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Trust 'busy taking pledges' over land purchase

Posted 8 March 2012
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Trust 'busy taking pledges' over land purchase
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The John Muir Trust conservation group has said it is making steady progress in raising the funds needed to buy a patch of land in the Scottish Lowlands.

It is engaged in a joint effort with the Borders Forest Trust to buy the 5,000 acre Talla and Games hope estate and revealed this week that despite having already collected £70,000, more is needed and time is short.

In its latest update, the Trust has said supporters are responding to the call by ringing in with pledges, keeping its phone lines very busy.

Buying the area could help ensure visitors arriving in their walking boots see a more natural landscape, with the two trusts aiming to help keep it as ideal habitat for native priority bird species such as the black grouse.

The John Muir Trust has also asked its supporters to vote for it to be the recipient of a £25,000 grant from the European Outdoor Conservation Association, which would enable it to carry out what it says are urgent repairs to the path in the wooded Steall Gorge in Glen Nevis. ADNFCR-2803-ID-801313005-ADNFCR