The John Muir Trust (JMT) has received funding from People's Postcode Trust towards a boat and moorings which will provide easy access to its remotest property, Li & Coire Dhorrcail on the Knoydart peninsula.
The JMT was awarded £6,265 by the People's Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity, funded entirely by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
The Trust has been carrying out ecological restoration at the site for the past 25 years. Its aim is to improve important native habitats such as upland birch and native pine woodland and promote a rich range of wildlife on the property, which includes Coire Dhorrcail of Ladhar Bheinn, the most westerly mainland Munro and one of the least accessible and most spectacular mountains in Scotland.
It can take just five minutes to get to the property by boat from the village of Arnisdale on the northern shore of Loch Hourn. Without a boat, the only access to Li & Coire Dhorrcail is a nine mile walk along seven miles of footpath and a further two miles of rough ground.
Lester Standen, who manages the property, said:
'The big challenge in managing Li & Coire Dhorrcail is its inaccessibility. We need to make about 80 crossings a year, to transport staff, volunteers, tools and equipment.'
'Having our own boat is a big step forward and it will cut down on the time volunteers have to spend walking in to the property. I'm delighted the People's Postcode Trust has given us this boost.'
People's Postcode Lottery is Britain's charity lottery. Players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, £2 from every monthly lottery ticket goes to charities and community initiatives across England, Scotland and Wales, including the People's Postcode Trust. People's Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised by players in each country stays in that country.
To find out more about applying for People's Postcode Trust funding and the projects which the Trust supports visit their website.