A surface coal mine in Scotland is to be restored with a series of visual and safety improvements.
The Spireslack facility in East Ayrshire has been abandoned since its former operator, Scottish Coal, went into administration in early 2013.
Approximately 1.2 million tonnes of rock and soil will be re-profiled to get rid of steep slopes and other dangerous features.
The work, which will be carried out on behalf of East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT), will be undertaken by Banks Mining.
It’s expected to boost the region’s economy, revive natural landscapes and benefit the local community.