An effort to conserve the landscape of Coigach and Assynt in north west Scotland has received a £3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) is leading work to restore blanket bog and heath moor, repair paths and reconnect fragmented native woodland.
Funds will also go towards excavating and preserving Clachtoll broch, an Iron Age settlement. The project is part of a 40-year vision for Coigach and Assynt.
SWT is involved in Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape (Call), a partnership set up to regenerate the area.
Viv Halcrow, Call\’s project manager, said: \”This Heritage Lottery Funding could have a great impact across the whole Coigach-Assynt living landscape.
\”It would not only benefit the natural, cultural and built environment, but could help to increase integration between communities, landowners, and organisations.\”
The Heritage Lottery Fund describes the area as one of the remotest areas of Europe.
Colin McLean, head of the fund in Scotland, said it has \”astounding scenery\”.
He added: \”However, the enormous pressures upon these landscapes mean that we have to tackle their restoration and conservation on a bigger scale than ever before.\”
Simon Milne, chief executive of SWT, said the trust was delighted with grant award.
He said: \”This money brings environmental benefits through the myriad of restoration projects planned such as native Atlantic oakwood restoration as well as social and economic benefits for the entire community in the Coigach-Assynt area by providing jobs and promoting tourism.\”