Jewson’s Timber Support Team recently joined forces with James Jones & Sons and the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) to provide a much-needed upgrade to a local bothy– The Dryfehead Bothy near our Lockerbie sawmill.

Bothies aren’t built to offer much in terms of luxury, but Jewson and the MBA worked together to create a space which is both warm and comfortable for users.

Jewson supplied insulation and a team of volunteers to help keep the room extra warm and heat efficient, especially when the open fire is roaring. James Jones donated Douglas Fir timber to internally clad and floor the room.

Jack Sutcliffe, Jewson Timber Support Manager, explained: "Bothies are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Sometimes the shelter they provide can prove to be a lifesaver. The weather can transform in an instant in the mountains, so if you’re out and about it’s important to know where there’s a bothy nearby. This upgrade of Dryfehead Bothy means it will offer warm, comfortable shelter for hikers for years to come.”

Alan MacDonald, MBA Area Organiser for Southern Scotland, said: “Thanks to the fabulous support from James Jones & Sons and Jewson, the MBA has been able to upgrade half of the bothy at Dryfehead near Lockerbie to a standard we’ve never seen before.

“Jewson’s Jack Sutcliffe was instrumental in bringing together not only a significant donation of materials from Jewson and James Jones, but also in facilitating the labour needed to carry out the upgrade. A huge round of thanks goes to him for his time, his drive and his persistence and to the five very cheery helpers from Jewson who gave up their time to help us get the job done.

“We were blessed with perfect weather and with brighter times ahead, we hope the many visitors to Dryfehead Bothy will be able to enjoy their new and improved accommodation.”