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Plan to renovate Athnamulloch Bothy in Glen Affric

Athnamulloch Bothy Image copyright Trees for Life
Image caption The bothy before it closed in 2008

A remote mountain bothy that was closed six years ago because it was structurally unsafe could soon be reopened as a base for tree planters.

Athnamulloch Bothy lies west of Loch Affric in Glen Affric in the Highlands.

The charity Trees for Life, based at Findhorn Bay near Forres, has been raising funds to pay for the property to be renovated.

It plans to use the bothy as a base for a project set up to restore an area of ancient Caledonian Forest.

Working with Forestry Commission Scotland, Trees for Life plans to plant 250,000 Scots pines in the glen.

Glasgow-based wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan, who has worked on the BBC's Springwatch programmes, is supporting an appeal to raise the final £30,000 needed to restore the bothy.

Money already raised includes a £20,000 grant from The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation in Fochabers.

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