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'It's absolutely magical, being part of woodland'

Artist Morven Gregor has owned a hut in Carbeth for more than 16 years.

The 47-year-old, of Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, took on the small property with her partner when they both lived in Glasgow as a way to escape city life.

She continues to visit the hut almost every weekend and claims it is a great way to relax and get out into the countryside. She said: "When we got the hut I lived in a tenement flat and my partner lived in a high-rise flat and it was just amazing to get out into the green space.

"It's absolutely magical there, being part of the green woodland. To feel as if you're part of this magical green space is wonderful.

"And also in the hut itself, there's no phone, no electricity, there's no running water, no internet, no mobile reception - it takes you away from all that.

"You become more conscious of your relationship to the environment, you don't have the distractions you have at home.

"We go for walks, play the odd game of chess and it's lovely to catch up with other people on the site."

Carbeth Hutters is one of Scotland's oldest hutting communities, with 150 huts in a 90-acre site.

Ms Gregor added that the hutters have a great sense of community spirit and have gotten to know each other well over the years.

She said: "It's one of the most mixed communities I've ever been in, and we all share this love of this place, it's amazing."

She welcomed the move to include a definition of huts in the Scottish Planning Policy, adding that she hopes it will help more people to build and enjoy them.

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