Charity officials have condemned thieves who stole hundreds of pounds worth of equipment from a storage unit at Bennachie.
The break-in was discovered by members of the Bailies of Bennachie from their metal shed at the local centre.
We are heartened by the high level of support from members of the communityJackie Cumberbirch Bailies of Bennachie
Thieves got away with around £700 worth of tools, including spades, mattocks, bow saws and work gloves.
The theft was reported to police on Monday, January 25.
The Bailies is a charity that helps to conserve and promote the natural and cultural heritage of the hill, undertakes regular voluntary work helping to maintain some of the hill paths.
Senior Bailie Jackie Cumberbirch said: “We were very disappointed about the tool theft.
“However, we are heartened by the high level of support from members of the community, from individuals offering tools and groups such as Westhill men shed donating spare tools.
“Individuals have also pledged to send us money and we have had a locksmith donate his time and visit the cabin to reforce our security. We are grateful for their support.”
Mick Taylor and Harry Leil, who both organise monthly voluntary work parties on the hill, discovered the break-in.
Mr Taylor said: “We do not undertake work on the hill in January so had not been to the shed for a few weeks.
“We are very disappointed to find that all our tools had been stolen. We work on the hill because we care about it.”
Mr Leil added: “The police have been informed and that all the Bailies’ tools are marked with orange paint.
“Anyone with any information should contact the local police.
“In the meantime the Bailies will need to restock their tools and are interested to hear from anyone that can help them either by calling 07799658209 or emailing bailiesofbennachie.com