Works are taking place to fell a forest at the site of the former Lethanhill mining village near Patna.

Jim Wilmer and Sons Timber Harvesting, based just outside Dailly, are working to clear around 6,000 tonnes of timber from the site.

The village was built by the Dalmellington Iron Company in the 1800s to house workers from the nearby ironstone mines.

The last resident left the village in the 1950s, and it has been preserved as a scheduled monument ever since.

Felling and timber harvesting work on the site is now necessary due to the age of the trees, which are beginning to blow over and causing safety concerns.

David Wilmer, from the company, says the former village will be protected during the works, with staff working closely with Historic Environment Scotland.

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He explained: “It is quite a delicate operation to remove the timber whilst protecting the ruins of the village, so we will be implementing buffer zones for our machines.

“We have been working in close dialogue with HES and have all the necessary permissions, permits and methodologies passed and in place.

“We are dedicated to preserving the remains of the ruins and anyone with any concerns can contact us and we will meet them to discuss our methodologies.

“The work will actually make it safer for people to go and visit the site, and pay their respects.”

Anyone wishing to get in touch with the company can call 01465 811600.