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Ecologists advise on Aviemore adventure playground

Pine trees
The playground has been built among pine trees

A new adventure play park set off the ground among pines involved consultation with ecologists and a tree specialist, its creators have said.

TreeZone on Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore features two courses - one designed for children as young as seven and their families.

Sections of the playground reach a height of 12m and feature a 100m zip wire, rope bridges and swings.

TreeZone was expected to be opened over the weekend.

The site's director Mike Dunthorne said: "We have worked closely with Rothiemurchus Estate, with ecologists and with an arboriculturist to ensure that TreeZone compliments and works with the local environment rather than threatening it."

Sustainable sources

He added: "Where possible, the timber used in construction has come from sustainable sources within the Highlands and we have used adjustable straps where we can to attach the safety wires to the trees without damaging them."

VisitScotland said it expected the site to be "highly popular".

In a separate project, two new adventure areas with rope swings and zip wires have been proposed for the Nevis Range ski resort in Lochaber.

A family-level course is planned for part of the car park, while a more difficult one could be created among 30m-tall trees in Leanachan Forest.

They are part of Nevis Range's efforts to make the resort an all-year attraction.

Bosses hope to have the courses open by June.

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