Scotland - Historic Loch Arkaig Forest with legend of hidden treasure bought by community group

The historic 2500 acre forest of Lock Arkaig has been bought by the local community. Woodland Trust Scotland joined with Arkaig Community Forest to purchase the forest. The Woodland Trust intends to restore the forest with a programme of native tree planting. An appeal was launched to raise money towards buying the forest. Gary Servant, of Arkaig Community Forest, said: "This is a great moment. The land has been bought and we have a fantastic opportunity to work together to restore these native woodlands and to reconnect local people with their forests.

"Everyone is very excited and we give heartfelt thanks to all who have supported us and have contributed to the appeal."

Loch Arkaig in Lochaber in the west of the Scottish Highlands is said to be the site where hidden foreign gold remains buried. The gold was to fund Bonnie Prince Charlie's 1745 Jacobite Rising.

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