Broadford bridge gets new lease of life

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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.’