he Scottish Wildlife Trust has completed path repairs at Gight Wood near Ellon.
The repairs will allow visitors to fully experience the wood for the first time since part of the path was closed in 2015.
Replacement sections of boardwalk have been installed and the path has been upgraded thanks to a £24,723.00 funding award from Suez Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust).
Rab Potter, Reserves Manager at the Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “We’re very grateful for the funding from SITA that has allowed us to reopen the closed sections of path.
“This a beautiful wood that is home to a wide range of wildlife so it’s fantastic that the public can fully explore it once again.”
Gight Wood is located on steep land sloping down to the River Ythan. It is one of the largest and least disturbed native woodlands in Aberdeenshire and features a mix of hazel, oak and rowan trees.
The popular circular walk around the reserve gives visitors an opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife including otters, red squirrels, woodpeckers and bluebells.
Marianne Ivin of Suez Communities Trust added: “We are so pleased to have been part of this fantastic project, public access to sites like Gight Wood must not be overlooked and we hope that everyone has a great time exploring once again”.
Suez Communities Trust provides grants through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund – an important source of funding which came into effect in April 2015.
The scheme is linked to the Scottish Landfill Tax and encourages landfill site operators to provide contributions to approved bodies, who can then pass the funds onto community and environmental projects.