provision of
car parking and toilets were considered as minimum requirements but the
overall fabric of the area was allowed to decline. The relentless spread
of Rhododendron Ponticum
had caused severe problems on many walkways, making them very dark and
difficult to access and also spoiling many of the excellent views. Some
of the paths became dangerous, becoming pot holed and very muddy in wet
June Saul 2001
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