A community group has released a film in a bid to help its aim of preserving a north-east hill and its surrounding area.
Save Bennachie, a group founded to protect the hill and its surrounding area, has objected to two of the five options put forward by the Scottish Government for the proposed upgrade of the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness by 2030.
Transport Scotland is progressing the plan to dual the carriageway by 2030.
A number of route options near Inverurie are being considered. One option would have the road passing directly through the surrounding Bennachie Forest, and another would pass close enough to affect the forest, the group says.
Linda Bayne, a member of the group, said the aim of the documentary was to raise awareness of the cause, and of how loved the site is.
She said: “It’s important the public know the area is under threat. A lot of people love it, and we want to make them aware that we want to fight this. It’s really important local people get involved in this process, because there are a lot of people across Aberdeenshire who love Bennachie.”
Linda also hopes the film will attract young people to join the campaign against the route.
She said: “We’re really hoping to make younger people aware of the issue, because if it doesn’t happen until 2030, it’ll be the younger people who are affected by it. We want them to get involved before it’s too late.”
The film’s director Alex Thomson, 24, said: “I grew up in Inverurie so Bennachie was always a constant, and I’ve always had an interest in environmental film making, so I thought this would be a good way to help out.”
Alex hopes the documentary, which took volunteers five months to create, will be seen by young people on social media and will “encourage a lot more to get involved”.
A Scottish Government spokesman said route assessment work was now under way and consultations were expected later this year to identify a preferred option.
He added: “Meaningful engagement with communities and local groups, including the Save Bennachie Alliance, is a key part of our work as we develop the plans. This includes a rolling programme of engagement events.”