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THE RE­PLACE­MENT of a 20-year- old bridge has made ac­cess to a wooded area in the north of Broad­ford eas­ier.

The orginal Ar­bore­tum Bridge was built by Mag­nus Gun­nars­son around 20 years ago so the small wooded area, in the north end of Broad­ford, could be ac­cessed and en­joyed via a small looped walk.

Over the years the bridge fell into dis­re­pair but some ta­lented vol­un­teers have been hard at work re­plac­ing it.

Vol­un­teer James Phim­ster gave his time to make a new bridge for the Ar­bore­tum. James is also in­volved with the Am Bata project at Plock­ton High School, which teaches tra­di­tional boat-build­ing skills to young peo­ple, and the group kindly do­nated the larch for the new bridge, with var­i­ous other fix­ings com­ing from Broad­ford and Strath Com­mu­nity Com­pany's gen­eral fund.

The bridge started life in Plock­ton, but was put in place on Good Fri­day af­ter James trans­ported it from the Am Bata work­shop to Broad­ford.

A spokesper­son for Broad­ford and Strath Com­mu­nity Com­pany said: ‘We are de­lighted with the new bridge. Thanks to James for vol­un­teer­ing his time and to Am Bata for its gen­er­ous do­na­tion of wood. As a com­mu­nity com­pany we are de­pen­dent on the help and sup­port of vol­un­teers and we are ex­cep­tion­ally lucky with the tal­ent we have in our area.’

The bridge will pro­vide ac­cess to the wood­land area in north Broad­ford.

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